I woke up feeling a little sorry for myself. I'm not at all proud of this, but it's true. Sophie's violin camp is exactly the same time my favorite blueberry farm is open for picking… and it's a bumper crop this year…. and I can't go until Friday, when the camp is over. And picking started last week. (and yes, I know I'm whining, I'm sorry….) This might not seem like a big deal to some of you. But I know a few of you understand.
I was doing my best to let it all go. I ran the girl back and forth to camp. Checked on my bees to see that my new queen is laying (yeah!). The hive that has been doing so well swarmed while I was in Alaska and Joe was forced to become a beekeeper. He and Wayne (my mentor) got it down from 69 feet up. That's a story for another time…. but the swarm and my original queen have been at Wayne's house…. and then in an observation hive for some kids science classes…. and then back at his house. They should be home later this week and I will be up to three hives. Just in time for pepper bush which is a big honey flow in our area… so I just might see a few jars this year after all!
We took the kids for ice cream on the way to pick up our farm share. Simcock Farm is quite lovely if you happen to be in the area. As for our CSA pickup, so many cucumbers! Wow, fourteen to be exact. The kids have been eating them like apples. I think it's time for a few jars of fridge pickles though. I knew I would be picking up our first fruit CSA today too… and was expecting currants… but not two five pound buckets of blueberries too! Just the surprise I needed this afternoon. I swooned over the basket of veggies and the boxes of currants and the blueberries…. which we ate all the way home. New England how I love thee….
Right now I am sitting in the quiet of the back porch, warm afternoon light, chickens softly clucking, mason jar full of nut brown homebrew beside me. A sweet little break……
And that was today……
ps ~ any thoughts on what to do with all these currants? I'd love to know if any of you have a good suggestion!