Today I want to share with you some pictures I took this past Monday. First we were surprised by some new piglets. We have 5 older “piglets” in pens away from the sows. One is a female that had two brothers. We finally remembered to separate her from her brothers when they were about a year old. Apparently, that was about a month too late, for she had 3 piglets on Monday morning. I won’t sell these as breeders, since they are obviously inbred, but they’ll be just as tasty as any of the others
Then our next task was to take care of all the tomatoes that a friend gave us on Sunday that SHE got from a friend of hers. So they got halved and quartered and put in the roaster oven to cook until soft. Then they got strained to separate the seeds and skin from the pulp. After that the sauce went back into the roaster oven for the afternoon to cook down. When the sauce was thick enough, I added a spaghetti sauce seasoning mix, and then canned it. I got 5 quarts and 1 pint of spaghetti sauce. Here’s the tomatoes after they were cut up:
While the tomatoes were cooking in the roaster oven, we went out to our two pear trees to start picking. This year has been a perfect year for fruit trees. Everywhere we go we see trees loaded with apples, pears and earlier, peaches. We learned many years ago that pears don’t ripen on the tree. They have to be picked and then stored someplace cool and they ripen there. So about once a week we need to sort through them all to look for ripe ones to eat and can. We have two varieties. One is like a Bartlett and does well canned as halves or pieces. The other is more mealy and doesn’t stay together well, so they’ll be made into pear sauce. These are all the pears we picked on Monday:
And lastly, here is a picture, although blurry, of a bumblebee harvesting some of the extra honey from the honey frames I left outside after our honey harvest on Thursday. The honeybees finally found it later that day, but for the first 3 days, only a few bumblebees found it. I need to put it back in the hive, but for now the bumblebees are enjoying a treat.