Tuesday, July 31, 2012

End of July Harvest


There are showers and rainbows in the distance but the rain eludes us.

It's a busy time here -- out of town company, 30 chickens to butcher for the freezer. . .  

And the raccoons are getting into the corn.
 So --pick the corn and get it into the freezer with the chickens. 

Blight has hit the tomatoes (as it always does, sooner or later) and I spent a hot morning removing all the affected leaves from the vines in hopes of slowing the spread of the disease.

And the day ended with another rainbow --  no shower but a lovely cooling breeze.
 
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19 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for sharing your day with its ups and downs and ending in the rainbow of promise! Your weather looks a bit like ours!

Ms. A said...

Look at those rainbows!

I love chicken, but I'm glad I don't have to kill it and clean it... I'd starve.

Hope you get some rain, soon.

Thérèse said...

So busy!
Adding good company to work does not hurt at all.

Eva said...

Plenty of work, but it all looks lovely. U r an inspiration!:-)

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Busy, busy. I don't know how you find the time to do all of he things you do.

Love the rainbows. I wish they would bring us a bit of rain.
Sam

Brian Miller said...

mmm i want some of that corn....hope the coons dont get too hungry...smiles....def glad i am not cleaning the chickens, just saying...

Jean Baardsen said...

I wouldn't make it as a farmer, either. When we lived on a boat, we didn't even fish....

Frances said...

With all the rain, and quickly passing storms we've had this summer, I have yet to be outdoors in the right place at the right time to see a rainbow. Thank you so much for sharing yours!

I do love your garden photos, but don't think I could manage the "chicken harvesting."

xo

Miss_Yves said...

I'm reading something which makes me think to you , your way of life and your farm:
Sue Hubell, A country year-living the questions
Une année à la campagne, Vivre les questions

Beth said...

Yep, summertime is definitely a busy time for all those that garden. Heck, just keeping up with the weeding is difficult enough!

Sorry you missed the rain, but,hey...a day with rainbows ain't bad! We were ecstatic to get rain last night down here a little south of you...it was so, so dry.

Kath said...

Yum!

NCmountainwoman said...

Sorry about the tomatoes. We have no rainbows here...it doesn't stop raining long enough. Hope we can send some of it your way.

You seem to be disputing the song about summertime and the living is easy. Glad part of it is a fun busy.

Jill said...

One of these days..I would love to have chickens. I just need to get my big girl pants ready for the butchering part...Your corn looks fabulous!

Friko said...

Well, we all have to eat; I'm bit squeamish when it comes to killing my own food, though. Ridiculous, I know.

Are you self-sufficient on the farm?

Vicki Lane said...

Self-sufficient? I suppose we could be if times were hard enough. But we really like things we can't or don't produce --wine, coffee, olive oil, mangoes, lemons, limes spring to mind.

Martin said...

You've been hard at work, while I've been lazing around all weekend. I'm guessing the feather plucking machine was in full swing?

Deanna said...

I dreamed of having our local farmer friend bag me up several gunny sacks of corn for freezing... but it doesn't appear he'll have any to sell this year. Beautiful rainbows.

Star said...

All that precious food! and lots of delicious meals to come and recipes I hope?

Carol Murdock said...

You know how I feel about them chickens in your freezer! GREEN !