Thursday, July 5, 2012
Summer In Full Swing
I hope everyone had a wonderful Canada Day and 4th of July this week! Summer has finally hit us here in the valley. Although, I have given up having any sense of what the weather will be like from day to day and bring a second set of clothes with me to work in case I arrive under hot sun, and leave under rain. A little girl-guide preparedness never hurts.
The fruit harvest has begun in this land of orchards. Our first crop, cherries, took a hit this year with all the rain. Much splitting has occurred and some folks were forced to get their fruit down a bit early. Regardless of how they look - they taste amazing! Cherry jam is on the to-do list this week and I think I'll freeze a few for smoothies too.
The farmers market has had rain every Saturday for the past 6 weeks. This weekend may be the first to see sunshine since the first two weeks it was open in May. I've not even had the heart to do a farmers market post. With any luck, this Saturday I'll have plenty of pics to share.
Also in season now are the Saskatoon berries. These make a lovely jam too. There are many bushes along the river where I walk, so I will have to start bringing a bucket to pick a few.
Much of my time has been spent in the garden trying to keep up with the massive growth due to the rains and occasional hot sun. I'm very fortunate in that my office work can be done on my own schedule, so mornings are reserved for outside work and the hot afternoons now will be spent in the air conditioned office. When I do have a chance to escape the valley floor though, I take it! I went back up into the hills a few days ago to pick some self-heal and a bit more yarrow. These are invaluable in salves for healing all manner of bumps and cuts.
I was also fortunate to spend an afternoon in my friend's garden, which puts mine to shame. Full of ponds, hidden paths, arbours, bird houses, fountains and faeries, this place is alive with birds and wildlife. Also, mosquitoes. Ouch!
The last two days I've been processing some lemon balm that I harvested from a friend's garden. I've hung over a dozen bunches to dry and threw the remainder in the sun-tea jar and set it out to infuse in the heat. What a gorgeous, happy drink this makes. A bit of sugar and it's perfect.
Happy July - and happy summer harvesting!