Xavier showing his bounty. Every year he plants peas and eats his harvest. He is very proud of those plants. Usually it is only the peas inside that grab his attention, but this year, he's begun to eat the pods as well. He's saving up his money to buy a fishing rod.
Our dog caught a baby rabbit on Sunday. It is so cute. Meredith bit the dog’s ear until she dropped the rabbit. Xavier snatched it up and saved its life. It is a little thing, just out on its own and now stuck in an old fish tank. The kids dug up some baby carrots, grasses from the field and even gave it some grain from the barn. I don’t think it likes it in that cage much. We’ll probably let it go tomorrow now that the novelty has worn off for them.
Strawberries are ready to eat! These are not our strawberries though. We’ve never been successful with strawberries. I think one year we had a single, lone strawberry. And when it was finally ripe and we went out to get it, all we found was the cat licking her chops next to the plant.
So instead of feeding our fat tabby with fruit, we just pick strawberries in Waynesboro, from someone who has mastered the art. If you are interested in getting any, we are aiming to drive out there Thursday morning. But depending on availability, we might have to wait until Friday (they were closed today because they had sold out yesterday). There is a very high demand for strawberries this year.
These strawberries aren’t the kind you buy at Wal-mart. Troyer Nurseries only sprays when the flowers are on, not while the fruit is growing. This is probably the best commercial strawberry you can find. They have a sweet flavor, not the slightly sour taste from store bought berries. Plus they have a red color inside and out. The price from us is $2.50 per pound. Kroger’s priced theirs at $3.00/pound.
So break out your canners, make room in your freezer and dust off that dehydrator. Strawberry processing is now in business. If you are interested, please let us know before they're all gone.
Meredith has been practicing her SOLs with Spencer’s guidance. Not a fun task. I’m sure she’d rather be outside playing with the animals under the maple tree sing in a high-pitched tune she made up as she went along. That girl has a great imagination. We also cut her hair for the summer. Keeps it out of her eyes and less tangled.