Made a quick tour around the farm with the camera this morning: it’s a day too gorgeous not to share.

Dogs dozing in the sun, horse sighing, hoping for another dropped apple to be thrown her way. Baby snakes out for their sunbaths, along with the usual assortment of lizards and dragonflies.

Those shadows are getting deeper and longer, and although the garden is still putting out little tomatoes and big berries, it’s pretty much all over except for the greens.

Apples are about half harvested, and the pears are beckoning.

We usually pick at the end of September, but they’re looking blushed and nearly ready right now. The deer certainly think so, and there’s a pair of squirrels working the big tree in front like a couple of second-story burglars.

Hope your holiday is a peaceful one, spent doing exactly what you want to do, enjoying the fruits of your labor.

– L


100 Comments

  1. Noelle C says:

    I wish we could all taste some of those apples and pears. They look beautiful and delicious. Everyone keeps saying goodbye to summer, but when it is still 95 degrees, it still feels like the middle of summer here. I’m hoping for a little cooler weather soon. Have a relaxing Labor Day!

  2. stephl says:

    Lovely narrative, beautiful pictures. The fruit looks good enough to eat (lol). I love the blue paint on the siding. I wish our summer was ending with beautiful blue skies, but the wildfires have cast a smokey haze over Shasta County. Enjoy your Labor Day.

  3. Jodie Head Boullon via Facebook says:

    Love those beautiful fruit trees! I’ve never made jam in my life, but it sure sounds like fun. I’ll certainly be glad when the hot temps roll on out of Georgia. It’s been very hot here today! October is my very favorite month of the year. Sure wish it would hurry up and get here!

  4. We’ll either juice or dry everything we don’t eat. No jam here!

  5. Jodie Head Boullon via Facebook says:

    Guess jam requires sugar eh? Hmmm, on second thought I’m actually thinking it might be sweet enough on its on? Like I said, know nothing about canning. Have always worried that I wouldn’t seal the jars properly and kill the whole family!

    • Jodie, you can find pectin that works without sugar or with dramatically less sugar. Online, or in grocery stores that have a really well-stocked baking supply department. To seal the jars properly, you just put them in a big pot of boiling water (like a crab or lobster pot) and let them sit in the boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. That’s it. I put some of my favorite canning books in the Bowman Hall store in the kitchen section, if you’re interested in some more interesting, current recipes.

  6. Lynne says:

    Thanks for comments, pals. The pears are unbelievably good, Noelle: they’re some kind of heritage breed, and taste nothing like what you buy in the store. We treasure every one. And Stephanie, the paint is actually “Blackwatch Green,” which is a very deep, almost black greeny-grey-blue. Love the color; it changes dramatically with the light–sometimes black, sometimes very green. Glad you like it too!

  7. michelle says:

    Love those apples! It’s been raining here fpr the last two days, but have still made the most of the weekend! I have my mom, sister, brother in law and 7 month old nephew visiting!! Happy Labor Day!!

  8. Rose says:

    Great pictures, Lynne! I admire your love of nature. Lizards and snakes! Mmm? Delicious looking apples and pears! Just wondering.. Were those apple and pear trees already there on the farm, or did you plant them? Enjoy the fruits of your labor! I like that! Aren’t you deserving? Happy Labor Day, Sweet Lynne! xoxo

    • Lynne says:

      Hey, Sweetie Rose. Pear and apple trees were here when we moved in. They’d been neglected, so we’ve tried to prune them well and baby them a bit to bring them back. They’re old, but still doing great! You’d like our snakes, too, I’m sure: the babies are 5 or 6″ long right now, and have pretty stripes. Folks here call them “racer” snakes because of the stripes, but I’m not sure what they really are. I think it’s a sign things are healthy around here, when there are plenty of snakes and frogs and bees. Hope you all have a lovely day, too!

  9. We use Agave in our jam, but we love to dry our leftover fruit too.

    • Lynne says:

      I think I’m just too lazy to fuss with all the jars and lids and pots to do jam. I’ll bet the agave is great, though.

  10. MMM thank you for sharing such gorgeous pictures!!!

  11. The photos are lovely Lynne!! I’m With Rose though, not too sure about the snakes! Dried pears are my favorite! Spring is in the air in Melbourne, I’m so happy xx

  12. Chrissie says:

    Thanks for sharing, Auntie L 🙂 Gorgeous! I would love one of those apples and those pears for breakfast right now. Enjoy your day out there lovely lady xoxo

  13. ellie says:

    Wow, what beautiful pictures Lynne! It really looks so idyllic where you live. I just spent the ‘2nd to last day of summer’ in the city, oddly enough, but there’s a quiet energy there too. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  14. Beautiful trees! Those apples and pears look yummy! 🙂 Summer is still lingering here. Sitting at 100° right now. House is full of family. Tomorrow my sister’s house will be full of about 30 people! Can’t wait. Hope I get kick whatever I’m trying to come down with! Hope all has a beautiful and safe holiday!!! 🙂

  15. andrya_s says:

    Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pics Lynne! That fruit looks magnificent! I’m currently hanging at the campsite, resting after our 3.5ish mile hike to see Tower Bridge in Bryce Canyon today. I’ve had a wonderful weekend down here! Enjoy your holiday too!

  16. Kara says:

    Beautiful post, Lynne. Happy Labor day weekend to you, too!

  17. Chris Dougherty Andres via Facebook says:

    Thank you for sharing all the pics. Unlike Rosie Dosie, I LOVE the little critters, the fruit looks amazing and just being around nature soothes the soul. Well, mine anyway. Have a great Labor Day, Lynne. Hope you are able to spend it doing what you really want to do.

  18. Leigh says:

    Beautiful post, L!! So, I take it that “picking day” will come prior to September 26th?

  19. Thanks for the snapshot tour. I enjoy your descriptions! You tell it like we’re standing right there with you! All that fruit on those trees looks delicious. We have lizards just like on our farm. They dart in and out of everything! Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  20. Diana says:

    Ohh..What beautiful fruit! Thanks for sharing pics. Enjoy your weekend. I’m hanging out with fam and friends this gorgeous weekend in the pacific northwest 🙂

  21. Destiny says:

    I love your property so much, I’ve never been there yet seeing the pics always makes my soul smile.:)The apples and pears look absolutely heavenly, it’s interesting how real-deal fruit tends to look nothing like the stuff in the store (and certainly doesn’t taste like it either), hey? As for lizards and snakes, my cousin and I used to catch ones just like the little guy in your pic when we were kids..Critters and yummy foods, and an open space to run, are what I remember as the best parts of going to grandma’s for the weekend growing up. Miss H must totally love it at Mimi’s.:)Thank you for these wonderful shots, Happy Labor Day to you too, sweet lady. ox

  22. ClaudiaM says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics Lynne. So beautiful. I especially love the trees against the shed. And do I see a horse motif about the door? Love it. Hope everyone has beautiful, peaceful, happy Labour Day! xo

  23. klduck says:

    Ms Lynne, I’m pretty sure you live on a little slice of heaven. It really looks like a dreamy place to live. I’m super jealous! We have two pear trees in our backyard…I don’t know what to do with them, so any fruit they produce just eventually ends up on the ground. The dog and other critters running around seem to enjoy them, though. LOL!!

    • Lynne says:

      You don’t know what to do with pears? Or the trees?

      • klduck says:

        The trees. I’m not sure what kind of pears they produce. I’m not sure when they’re ready to be picked. I don’t know what to do to care for them. *sigh* I’m all around clueless. LOL!!

        • Lynne says:

          Do you have pears on the trees now? How big are they? I would imagine they’re about ready. Are they dropping?

          • klduck says:

            There are a few on the trees, and they’re still dropping. They’re not very big…not much bigger than a golf ball, and the birds have had their way with them. LOL!! This year, with drought and heatwave, they really didn’t have much of chance to thrive. Of course, with me and my black thumbs, they don’t stand much of chance anyways. Hahahahahaha…

  24. Chanda says:

    Looks like a lovely day at ODF. Thanks for getting these pics for us. I’m ready to put this summer to bed, but we have about two months to go before the temperature becomes comfortable. Fall weather can’t come soon enough for me. Hope everyone has an enjoyable Labor Day.

  25. Kelley Marie says:

    Thanks for such lovely photos. That fruit looks amazing. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday, the weather has been so wonderful her in Little RI. We spent most of the weekend by the water, I do not want summer to end!!!!!

  26. Michele Wolfe via Facebook says:

    oh the jams, jellys & butters that could be made!!!! lovely photos!

    • Lynne says:

      Jams, jellies and butters are all made with sugar, Mizz Michele! So we just dry them (with lemon rinse) or make sugar-free sauce or eat as many as we can raw. We give a lot away, too, ’cause they’re so wonderful just right off the tree.

  27. Larissa says:

    What an amazing place to live on. It reminds me of where I grew up. My daddy always had two full gardens complete with apple and pear trees. How I miss those yummy fruits! We also would eat them raw, they are just so much better that way.

  28. Dancifest Mestiny says:

    It’s Peach Season here in Reno and MAN, they are awesome. Every house I go into has a sweaty woman at the sink, hovering over a full bowl of these slippery suckers, racing against time to make salsa, cobbler, and, of course, canning. Sash and I are always sent off with bags full of them, feeling like bandits. We’ll be raiding the farm for some Pear Booty very soon, argh!

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