Sunday, June 4, 2017

VEGETABLES AND STORMY SKIES SUNDAY UPDATE

Well, I got things done yesterday, more on that in upcoming posts. It was overcast yesterday but hot.  Oh my it was so hot and humid...


We left at about 5pm because there were big storms moving in from the West...not to mention I was about as worn out as I think I've ever been out there.  At 5pm, the "feels like" was 99 degrees.  During the afternoon it was over 100.  No wonder I was worn out so quickly.  Have a feeling it's going to be a long and hot Summer.

Vegetable harvest
We got a great harvest.  And look, our FIRST TOMATOES OF THE SEASON!  A nice haul of jalapeños, okra (saving the big ones for a project), eggplants, and a couple of zucchini down there in the bottom.

Cucumber basket
But wait, that's not all!  
Cucumbers too!  Big ones,  small ones and everything in between!

Stormy skies
And here is today.  I asked 2nd Family to take a pic out there and "J" went up to our house and snapped this.  We've had about an inch with more coming today and possibly tomorrow.  The fruit trees and flowerbeds are getting a nice watering.

Rustic Fresh Bread
Today we are in town, it's rainy and 2nd Man is baking bread.  I may just do some canning too!


Pulled up to the farmhouse yesterday and this was laying in the grass in front of the porch stairs.  Hawk feather I presume?  I wonder if that's a sign of something?  Hopefully good luck, LOL!

17 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

2nd man sure is a good cook; I wanna scratch-n-sniff that bread pix, then smear a slice with real butter!!

Karren said...

Looks like the feathers from our barred owls. Not sure if you have those there, but it looks the same.

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Holy Hades is that ever hot! Phew, it is making sweat just reading that! What a fantastic haul from the garden. Ohh I am just green with envy, waiting for ANYTHING from my garden. 2nd man sure can bake some beautiful loaves of bread! What recipe does he use for his bread? I am making my own bread now. I have yet to really get in the artisanal bread. I just checked out a few library books on bread making/ baking. Does hand score, stencil the bread or use a brotform? What bread baking tools/ utensils does he use? (Hint, Hint this would be a great blog post!)

Colleen said...

You blessed you are to have your own bounty of veggies. I say from the looks of things, you will be quite busy picking veggies for awhile and doing lots of canning besides. :}
I do believe that feather is from a Red-Shouldered Hawk
2nd Man; ( Mr. Dough Boy) :} that bread looks Delicious.

Rain said...

"Feathers appear when angels are near"...interesting food for thought! I'm a big believer in animal spirit guides and finding a feather for me is like a kind of spiritual "hello" from the sky. Brown feathers represent the Earth, home life, and feeling really grounded. Maybe you have a bird looking over you? Do you need to learn something about your home life? Another thought is that brown feathers signify endurance...maybe when you saw the feather, your foul friends were trying to tell you to take it easy in that heat!! :) I love symbols.

I'm very envious of your harvest! It all looks so great!!! And the bread looks delicious!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Your week's harvest looks wonderful! I am always amazed at how fast okra pods grow, and how many cucumbers one vine can produce. Keep your knife sharp and your basket ready for all the good things to come this summer. And yeah, I think it's going to be a sizzling one too!

beachdaddy said...

You both have SO much energy!!! That bread is beautiful as is the produce you lucky dogs!!!! I'd love to find a regular source of pickle size cukes here, but no luck .. Our "dry heat" gives both farmer markets and regular groceries different produce than we had in Washington state ... and you take what you get when it's available ... we've been talking about rhubarb lately and it shows up usually ONCE a year at the grocery .. so you grab as much as you can handle and feint from shock at the register but enjoy it while you can!!! Similarly Washington strawberries ... the imported ones from California are not comparable at all ... much brighter red, more seeds, and not nearly as juicy .. huge difference ... but on the other hand we love living in Tucson after all those years of clouds, wind, rain, rain, rain, rain, wind and clouds... Ya can't have everything !! Good on ya boys!! Enjoy all the goodness ya got going on!!!

Texas Rose said...

That rustic bread is beautiful and looks sooo good! My compliments to 2nd Man.
Your garden is producing wonderfully - lots of goodies to come from that bounty!
Yep, with the humidity so high, it feels like a sauna out there. It wears you out fast. Just picking my garden every day leaves my clothes dripping. I cool off for a bit, then start canning - even with the AC in the house, it’s pretty darned hot work. But then I look in my hutch and see all the canned goods and know it’s worth it.

1st Man said...

Ha, computers with scent emitters that would be cool!! And yep, we had it with butter but I didn't want to rub it in, LOL!!!!!

1st Man said...

Oh owl feathers, I never thought about that. Interesting I will check that out than you much!!

1st Man said...

Ha, yep, Hades about describes it. You will have stuff once ours is winding down. He makes the bread up sort of just from scratch. Next time he does it, I will have to photograph the details and steps. And make sure I get him to write it all down (or let me write it all down, ha).

1st Man said...

Working on the canning. Hope the veggies keep coming. Hawk? I will have to google it and see. Mr. Dough Boy now I like that, lol!!! Thanks!!

1st Man said...

That's so awesome. I LOVE that. I will have to think about meanings. I am going to keep the feather too. Maybe over the years I will find more at different times. Thank you again. You are too kind!!

1st Man said...

Oh my gosh, okra pods, I see small ones, like tiny ones, and of course don't pick them, I come back a week later and they are almost too big. And the cukes are just insane, I love it but man they are happy for sure!

1st Man said...

Ha, it doesn't last as long as it used to but that's one reason I try to get so much done out there now, the harder stuff so someday, it's more maintenance without the heavy lifting (though I bet that's always going on, right? ha). These pickle cukes are the best we are definitely going to grow them from season to season. I bet there was a shock, gosh doesn't practically everything grow in Washington? Well, rhubarb doesn't grow here at all so we have to find it at the store and that's honestly all we've ever known. Thanks for the kind words!!

1st Man said...

Thank you!!! He will read these comments and it will make him smile. I bet your garden is amazing now too. Ugh, this humidity is just SO oppressive. And it seems to have struck earlier than usual. You are right the clothes are just wringing wet after just a bit outside. I bet the canned goods look amazing. Baby steps here but working on it.

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

What a great explanation! Love this!