This Sunday brings pickles, raspberries and rain.
I started out this Sunday in the garden by trying to finish a pickling session I started at home earlier in the day. I wanted to pick a bunch of cucumbers from my row so that I could finish up the pickling for this year, but unfortunately there weren't that many out there. I found enough to do four more quarts. I still have about five more quarts to fill the pantry with dill pickles for the year.
I like my pickles dilled ,nothing sweet. They are simple to make and fairly cheap. I just make a brine with cider vinegar, pickling salt and water. Bring it to a boil and pour over cold packed cucumbers. I like to also stuff each jar with a garlic clove, a chili pepper and a head of dill. Top that with a sterilized lid and cap and process. In about a week or so we have pickles. YUM!
*I went down to the garden a second time about 5:00pm or so to finish the watering the other two zones that I hadn't finished earlier. I thought I would tie back the raspberry canes while I waited for the watering to be done. I got one side half way done when I ran into a very cute light green froggy. I wanted so much to get a picture of him. I ran to the car grabbed my camera and went back to the row to find the frog. He was there just where I had left him. So I tried to take his picture. My battery was dead. I couldn't even get the camera to open. So you will just have to trust me he was really cute. About this time a little rain was starting to come down. So went to put the camera back and then get back the business of tying up the raspberry canes. The rain by this time was increasingly coming down. I finished off the first side of the raspberry row and started to come back on the second row but, by this time The rain was coming down by the bucket fulls. I kept going over to the tool shed for cover thinking that it would let up soon. Back and forth I went. The zones were almost completely watered when I finally realized that the rain was not going to stop and it was only coming down harder and harder. "Why am I watering?'' I asked myself and finally quit. I left the garden this evening having finished my watering chore, scratched-up from the raspberry cane, soaked to the skin and with a feeling of uselessness. Maybe my skin benefited from the long exposure to the rain. It does feel somewhat softer now and the raspberries were very delicious rinse by the rain.
Happy rain day,
*It had been a warm, dry day up to this point.