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  •  Harvest Season (29+ / 0-)

    Is half over here in the hot and humid valley at the eastern foot of the Continental Divide. The raspberries are pretty well done, the Walla Walla Sweets have been pulled, and the Yukon Gold Potatoes have been dug up. Gotta a lot of produce to eat and preserve before we head south in October.

    And the fence project from hell is officially done, three months to the day from signing the contract to get the new one installed. True, the fence people finished the install two weeks ago, but we have spent nearly every morning since staining the raw cedar to protect it better from the elements. Twelve gallons of stain later ($300 worth!) and several sore elbows later it's done, including re-staining the older side fence to our west. Whew!

    The potato bed is dug up in this photo, with the newly stained back fence to the right and the older side fence dead ahead.

    Here's some of the Yukon Golds dug out of the single raised bed. The small new potatoes are delicious baked or grilled.

    The twelve year old yellow labradog is not impressed with raw potatoes, although she likes her's baked. We have been impressed on how well she has been doing since getting a cancerous lump removed back in April. She is certainly the most energetic old dog we have ever had, walking two or three miles a day in the cooler morning hours

    Here's more of the harvest, including snap peas, tomatoes and squash displayed beneath a painting of a tulip, done by our flower obsessed friend Terry. Terry painted the tulip from a photograph taken by Mrs. Ed back in May, and presented it to us for our flower photographic efforts.

    Mrs. Ed is impressed with her newly mastered skill to create homemade pizza on the grill, after three somewhat unsuccessful tries. The trick is to use good dough from our local French bakery and slide it onto a really hot pizza stone on the Weber gas grill.

    Nothing like home grown tomato and basil with fresh mozzarella.

    Today is a well earned day of rest from the endless hard labor in the backyard. We will be traveling to Glacier National Park for a week of camping, and to see if we might work as campground host there next summer.

    "I come close to despair because so many of the pieces of the country are broken, and when you see that, you have two choices: You can give up, or you can do something about it." Elizabeth Warren

    by Ed in Montana on Sat Aug 02, 2014 at 06:35:48 AM PDT

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