when we checked the weather forecast a few days ago, it was forecasted that today was going to be warm, with clear skies and no wind. and since we have had a few overnight frosts in the last 2 weeks, we knew that today would be the perfect day to go cranberry picking down at the river. even though today is our community potluck dinner - we cancelled. jambaloney brought our contributions down to our besties c &b's house yesterday evening and we paid for our tickets but we just knew that today would be cranberry picking day - woohoo!
we allowed ourselves to sleep in this morning, got our jars and lids ready for canning homemade stock tomorrow, played some cards, ran around the yard with the cats, collected anise and dill seeds, as well as grapes - more on the grapes later - and then made a snack and headed for the river!!!
i always take this pic for my friend C!
in the boat and heading out for a wonderful boat ride - it was an incredibly magic day!
taking our spin around the river with the wind blowing in our faces! i kept looking back at jambaloney and we would smile at each other.
the clouds even seemed to be smiling!
we love being out on the water! the sun made us a path to follow to get home.
while jambaloney put away the boat and the motor this beautiful red dragonfly kept me company.
after spending time out on the water it was time to pick cranberries - woohoo!
so on to the great catastrophe of a cranberry fail done Framboise Manor style.
that's how many cranberries we picked! and our land is usually covered in cranberries!!! every year we get a ton of cranberries!!! what the heck?!?!?!?!? not a single cranberry to be found?!?!?!? so we have to do some research and see if cranberries work in some kind of cycle, not producing fruit some years or something. we saw many trails and paths through the cranberries so jambaloney thinks that either the deer ate them all or it was the coyotes that we have been hearing. either something ate EVERY SINGLE CRANBERRY or they just didn't produce fruit this year. i need to do some research. and we need to go to a few other boggy places around here and see if we can get cranberries. we LOOOOVE cranberries!!!!
anyway - here's our fancy dinner down at the river - bahahahah!
some water, some beans, shrimp, and then carrots, cucumber and tomatoe from our garden/greenhouse - deelish!
well now kids - we know that the Framboise Manor Winery won't be open for a few more years - but check this out - we actually grew some grapes!!!
the previous owner planted them and much to our friend W's consternation - we haven't done anything with the grape vines since we got here - too much other stuff on the go! but this is the first year that we actually grew grapes that ripened AND taste like grapes. these are concord grapes so they are small and tart as can be - too tart for me but jambaloney loves them!
me? i love shellfish and seafood! i can eat platefulls of these babies everyday! we get them fresh from the beach and they are sooooo deelish!
and of course - shrimp and vegetable tempura!
even better than from a japanese restaurant!
well - we had a fantastic morning and afternoon! jambaloney is putting our windbreak/plastic contraption on the front of the kitchen floor - it really helps with heating the kitchen and the floor over the winter. then he's off to re-tarp our tool shed. i'm off to make cabbage rolls that we will scarf on all night. then it's our warm blankets, a cup of tea and sitting out front in our rockers watching the sun go down.
and thanking the Lord for such an amazing and wonderful day! we hope that you all had a beautiful day too!