Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This may or may not be exciting to those of you reading our blog, but I really love God's creativity especially in nature. I really enjoy looking at the details of plants and trying to identify them.
So I noticed a small group of leaves amongst all the dead, dry leaves at the beginning of Spring this year. They were bright green when nothing else was and they had such a striking pattern on them. I determined I would keep an eye on them and see if any flowers bloomed.
Finally some did this past month and I started looking to identify them. It took some searching, but I finally found it: Rattlesnake Orchid or Downy Rattlesnake Plantain. From the little bit of information I've found about it, it's kind of rare. It's endangered in Florida, according to the USDA.
Here's a little more info about it.
Monday, July 4, 2011
So, some friends of ours told us about this place in Marion where we could get Blueberries.
Since my dad was off today, we planned to go.
And, boy, was it worth the trip!
We got there around 10 and left just before 12.
Even though you could get in the shade, it was still pretty hot.
The enthusiasm was beginning to wane...
And all for donations!
We were able to pick 4 1/2 gallons in 2 hours.
And here is our July 4th dessert: a cream cheese/whipped cream pie topped with fresh Blueberries, Raspberries and Raspberry puree, in a shortbread crust.
Headed up the hill for the Raspberries and Blackberries
Stopping to say 'hi' to the horses on the way up
A neat old tractor just covered with Blackberry briars
Beautiful, glistening bunches of red Raspberries
Natalie-Rose being a piggie
The amazing view from the Raspberry briars
We are so blessed to live here
Had to stop at the Blackberry briar on the way down
Saying 'hi' to the cows on the way down
Two partial buckets of Raspberries and a few Blackberries
Preparing to freeze them
Our reward for all the picking: a fresh Raspberry pie.