Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This or That Thursday: eDition 40






Pearl, who just turned one, loves this time of year, when can she jump in and out of the empty kitchen wood bin on a moment's notice. She thinks she's hiding from everyone, and unless you're crouched down at her level, she's right; no one can see a black cat at the bottom of an old copper washtub.

The Artist made over 15 jars of strawberry jam last weekend but the jury is still out on whether it actually set properly. He's made many types of jams but there's something tricky about strawberries and pectin and getting them to behave properly together. Sort of like the Glimmer Twins.

Just as we turned the calendars to July, the day lilies around the old farmhouse and yards started to bloom. They add a certain touch of country with their simplicity, if not their overabundance, that no other flower around here can quite match.

Two of our chicks, whom are all thriving well and not one resembles a rooster...yet. This is one of our Ameracauna and a Cochin, on the right. I've  never had any desire to raise a Cochin, or any breed with feathers on their feet. It just didn't seem practical for our winters. But my, I can't get over how pretty this one is, and how docile of a temperament she has. She's a keeper this one.

Finally, after missing the boat the last couple of years, I managed to harvest our lavender before it fully bloomed. Research told me to hang it in a cool, dry place. Our summer thus far has been nothing but humidity and rain. Perhaps I could send it on Alaskan cruise until fall.

~Be well friends

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Jessica Sweeney said...

The cat is just adorable, as are the chickens. We have a lot of day lilies around, as well. They are so pretty and my son loves them because they are orange. :)

Jonell said...

Thanks for sharing! And by the way- "Rural" is first rate-rural allows an opportunity to soak up CREATION!

I WILL FOLLOW..back soon

Jonell

Lynne said...

Love your pics and words . . . always . . . this time . . . Copper Pot Black One Year Old Cat . . . wins the prize!

Pride In Photos said...

The lavender in your wooden basket is precious, with the wind blowing even adds more touch to the image!

TexWisGirl said...

you do enjoy your country life - and i'm glad! :)

Babs said...

Great photos. Hope your strawberry jam sets. Actually, non-set jam and jelly remind me of my granny. I don't think she ever used pectin, and with six children, I guess runny jelly went further. :) It was delicious anyway. Visiting from HomeAcre Hop.

Kim said...

What a gorgeous look around your current days. So peaceful and happy. Your Pearl looks just like my Beezus. I have always loved the idea of canning. I have made Jam with my MIL once, but I'm terrified of not getting the seal to take.

Anne Payne said...

Beautiful shots! I wish my Lavender had done better but too much rain has almost made it rot in the ground.

Nicki said...

Didn't originally notice the feathers on the feet - how interesting and pretty. One day I will have to consider growing some lavender - but I think I'm in the same humid/damp climate you are - ugh!

Fun collection of pictures.

vintage grey said...

Sweet Pearl is too cute, and your jam looks so yummy and sweet!! Wishing you a lovely summers week! xo Heather

Tricia Hays said...

love those bright kitty eyes! =)

Candy C. said...

What great pictures! I never seem to remember to harvest my lavender in time to dry it.

Mary said...

Pearl is a real sweetie! What magnificent, big eyes she has. I love your photos, and your chickens are beautiful!

Patrice said...

Strawberry jam that doesn't set right makes the most amazing syrup for pancakes and waffles. Not bad on ice cream either. :)

Kara said...

I love day lilies also but have always refereed to them as tiger lilies...I have no idea under heaven why. Lavender is so pretty! We've had nothing but humidity and rain and beastly heat...but we make the best of it.

Michelle said...

I have had trouble making strawberry jam in the past as well. Love seeing your chickens!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Hey you! I miss you..and I was worried. Your Facebook page is gone.Email me :)
LYLAS!
xo, misha


1st. pic is my fave!!!!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Hey you! I miss you..and I was worried. Your Facebook page is gone.Email me :)
LYLAS!
xo, misha


1st. pic is my fave!!!!

Summers Acres said...

What lovely pictures, so life like. I do love the orange day lillies. We had them all around our house growing up. I wish I had some now. Maybe I should persue that! Thanks for sharing!

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