|Buddy age 1.5 - discovering apples in the yard|
Tis the season for free food. The neighbors to the back that we share a fence with have an apple tree which keeps dropping fruit in the yard. I have a helper to gather it. Buddy doesn't eat it, just likes to pick them up and pretend we are playing ball (with me chasing him around trying to get the fruit away). They are not crab apples but some kind of regular eating apple and are definitely not beautiful so perfect for either crock pot applesauce to freeze or an apple crumble which I hope to prepare some time this weekend.
The second cherry tomato is ripening. There are tons of cherry tomato and regular tomatoes coming. Not free but each plant bought at the nursery was $1.99. They are doing really well. The large tomatoes are a bit further behind. I made hubby eat the first one that I thought had ripened - apparently it was still a bit unripe.
I picked up a free zucchini this morning at my old job that I am helping out with for a few weeks. Someone has an over-producing garden and had left this with a sign to "please please please take me away". I am going to cut it in half and deliver some of it to Mom, we will fry up or BBQ the rest tomorrow .
In a few weeks time the blackberries will be ripe and as we have gotten both sun and rain this year I expect a good crop. They are an invasive plant here on Vancouver Island and grow everywhere so no shortage of picking spots. I will have to freeze them until life slows down enough that Mom and I can make some jam. Don't you love free food season?
Life seems to be speeding by very fast. We are madly trying to finish up a presentation that hubby has to fly out and deliver late next week. The flooring is being redone the week after and the week after that my stepson that is in the military is flying in for a few days. Did I mention we got a call from some American relatives who wanted to come stay with us at the very same time? Normally it wouldn't be an issue but they have come before and stay for 4-5 days. This time I pawned them off on Mom as with the business and all that is happening at our house I just can't cope(It is her sister after all :)). I will host a couple of BBQs instead. I am not going to kick my stepson out of our spare room when his trip was planned for months so they can come. Plus, with him I don't have to entertain him, he occupies himself if we are busy. Yes, we are working all weekend as we ran away and had our fun last weekend but hopefully we will squeeze in a long walk on the beach with Buddy or two on Saturday or Sunday.
Have a great weekend everyone!