With death , life follows

Mabel in 2014
Liberty and Hope 1st lamb of 2016/17
Our oldest dog Mabel left us peacefully at home on 12/27/16 and on Wednesday morning our first ewe lamb was born. Her name is Hope and her mother is named Liberty. Today a ram lamb was born to Liberty’s older sister named Hilarious .. her son is going to be called Witty.

Our newest dog Zorra(9 months old) has a shocking experience!

Zorra attentive  and cute!
Zorra attentive and cute!

No, she did not discover the electric fence with her nose…but it was something electric. I was working at the kitchen table and suddenly my 14 yr old Australian shepherd backed out from under the table at the speed of sound.

Next thing I hear is a yelp and Zorra running up the stairs and hiding. Zorra had decided to chew on  a lamp cord and was properly shocked. She has not gone under the table since …instant correction……..but oh so shocking!

Zorra Dog of Action!
Zorra Dog of Action!

Apples and pears are in season

Our own Red Bartlett pears
Our own Red Bartlett pears
Spiced Crabapple Jelly and toast
Spiced Crabapple Jelly and toast
More wild grapes from my neighbors Maple tree grapevine
More wild grapes from my neighbors Maple tree grapevine

The apples and pears this year have been fantastic!Wild grapes have been very prolific(once I discovered where they were hiding)and the damson plums have been delicious but expensive. White pumpkins have arrived and I made two batches of pumpkin pickles during the week.  I am planning to make apple pie filling, lemon pear cardamom preserves and maybe pickled pears during the next 3 days.

Cucumbers and Tomatoes are coming out of my ears….so to speak!

Pickles anyone?
Pickles anyone?

Ah….canning season in full swing. I just wish the Red Sox were good enough

prepping for lemon pickle
Prep for lemon pickle

to get to the World series.It’s not that I am a rabid baseball fan, but my husband and I listen to the game while I can and we both miss it when there is no Red Sox game.  When the play-offs start I will be canning late into the night , listening  to a Baseball game with teams I do not care about.

So back to canning….

Tomatoes,Tomatoes and more tomatoes……………

Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for roasted pizza passata
Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for roasted pizza passata

It is amazing how long it takes to process 213lbs of plum tomatoes before they start to deteriorate. Last year the tomato harvest

Sweet garlic dill pickles ready to pack!
Sweet garlic dill pickles ready to pack!

occurred over a month and half period ,but this year everything seems to be ripening at the same time. It is awesome to have so much wonderful produce,but so little time to complete this herculean task.

10lbs of grapes that still needed to prepared for cooking
10lbs of grapes that still needed to prepared for cooking

In between preparation of the tomatoes and  roasting them, I am trying to make jelly,jam,pectin

Home made apple pectin made with Wealthy apples
Home made apple pectin made with Wealthy apples

and pickles……….But the bounty will soon decrease and the pace will slow…….I hope.

The Harvest is in full swing!

I have picked 37lbs of Raspberries, 47lbs cucumbers ,24lbs of the cucumbers are for pickling and the rest are for Indian Style Cucumber Relish and Cucumbers with lemon. My neighbor Patty has been selling me her greenhouse tomatoes which I took possession of  today,37lbs of small paste tomatoes and  35lbs of big paste tomatoes. My weekend has been filled with roasting tomatoes, canning pizza passata, preparing tomatoes and ingredients for Barbecue Relish. Tomorrow I will be making pickles, more pickles, then back to the tomatoes and barbecue relish.

What to do with 50lbs of plum tomatoes?Passata!
What to do with 50lbs of plum tomatoes?Passata!
Pickles anyone?
Pickles anyone?
Barbecue relish is Back!
Barbecue relish is Back!
Large Plum tomatoes Ready for more Passata and possibly more Bruschetta in a Jar
Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for Bruschetta in a jar & Salsa-Bruschetta style