We have had some busy days here.
Last week we went strawberry picking twice, I turned most of them into jam, I froze some and then the rest of the berries we feasted on. I hope to go picking at least a couple of more times this week, hopefully we can go in between the rain showers. My goal is to make 52 jars of jam and have a few bags of yummy berries in the freezer. Strawberry jam is the all time favourite around here! This was the first summer that B. (3) helped pick the berries and he so enjoyed it and filled a basket almost all by himself, he let me and only me help him top the basket off. K. (1) enjoyed eating the berries and walking down the rows near us. The older girls were a great help, I wish now I had taken my camera out into the fields to take a few pictures, hopefully next time! I see now I don’t have pictures of my girls helping here. On a different note, I was thinking while picking the strawberries, that this is my third summer to be pregnant during the whole summer, this being our third baby to be due in the early fall. I don’t mind at all, just thought it was interesting.
My mom, the girls and boys hulled all the berries and then they took turns mashing them for jam. N. and B. were such a great helpers and stayed with the job until it was all done.
Here I am stiring the jam to keep it from burning. I used my lovely new apron that I received from a dear MOMYS friend in our last apron swap. Guess what fruit is on the apron…… strawberries!
Cooling jars of jam….
I have laundry hanging out on the line almost every sunny day!
One day last week, we had a thunderstorm pass over and this is what the sky looked like just before the rain came down. We found out later that a tornado touched down about 15 minutes from us and destroyed a home. Thankfully the person inside the home was unhurt. It is rare to have tornados around here.
Anyway, a quick peek into last week. I will do another post on our first trip to the lake this summer and fun in the sprinkler.
Summer is a pleasant season!