Savoring Summer

Sunflowers at dusk

Sunflowers at dusk

Yesterday was the once-a-year workathon we call “Corn Day.”  We spent most of the day harvesting and put up the sweet corn.  I was pleased to have sweet corn to harvest.  Last year the raccoons didn’t leave us any.  Cherie froze enough to make sure we’ll be enjoying its summer goodness all year.

Luckily for us we have interns on Tuesday–our friends Matt and Jennifer.  We were very glad to have their help and their company.

We had some excitement earlier in the morning when we discovered the pigs were out of their pasture.  It seems I left one of the gates open when I went in to clean their water trough a few days ago.

It was obvious that they were enjoying themselves.  Having found a good wallow, they were in no hurry to return home.


But Rowan definitely did not want them in his pasture.


So he chased them around a while, ruining our attempts to put them back where they belonged.


Eventually we drove Rowan away and were able to get the pigs to their own pasture.  From a distance, he continued to snort and prance around while we herded them home.

Late in the day we took a break from shucking corn to enjoy our first watermelon of the year, a fat juicy Crimson Sweet.

One of things I love about seasonal eating is how new delights always step in to replace those that are fading out.  The days of having freshly sliced cucumbers in the refrigerator are ending, for example, just as the days of having freshly cut watermelon in the refrigerator are beginning.

We’re savoring our summer.


17 comments on “Savoring Summer

  1. Eumaeus says:

    “new delights always step in to replace those that are fading out”, aye, and in the wild buffet too,
    it’s almost like you need take ‘no thought for the morrow’ matthew 6:33-34 is my favorite – or one of them. Then there is that prayer from Shenandoah, since you guys planted the water mellon seeds with your hands…

    seems anyway we look at it we are provided for, our daily bread of water mellon, apples, sin and suffering…


  2. It’s the simple pleasures that count.

    Maybe after their romp with Rowan, the pigs will be more hesitant about using his pasture. I wonder if he was chasing them out or rounding them up. Does Rowan have any cowboy horse in him? 🙂 –Curt


    • Bill says:

      The pigs didn’t seem nearly as bothered by Rowan as he was by them. They’d scamper out of his way and immediately return to whatever they were doing. That seemed to just make him madder. He’s a thoroughbred whose racing career was one race long. I think that may account in part for his grumpiness.

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  3. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, ha, you reminded me of my pig chasing days. They are the best escape artists on the farm. If there’s any way to get through a fence, they will find it. In my experience pigs are driven by food. Most of my pig herding was done with one person shaking the food pan in front and another gently herding them toward their pen from the rear. They just can’t refuse good food.

    I’m glad that you have harvested a good amount of corn and the raccoons are not a problem this year. Every year is different. This year it was the invasion of the deer and last year it was the raccoons. We are in a rain season again here so work on my fencing of Terra Nova Gardens has stopped for a few days. We just went through a very dry July so I’m not complaining about the rain days which will replenish the ground moisture.

    Have a great savoring summer day.


    • Bill says:

      They went back home because that’s where they eat. They didn’t need any escape artist skills to get out this time. Some dummy left the gate open.

      The corn was in a different location this year, away from the woods. No raccoon problems but the deer ate all the okra that was planted next to it. Grrr…

      We went from drought to lots of rain. Now, just as the tomatoes were coming into their peak, there’s splitting from too much rain. As you say, it’s always something.


  4. Laura says:

    Sounds like a very eventful day! Love those pig pics, and the sunflowers too


    • Bill says:

      It was a interesting and busy day. Glad you liked the pictures. When we were trying to corral the pigs I did what any farmer would do these days. I took a picture of it. 🙂


  5. Bob Braxton says:

    generally our pregnant sow would escape to go give birth. In any case, chasing this huge animal was terror for me and brother(s) when we were tiny, our father would always wind up with a frightening case of not being able to breathe. What he expected of us seemed far beyond the sizes we presented – so the whole scene was abject terror.


    • Bill says:

      A sow with babies is a very dangerous and scary thing. Your story reminds me of having to help herd the bull when I was a little boy. My Grandpa would give us children branches and tell us to wave them around if the bull started coming toward us. I was always terrified and the bull had zero fear of those branches. I always half expected to be gored and trampled to death.


  6. jubilare says:

    “One of things I love about seasonal eating is how new delights always step in to replace those that are fading out.” Isn’t it, though!


    • Bill says:

      I love it. We have cantaloupes and different varieties of tomatoes and green beans coming soon. And today I’ve been seeding cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Seasonal eating is the best.


  7. The pic of the pigs in the wallow is priceless! I’ll have to live vicariously through your enjoyment of sweet corn and watermelon. Up here in the PNW, it has to travel a bit and then it isn’t as tasty as I recall from my younger days spent on grandma’s farm in Alabama.
    I will also mourn the loss of your okra… Most people around here don’t even know what okra is. I see it in the grocery stores once in a blue moon and it is always pitiful looking. Plus they only offer a small amount – not sure why one would only buy a handful. Apparently they don’t know you need a “mess” of okra!


    • Bill says:

      Okra,watermelon and sweet corn. Some of the great tastes of summer in the South.

      You’re probably enjoying the cooler weather though, while we sweat out the dog days.


  8. associatedluke says:

    This whole summer has felt like either late spring or early fall with it’s mild temps. But I’ve found that because of those temps, we’re outside a lot more. So that’s awesome. Love your pix, thanks for this post!


    • Bill says:

      It’s been cool and wet here too. Not good weather for growing hot weather crops,but a lot more pleasant to work in. Hopefully it will stay this way in the fall. Fall crops will love it.


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