Monday, August 15, 2016

#624: Summer sweetness

 A long, long time ago, last June,
I spent hours pinching off peaches.
Each branch of our peach trees had 20 or so tiny peaches.
Each branch can fully grow only one, maybe 2.
So off came the extras. 
And the effort paid off.

Even in the high branches.
 A pinching off of excess 'stuff' and activities
in the rest of my life may well prove equally fruitful.

Summer sweetness.

More sweetness: from our hive.

The bees have filled the frames.

All that excess comb on top!
Sweetness guarded by stings, a bee suit helps.

One more harvest: wineberries.
These are an invasive raspberry relative from Asia.
We love them.
As does one cheeky catbird who swoops in even 
when we're picking.

The beginning of winter stores.
Saving summer sweet to get through bitter winter.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

#630: Winter Wonderland

Sometimes island life can be less than idyllic,
especially in the winter.
When there are no boats, or planes, or electricity.
It's a bother.

More so for the birds, whose food is covered with snow.
So, we put out some more.
All morning we watched them come and go.

In full color.

And full plumage, puffed against the cold.

We were out in full color too,
feeding the chickens and pouring boiling water
on their frozen water supply.

No bike rides today.

Or car rides either.
My Geo is a marshmallow.

Walking path to the back house,
previously a driveway.

An inukshuk, appropriately dressed,

Guards the road to nowhere.

Smooth snow, 1-3 feet deep.

Leads to a home for thousands.
No road necessary.
If you lean your ear right up against the hive
you can hear the hum of wings.

Then watch a cold sunset through snowy pines.
Our electricity came back on at 6:47 pm.

Thank you, National Grid.
Photo by Heather Unruh.

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