The snow didn’t last long. It was just a memory by 3 pm (well, almost). But it did remind me that we don’t have much time before real winter sets in. Today is supposed to be clear and cold. But no rain. I’ve got a window of opportunity to finish the garden and some fencing for the cow’s winter quarters. The rain will start up again tomorrow night and last until sometime next week.
Yesterday I trucked the last of the spring pigs to the abattoir. The butcher is a friend and treats the animals with respect. Plus his meats, especially his smoked meats, are wonderful. It’s an hour drive to the north but it’s worth it.
Today I’m going through beans. When I thought the temperatures on Monday night were predicted to be in the teens, we just hastily pulled the beans, roots and all and put them in a couple of storage bins to deal with later. Today is later.
We often plant a combo of purple, yellow wax and green beans. Of these three, the purple is the latest to ripen so it seems that we have more purple than the others.
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds Gourmet Bean Blend
The cows get the leaves and stems. Our yellow wheel barrow makes a(n annoying) squeak when I wheel it around. But it’s the dinner bell to the cows. They come waddling right over as fast as their little selves can move.
Even the dogs get in on the action.
“Please, may I have a bean?”
“Thank you, Mother.”
Every one is happy and we get about 7 quarts of beans to use in the depths of winter to remind us of summer sunshine.
It’s a win-win!
Today’s count: 23 eggs
What’s for supper: Baked maple chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Weather: Patchy freezing fog before noon. Areas of frost before noon. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 49. Light and variable wind. Tonight mostly clear, with a low around 28. Light and variable wind.