We made blackberry wine the day before we went to Calgary. Squished it through our little fingers. Got it under our fingernails and stained the dirt black. I wonder when my fingers will ever be clean again… At the wedding in Calgary, I told a friend of mine who lives in the NWT about it around a bonfire at some unnatural time of the morning. We decided to trade a bottle for a hunk of moose meat. He’s going hunting in a few weeks and that makes me excited. There’s a strong likelihood that he won’t remember, and I don’t know how we’ll make the trade because we don’t see each other often, but it still makes me happy to think about it.
Yesterday, as we were walking down the road in the rain to get our mail, I saw a small lizard (alright… so salamanders aren’t technically lizards, but it looked like a lizard to me, so there) on the road. I tried to encourage her to get off of the road, but she must have been mighty cold, because she wasn’t moving very fast.
So we picked her up, took her to the mailbox, and took her home with us. I put her under a big log out in front of our house, where she can hopefully stay dry and warm and not get run over by a truck or oldsmobile driving down our road.
First though, I had to take pictures. She was sweet and lovely and I liked holding her (or him, I really don’t know) in my hand. She has 4 toes on each of her front feet and 5 on each of her back. Interesting, no?
Yesterday we also picked one of our apple trees, and finished picking all of our plums. Some of the apples are saucing right now, and we’re dehydrating most of the rest of the plums. The rest of the apples will turn into sauce or pie or crumble or crisp over the next few weeks. Our tomatoes are still ripening, and we hope to get some more after this run of rain.
Jer thinks these apples may be Cortlands – kind of like a MacIntosh. They’re really good and sweet, but not super crisp.
I missed this picture when we were doing salsa and oven roasted tomato sauce, but I’ve been asked to put up more pictures, so…..
And THIS is a caterpillar we found. We think it will turn into some variety of silk moth, maybe a cecropia? I forget what the other name we found was… it was long and had lots of syllables in it. This guy cocooned under one of our maple trees, on a bench, so we moved it under the porch.
There’s another one that we think is the same that actually cocooned on the fender of my bicycle… if it lasts there all winter, we’ll see what happens in the spring!