At this time of year,
by the time most people are just getting out of bed in the morning,
we have already put in a rather full day.
Yesterday was a good example of this.
We awoke during the pre-dawn, dressed,
and headed out to the barn at 5:15.
The pigs and sheep and donkeys were turned out to graze in the cool morning air.
The horses were led from the upper pastures
back to the barn for their breakfast (a pellet feed).
Chickens, ducks, and turkeys were let out for free ranging.
Waters were changed.
Pools were filled.
Manure was scooped.
Then, while Jack cleaned the pastures of the previous night's manure,
I worked in the garden...
picking raspberries, cucumbers, squash, lettuce,
and sugar peas.
By this time, the sun was up and a brilliant new day was beginning.
I headed back to the house to deal with the morning's produce.
The raspberries from the morning and the blueberries from the previous evening,
all went into the kettle...
and by 8 AM I had finished 7 pints of bramble berry jam.
With all of the necessary chores behind us,
we had the whole day ahead of us for other activities.
Our farm friends, Maggie and Macy, and their Mom
(the girls who gave us all those white roosters a few years ago)