When I got up at 5 a.m., everything was orange. The trees, the grass — everything. The smoke was so dense I thought we had a fire nearby. You couldn’t even see across the beaver pond! But all that smoke was from a combination of two fires, one big one in southern Canada and the other, a growing fire about 80 miles southeast of us called the Greenwood Fire. Boy that smoke got our sinuses messed up and our throats clogged. But today, the air was clear, and it sure felt good. The fires are still raging but the wind changed so we aren’t getting the smoke. I sure wish the rains would come and put out those fires. The one in Canada probably won’t go out until we get snow. That’s a scary thought, huh?
Our friend and helper, Heather, came over Monday to help. I’d bought some paper lunch bags so we experimented putting them over the most mature of the Seneca Sunrise sweet corn ears which the Blue Jays were pecking open and eating. In an hour, she’d used most of the bags I’d bought so I headed back to town to get more. (We’ve got lots of corn and even more Blue Jays!) So far, there has been no more damage to the bagged corn, so it seems to be working.
Our last seminar starts this Friday, so we’ve been busy getting ready for it. Our friends, Dara and Mike came over this morning and stayed all day helping out. Dara is also our chef and wool spinner for the seminar. It’s wonderful to have such good friends. It makes life much better. — Jackie