Monday, July 25, 2011


I made my very first batches of jam for the season. I picked about 60 quarts of strawberries at the end of the season for free! One of our growers lets me pick berries and cherries each year. Got to love that.

So far, I've made Strawberry, Strawberry Vanilla, Strawberry Rhubarb, Raspberry and Sweet cherry jam. I still have lots of sweets to pit and then tarts too. Plus I plan on picking more raspberries and blueberries. Of course, there is still peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and apples still to come. The freezer is full of strawberries to make more jam later and for making daiquiri's, mmmmm.

Looking Up

I look at the sky and horizon often. I'm compelled to take photos whenever possible.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Times Gone By

Here are some views of various areas on the Leelanau Peninsula. I have admired these old buildings for years. I wonder how old they are and what the area looked like at that time.

This church sits across the street from the old buildings.

I caught this sunset on my home to moms Friday night. This photo does not do it justice.

It's Cherry Season in Northern Michigan

The tart cherry harvest began a few days ago for some farms. Others are still a week or so out. Here are some beautiful Montmorency tart cherries. These aren't quite ready for harvest but it wont be much longer.

Sweet cherries of course! One of the perks of my job is getting to eat them straight off the tree. I can often be found with purple teeth and a bit of cherry juice on my shirt. Guilty!

The weather is supposed to very hot this week so we are all going to be roasting in the orhcards during harvest.