Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fresh from the Garden

Hi!!
What a great weekend! The weather was perfect, which was great for the show I had. But also for picking fresh veggies from my friend Robins' garden. Yum! Someday I will have my own garden...which will be HUGE!!
I also picked up some Garlic pickles and hot pickle relish from a local business. Can't wait to have these...

Take care!!




Monday, July 22, 2013

My First Mushroom Harvest

Hi!
When I got home from work tonight - I noticed in the wood line a good amount of mushrooms. So I fed the cats, put my boots and gloves on...
What I found is called:

Chanterelle
(Cantharellus Cibarius)


They are easy to spot and so yummy. But before I picked more I sent a photo to my friend Robin, who is extremely knowledgeable, to make sure I did have Chanterelles...always smart and safe to ask or do research. You can always check the web or books as well.

Here are the nutritional values:
http://www.nutritionvalue.org/Mushrooms,_raw,_Chanterelle_nutritional_value.html

So now just need to clean them and decide what recipe to use them in...
 
Take care!





Sunday, July 21, 2013

Being a Wolf - Part 5

Hi,
We just finished a week of high heat and humidity. Today is much nicer...warm but not as humid. Days of high temperature remind me of the Wolves and how they can tolerate the weather.
The way Wolves adapt to their environment has always amazed me. Their coats are layered which protect them from the cold and ice. During the warmer seasons, they lose their very thick undercoat and only have the outer layer of the bristle fur. 
There are many ways they keep cool. They love to be in the water to cool down and get a long drink. They will also dig a large hole in the ground to get to the cooler dirt. I'm sure many of us have seen domestic dogs do the same, acting like a Wolf. 
When the Wolves lose their Winter fur, they look skinnier and their paws look larger, kind of silly. But they are still just as strong and fast. They are a wild animal and should always be respected.
Take care!

Wolf Fact: Wolves have large feet, the average being 4 inches wide by 5 inches long and can go as fast as 35 miles per hour for short distances. Their toes spread apart when they step in the snow so they do not sink. Wolves have four toes on their hind feet and five toes on their fore feet. 














Sunday, July 14, 2013

Granger Pond...

Hi,
This weekend was a great getaway to Granger Pond in Denmark, Maine. There was plenty of connecting with nature and relaxing. 
The pond is under 3 miles wide, almost 28 ft deep and abundant with wildlife. We saw plenty of birds, especially Loons, and fish. I even got to go fishing. We caught a few large-mouth bass and a pickeral. I grew up fishing all the time and haven't had the opportunity to go. So I made up for lost time and cast my line at least 50 times or more. It was relaxing and the view of the pond was awesome. 
Hopefully I will get another opportunity in the Fall to enjoy this beautiful part of Maine.
Take care!!