Friday, August 31, 2012

late summer treats

jambaloney here!!!

it has been a hot and hazy august with PLENTY of swimming!!! not too much in the way of early morning activities, but one morning i did catch a fog as it was clearing...



 there were dew covered spiderwebs everywhere!!!!!



 late in the summer there are bugs of all sizes everywhere... not the fragile early season hatches, but big hardy bugs like grasshoppers, butterflies etc... the spiders flourish as well, it's just you don't see all the webs except on mornings like this..


 walking to the river...


 there was a heavy fog when i left, 5mins later it really started to clear out - a sign of a hot day coming up!!


 i was still able to catch some pretty surreal pictures..


 webs on the way back..


there were all kinds of these tunnel webs in our yard..


 15 mins later - the fog is really clearing our front!!


 and out back - going to be gorgeous out today!! you can be sure we went swimming!!


 a couple of days later, i was up earlier and decided to try fishing. when it is really hot, the trout disappear, but by mid august, the evenings are longer and colder... nice sunrise!!


 a stunning morning on the river!!!


 and breakfast!!!!! the bottom trout is a small brown trout, they don't get big here, at least none i have seen yet. yes, it was a yummy breakfast ;-)) trout season is almost over...


but blackberry season is in full gear - the weather has to be perfect (note a few late raspberries)


 here is another load!!!!!! we have about 5 lbs in the freezer so far....


wait until i tell you about these!!!!



hope you are all having a great summer - cheers all!


37 comments:

  1. Isn't it wonderful to live in a place where Mother Nature and a camera can write most of your posts for you?

    My favorite photo is the second photo of the island in the water.

    Nice post.

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    1. you found me out - i DO rely on mother nature to write my posts for me ;-))

      i am glad you like the island pic - it is actually a peninsula - the fog makes it look like an island!!

      thanks and cheers!!

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  2. I've read your little internet cookbook but NO WHERE did you mention how you fix your trout for breakfast. They always look SO good, and I don't even LIKE fish!!! (Please mention cleaning them...if you do) I'm totally out of my comfort zone where fish are concerned.

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    1. hey lotta joy!!

      kymber fries them in butter - uh.. that's it - YUM!!

      brook trout are easy to clean because the scales are so tiny you just eat the skin. so when i clean trout i cut the head off, run a knife on the belly from the bumhole to the missing head and then pull all the guts out and rinse the fish - that's it. we cook them whole and then pull off the fins and flake the meat off the skeleton.

      here is a good link, i cut the head off first:

      http://outdoors-sportsman.helium.com/how-to/11063-how-to-clean-gut-and-clean-a-trout

      cheers!

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  3. I remember a line from a song in "Porgy ans Bess," "Summertime, and the livin' is easy."

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    1. isn't that the truth ;-) not much can go wrong when the weather is perfect, the crops are ripe and the fish are biting - hope you are having a good summer to my friend!

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  4. Hey Jam - You got some great shots here ! I love the spiderwebs- they look like dream catchers to me. Imagine all the intricate work that went into spinning these - and the island in the river ones are frame worthy.

    Nice post !

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    1. thanks helga - i LOVED the spiderwebs - i took about 20 more shots - these were the best.... the ones i wanted to turn out were from a distance where you could see 50 in a dead tree - t0o far away - dang!

      cheers to you!!

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  5. MMM Trout and berries. You are going to catch alot of trout and freeze em or something right?

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    1. hey pp - the bag limit is 5 trout - that is also the possession limit - that means you can never take more than 5 trout in a day, nor can you have more than 5 on hand, in the fridge or in the freezer at any one time - they are pretty strict here so of "course" we follow the rules....

      i do want to try smoking them, but they are so damn good that we keep eating them as they come in the door - maybe next year!!

      cheers buddy!

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  6. Jambaloney,

    Hey there my friend, I love the pictures of the dew, fog, spider webs (not the spiders though) and all the wonderful water, green bushes/trees, sun and clouds. The spider webs and fog remind me of Halloween time frame with things to scare kids, bahahaha!!!!
    I see you've been fishing for breakfast for you and Kymber. Those are some nice looking trout, are you preparing them with sprouts? Give Kymber a big hug for me.
    Take care,
    Your Friend Sandy

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    1. hey sandy - you are right - it is a bit like Halloween !!

      no worries on the actual spiders, they hide until the webs dry out!!

      we did eat those trout with sprouts - they were yummy for sure!!!

      kymber already got your hug - you take care my friend!!

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  7. do you dry, can, or freeze excess fish?

    Wildflower

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    1. wf - we are only ever allowed 5 trout on hand at any one time so there really aren't any excess trout... i am going to try fishing for striped bass in a nearby river where the fish go over 20 lbs... if i get lucky, there will be some in the freezer for certain!

      cheers !

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  8. Beautiful pictures. Trout season? Really? Tell my Bubba, Jamie, that it's a known fact if you're local, a resident, game and fish season is open year round. I'm serious. Even in Canada.
    Now, question. Have you a home remedy for leg cramps? What some call, 'Charlie Horse.' Sweet Wife has suffered some very severe leg cramps in her calf muscles over the last few nights. She walks with a limp. Thanks, sweet one.

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    1. Stephen,

      Often leg cramps are a consequence of mineral imbalance. Last I grouched at my doc for the same thing he immediately checked blood magnesium and calcium.

      Hope this helps.

      Winston

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    2. hey stephen!

      i have seen more Conservation Enforcement Officers than police around here - they are pretty strict. you will lose all your gear if caught fishing out of season and face a heavy fine. that goes for ANYONE - locals included. in Quebec, they will confiscate you car to boot.

      poaching in canada comes with big-ass penalties.

      in any event, the brook trout breed in the fall so after Aug 31st you can`t keep any, after sept 30, you can`t fish for trout. I don`t do catch and release so my trout time is done. i went out a couple of times just a few days ago - the trout are starting to move upstream to the spawning areas where they are pretty easy to catch. i had great luck, but now it`s time to let them drop the eggs for next year.

      cheers bubba!

      kymber will send you an email about the cramps - thanks winston for helping out here!

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  9. Love the pictures. Want the berries.(Jelly and jam.)The fish, eat your share, and smoke the rest for later. The spider web's. You should collect them, and store them up. They make good band aids when you don't have a band aid handy. they are also good for stopping the flow of blood.
    As for the swimming. I have a BIG wash tub. You ought to see. I can do over one hundred laps. Course, my butt gets sore, from dragging on the bottom of the wash tub. (HEY! that means I won't have to get my butt waxed.)LOL!

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    1. flier..

      the berries are stunning this year - i didn`t even take a pic of the last batch of blackberries - i got 2 lbs in 20 mins... some were as big as my thumb!!!

      next time i see that many webs, i will go collect some - thanks for the tip!!

      you are, uh, a true Olympian!! and thanks for teh waxing visual - hahahaha!

      cheers jim!

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  10. thought I'd say something so you know I do come here and keep tabs on you guys. beautiful place, beautiful life. the rat

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    1. thanks rat - it really is a piece of heaven here.

      thanks for checking in on us - you take care my friend!!

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  11. OMG! What kind of easy pickin' blueberries are those? On a good year, we get the odd plant that looks like that. Holy crow. And blueberry pickers (the metal ones) are illegal in Ontario. You guys have it so easy.

    The blackberries are wild too? They look yummy!

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    1. wendy - the blueberries are wild stock, but cultivated by the family that owns the fields. they do controlled burns and crop rotate the picking areas. that is why teh berries are optimal the way they look - i was amazed!! i a went out a few times to help them - it is a commercial operation so the pickers are allowed - i will be posting on that adventure next.

      the blackberries are wild and this year has been perfect - i picked about 5 lbs so far from 20 odd bushes on our land - simply amazing!!

      cheers wendy!!

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  12. awesome pictures...the spiderwebs ones are my favorite..

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    1. thanks jugm!!!

      i am really glad you enjoyed the spiderwebs - the pics didn`t do them justice - you could see hundreds at a time!

      cheers!

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  13. What a lovely morning. The dew covered spiderwebs made me smile as I have some closeups of some of those taken recently that are going to be posted tomorrow morning.

    I don't have such a nice view but I have company, sugar cream pie and there may be lasagna for company for dinner tonight.

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    1. it was a lovely morning, but we are blessed with those a LOT here!!

      i hope you had fantastic dinner - sugar cream pie is one of my favorites!!

      thanks for stopping by!!!

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  14. Everything looks fantastic and like home :-) You are on a little later schedule than we are on the South Shore. Our blackberries are done. The blueberries look wonderful! and plentiful! That new freezer of yours will be packed this year I'm sure of it.

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    1. thanks sue!!

      yep we area few few weeks behind you southerners ;-))))))

      the freezer IS getting packed, not much room left already!!

      hope you are doing well sue - cheers!!!

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  15. kymber,
    I just posted a double rainbow picture. You can see how it is difficult to get a picture without manmade objects ruining the spectacle. I was in front of the ATT store in town, so there was no hope for a better picture. You know how brief and elusive rainbows are. Your nature shots today are fabulous!

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    1. hey practical parsimony!

      you were luck to get a rainbow shot at all - very difficult to capture properly... i cheat a bit in the mornings, everywhere i look is a fabulous picture - i snap a bunch and blog the best ;-))

      thanks for the kudos - nature makes it easy!!

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  16. we freeze the fillets in zip lock baggies with water added to prevent freezer burn taste later on...

    one can even pickle some types of fish....

    wonder if you fish farmed your own trout if be a five fish limit?

    rub a little garlic on your stripe bass lures

    Wildflower

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    1. i have frozen fish in water before to keep out the freezer burn, it works like a charm!!

      i LOVE pickled herring - i can get shad here in the spring, would those pickle well?

      i know you can farm rainbow trout but i don't think you can farm brook trout - it is forbidden to sell brook trout anywhere i have been.

      i will definitely do the garlic trick - thanks for the tips!!!

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  17. Jam, As always, lovely pictures of a lovely place, taken by lovely people.

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    1. thanks jane - you are too kind, as always ;-)

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  18. Great photos of your piece of heaven :)

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  19. thanks donna - we feel pretty damn lucky..

    cheers!

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