Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer is here!

These are keepers.  The bookshelf is dusted and rearranged.  And I could never part with these old friends.  The craft book is newer, but hey, it's pretty essential.

This morning I went over to my son-in-law's shop and retrieved jars out of his storage.  Mercy!  It was as though I were on a rescue mission.  Curious.  It thought that I'd cashed in the canning ritual.  For what, I'm not sure.  I guess for simplicity.  Or here in California the fruit is so incredibly expensive, and there is no U-pick.  I know when we moved down from Oregon in the spring of 1989, I was still reeling from having lost Dad, moving twice by the time summer arrived, and exhausted from starting our business and tending to six kids, the youngest turned two a month after we'd gotten here; canning seemed tortuous.  Why bother?  Anyways, I moved at least 150 various quarts of stuff from peaches to tomatoes.  And I just never started up again, until last year when I made a few experimental batches of jams.

Picking up a jar is real familiar.  Hello.  Hello.  Oh, look at you, yes.  You held peaches:  Veteran's.  Those were to die for, and I went overboard and picked 200 pounds.  Even the farmer was impressed.  Of course, canning them was a two-day process which involved all of the girls.  That was the day that Seth crawled to the park by himself, two blocks and across a busy street.  Goddess.

Here it is:  #1 batch of apricot jam.  Oh does it smell good.  A new approach to an old ritual, I am noticing that I am liking this morning of putting things by.

It won't be too long before the blackberries are ready to pick!  And the elderberries.  Maybe I will go whole hog, and pick peaches!

I love you.


Elizabeth said...

That photo of the apricot jam actually made me salivate. Seriously.

Jean said...

Man, that all looks good. I loved perusing your blog. Lots of nice stuff there and beautiful photography.

Jendocino said...

I'm a big fan of craft books, and I really like the looks of the one you posted in your photo. I'll have to get my hands on it for sure! Great writing, and your photography is beautiful, as always. That saturated saffron color is amazing.

LindyLouMac said...

Good morning! I just wanted to say thankyou for your comments on last weeks Sunday Song and to let you know that this weeks is dedicated to all my American friends :)

It was great to read your post and see someone else being productive with the fresh fruit. We are enjoying fresh apricots from the garden at the moment, but will like you be preserving some.

Bethany said...

I love this little glimpse into your life. Wow, 6 kids!
Moving twice. All those cans.
I love your pics.
The jam looks amazing.
Glad you've found canning again.
like you.

Friko said...

I too thought I had given up preserving and canning fruit. But then Beloved showed me the glut of gooseberries, red and blackcurrants, plums and apples last year.

Would you believe I even make orange jam, called Marmalade here?

N2 said...

Ohh, Yuummm!!! Maybe there is a leeetle bit of apricot jam in my future? I am hoping so. Love the way you celebrated the apricot harvest. Love you! x0 N2

Bimbimbie said...

Just goes to show what we are taught as children never goes away*!*

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