Coons and veggies and jelly, oh my!

We’ve been pretty busy here over the last week or so. Michael set the live trap and caught the coon the first night. I prefer to leave the wildlife alone but we can’t have them killing our critters.  She was much smaller than I expected.

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The berries are fantastic here this year. It must be because of the cool weather and all the rain. Michael took the girls to pick wineberries and they came home with about 2 1/2 gallons. There were a few raspberries and black berries in there also. I made 3 quarts of juice and made some jelly. I think it’s one of our favorites. Aren’t they pretty!

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We’re getting more out of the garden now. Zucchini and yellow squash.

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More green beans and it’s time to pick again.

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Beets! We’re excited about these because I haven’t been able to grow beets since we’ve been in WV. We had the greens cooked with bacon. Very yummy! I have some more of these ready to pick but have yet to decide how we’ll fix them.

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Clifford has become quite the ham when it comes to the camera.

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We’ve been getting some fog in the mornings. It sure makes for beautiful sunrises.

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Time to run. Supper and chores are calling! Have a blessed week-end!

The good, the bad and the UGLY

The good…

Fresh green beans

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and taters sneaked out of the tater patch

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cooked up with a 1/2 pound of last years bacon + milk from our cow, pork from last years hog and homemade biscuits = one delicious supper on Tuesday! The eventual goal is to have more days like this than eating what we’ve had to purchase from the store.

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Hannah makes quick work of polishing it off!

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Some garden pics.

Tomatoes

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Heirloom corn and okra

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and God has been providing a consistent amount of rain to water the garden. These things are good.

The bad and the ugly. I lost a hen who was setting on eggs in our stock trailer. I’m almost positive it’s a coon because not much else except a opossum could have managed to get in there.

Then we’ve had some trouble from this guy/girl. (No the snake isn’t ugly!)

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First it was in my nest box in the chicken house. I could have spared an egg or two but the hens sort of freak about it. We moved it to the hay barn and then I found it wrapped around a hen who was setting on eggs in the feed room which is back over by the chicken house. I was just in time to save her but she only had 4 eggs left that weren’t broken. I also suspect it killed a large chick in the rabbit cage that was too large for it to eat because there wasn’t any sign of illness. It was just dead in the morning. The snake now lives at the neighbors hay barn! Then that stinkin’ coon got into the feed room Wednesday night and killed that hen and ate the eggs she was setting on. I think it’s time to go coon hunting! I also had another hen we had to put down. She had some problem that she couldn’t stand. It seemed almost neurological. Strange.

Oh. And my camera screen no longer works so I can only guess what I’m taking pictures of.  😀  We’ll see how that goes.

I’ll leave you with a “good.”

Peach jam. Not made with homegrown peaches as we don’t have peach trees yet but isn’t it purty? I did what they say not to and decreased the sugar to 4 cups from 5 1/2 cups as the last batch was so sweet. I also increased the lemon juice by 1 teaspoon and added an extra 1/2 pack of pectin. I’ll let you know how it is but it seems to have set and the leftovers in the pot were quite yummy!

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Have a blessed 4th of July and may God bless the rest of your week.