Life on a family dairy farm
in the wilds of
Upstate New York
Thursday, August 23, 2012
As you can see from these photos the wild fruits and nuts are filling up and ripening. Above are hawthorn "apples" (not to be eaten by folks) and below are wild cherries, which I also don't eat, but the birds and wildlife do. So far haven't seen many acorns, but there is a good crop of black walnuts on the trees out front. Our apple trees have fruit, but it is small and gnarly and not looking very tempting. Might get some jelly just the same but not for a while yet. The tame grapes on the fruit salad tree look pretty good and not quite as high as usual. Maybe this year Alan will be home to get some for me. Hoping to get at least one more bushel of corn to freeze and whatever else we can find. The stuff I froze last week isn't going to last long as it is as sweet as sugar and just plain tasty.
On the bird front it is almost as calm as Christmas Eve, nothing happening much. The chickadees are back though and I am pretty sure Depeche Toi and Hurry Up are still among them. They practically land on my head while I am hanging out laundry, which would seem to be an indication. And how about the spiders this year! They like the clothesline too and are just as tame and friendly as the chickadees....erk.....I have photos of one the size of my thumbnail, but my thumb is much better looking. I spray and sweep the living room and the next day the Irish Crape is back tenfold. I hate sweeping the darned things down. I feel creepy crawly all day. Well, have a good one. The pup is untying the chair cushions again and I must put a stop to that.