Around our house we’ve been working with fruits and vegetables again! Didn’t we just finish doing that a few weeks ago? Yes, I believe we did, but duty calls, once again! That’s what happens when you plant a fall garden!
Ed and I managed to salvage plenty of pears off our trees, even though the squirrels stole more than their fair share! It seemed a shame to let our pears waste (although some did), so Ed and I tried our hand at canning pears–twice! You might say–we had “sweet success”. I wasn’t quite prepared for the stickiness of the whole process–we only used 14 cups of sugar to make the syrup for those fourteen quarts of pears, and this recipe was for a “medium syrup”! I shudder to think how much sugar is in “heavy syrup’!!! We wanted to can “pear halves”, but quickly discovered that our giant pears would not fit through the openings of our jars! Oops! We settled for one quart of halves, and the rest of the jars are filled with pear slices. They will come in handy for future cobblers!
About the time Ed and I were canning the last of our pears, the peas were getting ready to be picked! The fun never ends around here, does it?
The bushes are loaded with peas, but thankfully all of the peas don’t mature at one time. This makes the pea-picking chore last for a while. I picked peas for the second time this morning, and here’s what I found…
It took me about twenty minutes to pick those peas, and about 2 1/2 hours to shell them! In case you are curious, the peas on the left are called “pink eyes”, and are similar to “black-eyed peas”. The green peas on the right are called “brown crowder” and although the peas are green when shelled, they turn brown when cooked. These are our favorites! Best of all, these peas were grown with seed saved from our spring crop–free peas!
“The girls” continue to bless us with four to five eggs each day. As of yesterday, our egg count is up to 224. One particular hen still acts “possessive” over the eggs, and always hops into the chicken house whenever I’m gathering the eggs. She watches every move that I make!
These hens are quite friendly and affectionate–in fact, sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming now that they weigh three to four pounds each! The other day, while I was bent over their water container, one silly hen decided to hop upon my back! Another day, I squatted down among my girls and received many “chicken kisses” on my thighs and torso! Have you ever been kissed by a chicken???
Not a day goes by that those silly girls don’t make me smile 🙂 In fact, they make me smile so much, I’ve asked Ed about enlarging their coop! Stay tuned for details concerning a renovation…