The trees are loaded... just starting to ripen. The harvest is going to be awesome. After picking and cleaning them I freeze them in 1 cup portions and they last all winter on cereals and in fruit smoothies and some rhubarb saskatoon crumbles.
Today Faith and I went out for a bit and got a small bucket full with so many nearly ready.
Brian had a few days off and so we decided it was time to get a few things done around our little home. Faith and Brian made a start on some new kitchen cabinets (pictures to come later) and went to town to purchase some subfloor since all of our floors need to be replaced too. Plans were drawn up for a proper stairwell and we started thinking about how to replace our bathroom - and how about paint colours and trim? Oh so exciting... it's finally going to happen after 5 years of hemming and hawing: to fix or to replace our home.
Brian thought the best place to start structurally would be to open the hatch into the crawl space (mud hole) and see if anything needed supporting or lifting - since our home is sitting on wooden beams. Oh! What a problem that turned out to be. The entire space under our house was filled with water! We don't have a basement just this muddy crawlspace. So now to pump it all out. A neighbour had a sump we could use and Brian went to work... drilling a hole in the wall to feed the pipe out and 1.5 hours of straight out pumping... so much water. The next step was to put in a permanent pump.
What a day! Several trips to town before everything we needed was purchased... and every trip is 20 - 30 minutes one way! Then the crawling in and out of the muddy hole - and showers in between each time. Yes, I do declare this the worst day ever for my husband!
Here are some pictures so you can get a little feel for the space he's been working in and maybe you can feel sorry for him too (and say a prayer or two) :-)
Genesis: "In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."
Jeremiah: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Job: "My roots will reach to the water,
and the dew will lie all night on my branches.
My glory will not fade;
the bow will be ever new in my hand."
David: "Blessed is the one...
...whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers."
Solomon: "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf."
Ezekial: "Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
Revelation: "On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."
"To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."
Brian and I were watching our resident squirrel out of our kitchen window... I grabbed my camera and very quietly and slowly walked out on to the deck. He dashed up the tree and started to scratch himself... I know how he feels!
A couple of years ago we were picnicking at Elk Island National Park. The sun was setting. Suddenly I saw this amazing picture in my mind and got Faith to run down to the beach. I snapped this picture and without any filters or editing - this is how it turned out. Loved it!