Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July and Cherry Picking

Noah and I had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. We spent time with my mom, with Noah's parents and just with each other. We watched movies on DVD, went swimming, played board games, slept in, went for walks, took the dogs to a park, cooked out, went to a movie, watched fireworks and lit some of our own off, and had a first birthday party for Lola. We also got lots of work done around the farm....we cleaned to house and barn, marked out where we will fence in our yard, went grocery shopping and Noah worked on the new barn. We also had a few people over to see our alpacas. Our weekend was really packed with activities, but it was relaxing too. My favorite part was going cherry picking with Noah, Roz and Lola. We have tart cherry trees on the far end of our hay field and they are perfectly ripe right now. They are so delicious; mostly sweet with a little tart kick. I ate way more than I picked. It was so much fun and so nice to be out in the sunshine and beautiful weather with the ones I love. Here are some pictures.

This is when we were walking out to the cherry trees. You can see them in the distance at the end of the corn and hay field.
Roz watching Noah pick cherries.
Noah accidentally picked a walking stick bug with the cherries.
Roz wanted to know what all the fuss was about and decided to help pick cherries too!
Noah decided he wanted to make a homemade cherry pie with the cherries. He bought a device called a Cherry Chomper that is supposed to pit the cherries. Noah called it Mr. Chomper and was not impressed with how it worked. He found that it worked better to squeeze the pit out by pinching the cherries between his two fingers. Mr. Chomper would probably work better with larger cherries. Another alpaca farm that we are friends with keeps a farm blog as well and I am always reading on her blog how she forages and gathers all kinds of fruits, veggies, and plants around her home for eating and dying alpaca fiber. I think it is so neat! I hope to be able to do more things like this. We have blackberry bushes on the property as well as morel mushrooms that we have picked. We also have a pear tree that the pears are just starting to come out on. I plan to pick some and turn them into baby food and freeze it this fall. I really enjoy foraging much more than actual gardening! We really had a wonderful weekend on the farm!

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