I saw the bear when I was working on the computer upstairs - in broad daylight. The reason I looked out the window was because the ducks were quacking more hysterically than usual. And there
We all ran outside, and even though we made quite a racket, the bear just serenely stood under the apple tree for a while longer. When we got closer, it finally bolted. Here is a very bad photo Steve managed in the excitement.
When we got to the apple tree, I mobilized our family to immediately pick all the apples. It was a miracle the bear hadn't climbed up the tree and destroyed it already. When I checked out my vegetable garden right next to the tree I saw bear tracks amidst all the deer tracks, and a big pile of bear poop on top of my beet bed, with half of the beets gone and the rest with the tops eaten off.
Since I had taken a shower earlier, I was still in my bath robe, furiously pulling beets, harvesting basil, and micro-managing the apple picking. Ahhh. Country livin'...
|Instead of the usual dozen or so quarts of honeyed beets, I only made 5 quarts. Hmpf.|
Talking of hungry: Steve smoked all the salmon that the boys caught on their river adventure. They continue to catch fish every day, good boys!
Also, I harvested squash a couple of days ago, a little disappointed with the meager crop (compared to other years). And, of course, I keep making cheese like mad. This week, I experimented with Gouda, flavored with cracked pepper and mustard seeds. We'll see in two months how it tastes.
(By the way, there is still time to sign up for my online cheese making course!) Have you watched my movie yet? In it I give FREE tips and tricks for making great Gree Yogurt, Chevre and Gouda.