They say that the people who stay young and vital are those who continue to acquire new skills, engage their brain in learning new topics and actively participate in life.
Well, I am almost to the half century mark and I would really like to remain young and vital. Fortunately we just moved to 20 acres which involves nothing but new experiences and requires more knowledge and skills than I had imagined possible. The list of what I want/need to learn feels endless but it’s a list that interests and inspires me, and that is pretty damn fantastic.
We are drowning in raspberries! I am eating as many as I can but they keep showing up, all juicy and ripe, begging to be picked.
I am not complaining, it is merely an observation!!
Luckily for me, raspberries are my favorite fruit. Though, I wonder if they will remain so after the abundant season we are having. Right now, our freezer is slowly filling with bags and containers of the delightful red and yellow berries, waiting patiently for the lag-behinds to join them until the day they will all become jam.
Yup, the new skill I am going to acquire is the fine art of making jam. I am assured it is quite easy (though in the same breath people often mention salmonella and other such lovely possibilities!)
I have no idea how long raspberry season lasts. It looks to my untrained eyes like there are at least another 2-3 weeks of berries waiting to ripen. By then I will have enough berries to supply my whole family with a jar or two each (and I have a very large Irish family) so I may well find myself in the kitchen for quite a while as I stir and mix berries with sugar before pouring the bounty into jars and sealing them.
I am quite excited about the prospect of putting up food. This is one of the primary reasons we chose to move to the country – to eventually be as close to self-sufficient in food as possible.
I am even more excited by all the new things I am learning. In just 6 weeks I have learned how to check a beehive, how to keep chickens alive (thus far), how to corral goats and keep them from escaping (harder than it sounds), how to plant fruit and nut trees, blueberries, lavender (all, of course, requiring different soils).
By the way, if you’re in the area and want to pick raspberries, pop by, we have lots to share.