We woke to a very yellow sky this morning and it looked for all the world as if we were going to get a good rain storm. It would have been welcome because we haven't had any rain since July 18th. But before more than 25 drops of rain hit the ground, the air cleared and sunshine prevailed.
Since it was still cool enough, Papa Pea grabbed his chain saw and went back to put in about an hour on the wood pile. For all of you who have experienced it, you know chain sawing can warm a body up very quickly even in cold weather so getting out in the coolest part of a summer's day is a wise move. We're debating on whether to brave the (glorious) sun and (welcomed) heat and do some splitting and stacking in the wood shed yet this morning.
Harvesting and processing shell peas and bush beans have kept me hopping lately. I picked peas for about two hours yesterday, and I do believe if I hadn't had Chicken Mama sitting with me at the kitchen table shelling them, I'd still be doing it. It was a big batch but I now have as many peas put up in the freezer for winter consumption as I had as a total last year. Unless I somehow lose all the rest of the peas still out there (which is a significant amount), we will have an AMPLE supply this year.
My green beans are still not up to size, but the Rocdor yellow beans are producing well. How's this for a luxuriant row of beans? It's nearly four feet wide and sixteen feet long. I've picked them twice but the bulk are yet to come. Not bad for seeds from 2008, eh?
I don't think my Sweet Peas have ever been more prolific than they are this year. I have bouquets of them throughout the house and the aroma is intoxicating.
My first patch of corn (which got knocked flat by a windstorm earlier this season) couldn't be looking much better. I didn't even think it would stand back up let alone look this good. We're finally getting the formation of ears so who knows? We just might get a good harvest yet. Starting on the left of the above picture and going clockwise, you see my second planting of shell peas, then a small patch of corn I stuck in because . . . well, because there was a bare space in the garden, then the first planted corn and then the east end of the potato patch.
We've had three banty hens go broody on us. Two are sitting on one nest and one on another. The nest with two mamas now has four fluffy chicks that have hatched. They're not bantams (don't tell the mamas) but rather standard size Black Australorps. The three hens and their eggs/chicks are in a separate enclosure from the rest of the chickens, so we haven't disturbed them enough to check on the remaining eggs.
Well, my husband is making noises about wanting to go out to split wood so I'll have to suit up (actually change to cooler clothing) and be big and brave and go out to do what needs to be done.