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Wednesday, June 16

plump strawberries & sun-dried sheets...the joys of June

In our little corner of the world, the recent weather has been just perfect: partly sunny with a cool, almost chilly, breeze from the north. It has made gardening, weeding, and outdoor chores so much easier than they are in the dreaded heat and humidity we usually experience. 

What are we up to? Well, I'm tackling my To-Do list (does it ever end?),  our son is working on 4H projects; he's taking two cooking projects this last year and we've been treated to some terrific meals and sweet treats!  Our daughter is preparing to go to a month-long ballet intensive with a ballet company 3 hours away...her dancing is filled with such power, grace, stamina, speed, & heart. And hubby is mowing, mowing, mowing. 

Today's post is simply lots of snapshots...things you might see if you stopped in to visit.

fresh strawberries are here!

lupines have been replaced by baby's breath and rose campion

amazing clouds, 

colorful skies, 

the day's end at a nearby farm, 

and another sky I just had to remember. 

taking a side road home, we were blessed to see a mama and newborn calf!

oodles of these pretty Japanese Parasol mushrooms in the backyard,
but take a closer look:

tiny droplets on a spider's web

fields of winter wheat,

and corn that's already knee high.

So here we are, taking it all in. Now is a good time to stop, look around, and remember that time is fleeting. Yes, there's much to do, but let's remember the value of relaxing...balance is the key.


Prims By The Water said...

Growing up on my grandparents farms in the Summer's, I was always told if the corn was not knee high by the 4th of July, the crop would not be a good one. Loved all of your pics, but those strawberries left my mouth watering for some. Janice

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Janice - you must be a Midwestern girl as well! I always heard, "Knee high by the 4th of July" was an indicator of well corn was growing for the season. I hope you can find some strawberries where you are...the taste just outshines the ones in the grocery.

Staci said...

Your photos are stunning. How exciting about your sons 4H project. It's great that the family gets to benefit from the deliciousness! And good for your daughter! I LOVE ballet - I studied it and danced until my mid-20's and loved everything about it.

I, too, have always known the "knee high by the fourth of July" so when I moved to Upstate NY I was shocked when that wasn't the case. Our corn is a bit behind up here because of the weather.

We have strawberries!!! Although I'm not currently growing them, farmer friends are and we've enjoyed the surplus. They are incredibly sweet this year (as opposed to last year - they were not as tasty) thanks to the weather so we've been eating them almost daily.

Happy to hear your temps have been moderate. Ours, for the most part, have been as well and we've enjoyed every moment. Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Staci - you're too kind. I've gotten in the habit of taking pictures with my phone instead of my good camera. I need to dust it off so I can share better photos.

So fun to hear you studied ballet! I was thrilled to perform with her (NOT dancing!!) in the theater as adult Clara in The Nutcracker for two years. I really got to see up close what hard work it truly is.

Sounds like you'll be making strawberry jam now! We have mulberries coming on, so I'm wondering if they might make a good jam...I think I'll give it a try.

Hope all is well...always great to hear from you!

R's Rue said...

Beautiful photos. I love a good strawberry

Mary, Windy Meadows Farm said...

Thanks for stopping by...fresh ones are only here for a few weeks, I couldn't agree more!

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