We started our summer by exploring the south shore of Lake Superior and we culminated our summer break with a weekend in Grand Marais, MN enjoying the North Shore. . We were able to relax, explore and get away together for one last hurrah before we start transitioning to going back to school We hope to get out on a few more adventures this fall, but with school and sports our travels are likely to slow down a bit. It has been a wonderful summer, spending lots of time making memories with the kids and enjoying time out doors exploring new and familiar places.
The Solar Eclipse
We are just back from one last island camping trip in Voyager's National Park. This time we stayed two nights and brought along the paddle board. We also did some fishing in the boat (this mama figured out how to use the trolling motor) and some cliff jumping at a safe spot right on the island. We are now unpacking, hanging wet tents, washing loads of laundry - but it is all worth it. There is nothing quite like what we are able to experience up on Sandpoint Lake. I am happy that I have developed the confidence and skills to explore this area with my children independently during my summers off with my children.
We are just home from another lovely weekend on the lake. Grateful for these summer days spent on the dock and on the water.
and preserving. So far I have put up dilly beans, cucumber dills, pickled beets and peach salsa. I have been harvesting and drying chives, basil, oregano, rosemary, dill and cilantro. The garden raspberries have started to produce and soon we will have red tomatoes. Along with all of the preserving, we are enjoying eating right from the garden.
Here are just a few snapshots from a lovely weekend exploring Voyageur's National Park. With base camp at Nana & Papa's island home on Crane Lake we spent time this weekend exploring familiar places in Voyageur National Park with our children. We went home with walleye, blueberries and sun tinted skin.
After several days of cool weather and rain (Sunday we fired up our wood stove it was so cold), we finally had a beautiful day to enjoy the outdoors. We filled it up with a morning outing to a nearby beach then more time outdoors at home, whereas this mama tended to the garden and bees then hiked up our back ridge with the kids in search of ripe berries. I usually find a few blues before the 4th of July, last year at this time we found a few more than we did today, but we did find some! It has been a great day to experience the sunshine.
Oh August, a month of abundance!
This month is delivering an abundance of garden (work and harvest), preserving, gatherings with friends and family -and lots of lake time. We have been so busy, but in a full, rich and wonderful way. August, has its moments, but overall it is a wonderful time to be.
Oh July, you have been good to us.
With gratitude for many hours spent on -and in - the water and for our garden which surprised us with cucumbers and beans before we flipped the calendar to August!
We welcome you August with an open mind and heart.
This is such a fun , yet busy time of the gardening season as progress can be noted every day!
Notes from my north-woods garden:
- I am continuing to harvest herbs, which I enjoy using fresh in our summer meals. I have been continuing to dry herbs in our dehydrator to use in the kitchen and for use in my soap making escapades. I am also making some herb infused vinegars.
- We are starting to find - and enjoy - ripe cherry tomatoes. I am finding other larger green tomatoes in the garden too.
- The pickling cucumber and pie pumpkin vines are spreading, flowering and starting to bear fruit.
- I am finding pea pods, which are getting eaten as quick as they grow.
- I'm continuing to harvest bunches of kale, which I am either using, dehydrating or blanching and freezing.
- And the raspberries! This is our third year of these berry plants and it is the first year we are harvesting a significant amount of fruit. We are picking every day - eating, freezing and I just made my second (and last) batch of raspberry jam.
How is your garden growing?