While Biju was mowing, the boys and I headed down the road a piece to help my sister-in-law and her kiddos pick some mulberries. We wanted to get 3-4 cups worth so she could make jelly, but we didn't quite make our goal. We hit this tree, in their front yard, a tree at the back of the property, a few trees along their fence-line (I had to check for ticks, afterwards!), and a tree in my parents walnut grove. We think the birds beat us to the berries. The boys had to give the berries we did get a taste-test!
Here, the boys helped Aunt Brandi pluck the berries, then everyone gave the tree a good shake to help get the ripe ones down from the upper branches. Jenna helped shake, Brandon helped gather the berries from the sheet.
Time for a little break - and a little (not-quite-ripe) peach from the tree.
I thought about stealing these (about 1.5 months old) or a couple of the other chickens (3 months but full grown!). I sure would like to have my own supply of eggs!
This morning, before we left to eat at an Indian restaurant (then head home), Papa had to make a few rounds with the swather (so he can do up a couple bales of hay tomorrow). Of course Ajay HAD to go along, there was no question. He was only invited along for one round, tho, and after that he got the boot, which let my heart go back to a normal pace. Growing up, my siblings and I were always out on the tractor with Dad....I don't know how Mom did it!
While I was in the area I was able to meet up with my sophomore year roommates. Can you believe I didn't get a photo of the three of us?? I'm quite disappointed in myself. We had a nice visit. I was hoping to meet up with a friend from high school, too, but it just wasn't in the cards. Maybe next time, tho!
I want to say a BIG thank you to my parents and the rest of the family for helping to entertain our munchkins. They really do have a fantanstic time every time we visit. A double thank you for watching them overnight while Biju and I stole away to a casino/hotel for 24 hours. It was a great way to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. Also, a thank you to my sister and her family for helping to keep things alive back here at the house. You'll all be happy to know that Nemo is doing "swimmingly" (HA!) and, luckily, Shelly didn't have to go buy a Nemo 2! Gracie was fine, as usual, but our garden ...well, I'll try to write up a post about our garden tomorrow.