I certainly have been away for quite a while again, haven't I?
Summer passed rather quickly, except for the few hot and humid spells we endured... they always seem to last forever. The vegetable garden started out well, but once the guineas, ducks and chickens found their way in, that put quite a dent in things. I managed to harvest onions, rhubarb, basil, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and garlic, but aside from a few cucumbers early on and four pumpkins (and perhaps that many zucchini) that escaped the ducks and chickens feet and beaks, there was little else to brag about. However, the raspberries are still producing even though we've had a few good frosts. (I picked 3 quarts just the other morning as it was spitting snow, and finally managed to make a batch of jam.) There have been plenty of apples on the trees this year, so mom and I have pressed a good 10+ gallons of cider. My dear friend Martha brought over three big bags of her apples, and combined with the varieties grown here, we had some of the best cider we've ever made!