It's been a hot, dry month here in North Carolina. It has been in the upper 90's, and yesterday I noticed the time and temperature sign at our local electric cooperative read 104 degrees F. There have been heat advisories issued during the past week and we have had to limit our workday in the blueberry field to early mornings - 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., which is safer for the workers.
The packing is done at my dad's pack house (where I work), and I have the benefit of fans. Hooray! It is still very hot and humid, even with fans. The lack of rain has already started to affect the blueberry production - smaller berries, but very sweet. I've always heard that dry seasons produce the most flavorful berries. If this is true, they should be GREAT!
I hope all of you are doing well. It seems as though it has been such a long time since I have talked with you. I am still going to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays and having a ball! There was a tremendous crowd there today - I would estimate around 400. Today was Berry Day! We celebrated the strawberry and blueberry with FREE homemade ice cream for everyone! We made five churns and it was enjoyed by all! Some visitors who were passing through from Missouri, were so excited to get some homemade ice cream - fresh strawberry, blueberry and peach! Blueberry still remains the favorite of the patrons.
We had a new vendor - a local, family-owned nursery that carries tropical Hibiscus as well as hanging baskets and other plants. A returning vendor from last year brought pomegranate plants and they were "POPULAR!" He sold quite a few in just a short time. One of the ladies who joined the market to "share the excess" of her garden, came to tell me she had "SOLD OUT!" She was so excited and I was glad because I had encouraged her to come.
The day has arrived! The "bird" is no longer a mystery! It was described in a previous post as being black and white with grayish spots under it's throat and having long legs. It was also described as being able to "masquerade" itself and as having "appeared" from time to time on "Plant Lady's Ponderings." It has shown up in the post, "She is Faithful" and is seen "from time to time" in the pictures on the Garden Photos Slideshow where she is "hiding" in the corn patch.
The "bird" is Daddy's dog. The day I first noticed her in the birdbath was especially hot. I guess she smelled the water and just decided to masquerade as a bird in hopes that no one would notice!
I have had so much fun seeing all your comments about this "strange bird." She is REALLY a "bird!" I hope you have enjoyed playing along with my "feeble" attempt at humor. I love each of you and hope I have brought a BIG smile to your face!