August 1, 2023

Homestead Summer in Photographs

I can't believe it's August! Seems like Juneteenth was only the other day. 

Detail from my Christmas gift from my daughter-in-law

Here's our summer so far in photographs.

Summer squash blossom with pollinators

Fresh goat milk mozzarella

Hopniss vines on the hoop house

Rose of Sharon

Kudzu vines to dry for goat hay

Ricotta cheese from the mozarella whey

Cover crop for soil biomass

Mosul in his anti-mating apron (so he could stay with the girls longer)

more dill pickles

the last of this summer's blueberries

sweet potato flower

Jenny B and her 3-month-old poults

Sewing room progress: homes for weaving yarns and books

Greenhouse progress: trim for the first door

Newest additions: second batch of late July ducklings (five, total)

How's everyone else's summer coming along?


daisy g said...

Quite an eventful summer so far!

Leigh said...

Daisy, that's a teaser! Now I have to come visit your blog to find out. :) (Which is something I always look forward to anyway!)

Ed said...

I keep looking for those long relaxing days of summer but I haven't found them yet this year. I had been preserving cucumbers, cabbage and a few other things that are beginning to taper off. The tomatoes haven't yet started ripening in batch canning quantities yet. So I've spent the last week working on the cabin project, installing cabinets, flooring, trim and making a bed frame. Today is going to be a recovery day and then back to work on more cabin related things until the tomatoes start ripening in mass.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Hi, I just wanted to say that I am new to your blog, although I've seen it mentioned in various people's sidebars on their blogs. I've been enjoying going through your house renovation pictures and was jaw-dropping shocked to see the little key holder picture that came with your house. We have the exact same one, inherited from my husband's parents. It hung in their house all through his childhood. I have no idea where they got it. I live in Ontario and have a small "backyard flock" of chickens and a vegetable garden and love reading about your expertise. -Jenn

Henny Penny said...

I enjoyed each picture so much. You've wrapped up summer beautifully in pictures. I can't believe it is August either. Funny, usually by this time I've frozen several cartons of stewed tomatoes but this summer we are just now getting one or two tomatoes fit to eat.

Anonymous said...

Poor Mosul ! At least he gets to keep the company of the ladies even if he’s not able to do more . You and Dan of have a incredibly packed summer. Always enjoy seeing what you two are up to and all the projects you’ve got going or being finished.

Leigh said...

Ed, I'm amazed you don't have tomatoes yet. But then, it's amazing how things do in different parts of the country. Your cabin project is going to be fantastic! I'm looking forward to seeing how it comes along.

Jenn, hello and welcome! I've seen your blog on people's sidebars as well. I'm so glad you visited and commented! Interesting about the key holder! It must have been popular at one time. Very handy, really.

Henny, thank you! How curious about your tomatoes! Ours actually seem to be slowing down, but today I have a whole bunch to work on. I'm looking forward to pizza sauce!

Goatldi, actually, it would have been poor Mosul if he'd had to go in with the bucks! They tend to be really rough on the little guys. The aprons are a nice way to stall on that. Assuming the ladies don't mine his rambunctious moments. :)

Mama Pea said...

So lovely to see all these pictures! They impart a true feeling of the season. Yes, where has this summer gone? Seems time has flown by even faster than usual. That sweet potato blossom? Doesn't it look very similar to a morning glory flower? Could they possibly be related??

Leigh said...

Mama Pea, yes! They are related! Both are of the genus Ipomoea. But sweet potatoes aren't as invasive as morning glories! Which is too bad, in some ways because they are a valuable food crop.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hello, just loved visiting here. All of your photos are so wonderful and show the perfect happiness of living and working on your land. Thank you for visiting my blog and I loved your comment about the silverware pattern. It is one of my favorite designs and I still use the silverware when we have dinner guests.
Our summer here in Texas has been extremely hot and hard to keep anything growing or blooming. But the early morning sunrises and the late night full moons are lovely.
Wishing you pleasant summer days!

Leigh said...

Yesteryear Embroideries, thank you so much for your kind comment! Hot summers are rarely a gardener's friend. Hopefully, we'll all get pleasant weather soon!

PioneerPreppy said...

Some Huge Squash blooms indeed!! And Baby Ducks!! I always wish we could kept a few but they pond was too far away. Does all the stock eat Kudzu? We rarely get any this far North.

Leigh said...

PP, the great thing about Muscovies is that they aren't actually swimming ducks. They dearly love their baths, but that's usually just once a day. So we keep big pans of water in the poultry yard for them and that keeps them happy. No pond.

Besides our goats, nobody else seems interested in eating kudzu. I would think sheep and cattle would eat it. My vet told me it contains as much protein and calcium as alfalfa, which is outrageously expensive here! Kudzu is hard to keep under control though, because it grows so incredibly fast.

Nina said...

Your photos are a lovely montage of deep summer. I love squash blossoms! They are such a bright spot of colour in all that green. That they often produce fruit is a bonus! Right now our cucumbers are going crazy! I made bread and butter pickles this year. I harvested our first slicing tomato today, but the cherry/grape tomatoes started last week. Your sewing room is really coming along. It looks like a great and usable space. We don't have Kudzu to deal with, but Wild Cucumber and Virginia Creeper are pretty well established and they do more than enough damage, without the benefit of being animal fodder.

Leigh said...

Nina, thank you! Nice that you are getting so many cucumbers. It seems to be a happy year for them. We have Virginia Creeper (impossible to get rid of) but I'm not familiar with wild cucumber. Maybe it's just as well!

Retired Knitter said...

Cutest ever baby duck face!!