Then there's Glen and Joann, my Mom's cousins. They are just wonderful--Glen is so sweet, and Joann is alot of fun, it's always good to see them. We do our canning down at their house, with lots of help from Glen. Joann usually feeds us her famous "Better Than Sex Cupcakes"! Oh, that Joann is a hoot!
And look, here's Ernie and Shirley! My mom and dad knew them both when they were all teenagers. (Just a few years ago) I've heard a few stories over the years about some interesting and fun times around Gleed involving Ernie, my Dad and Kootch. Why, I think they were kind of hooligans! But in a nice way, of course. Always a lot of laughs when Ernie and Shirley are around!
Here is my Mom, picking apricots, and taking the whole branch, too! Actually, they were pruning the branches so a big truck could get through, so we just took the whole branch home! Just look at those apricots--they were beautiful. I made 2 apricot pies, and Mom made and canned apricot nectar. One cannot buy apricots like this in a store!
This is an apple orchard, and they have espaliered the apple trees. With this method of growing, the trees are trained to grow in one dimension--kind of flat. That way, they get more sun and take up less room. Mom and I saw dwarf fruit trees in Monet's garden in Giverny trained to grow like this! Interesting, old growing technique.
I do love this place. It's so lush with orchards and farms, fruit and vegetables of all kinds. I could almost live here. We could have a really big garden, and some fruit trees. Think of all the canning I could do! I know-- we could have our own farm stand! I can see it now--Dave and Di's Fruit and Veggies! Maybe we could even have a cow, and I could name her Bessie or Blossom?? I'd have to milk her though, I don't think DavOd is a country boy!
Oh, just excuse me while I channel my inner farm girl! I think I was born to live in the country, dig in the dirt and clean my hands with a half ripe tomato. I just love this stuff!