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Category: Daily Happenings | Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:42 pm

dr and I picked a half a bucket of apricots. They could be a little softer but the birds and bugs have started eating on them so it's time for us to have a feast, too.
I've made one pie and five half pints and two pints of jam. I normally only use half pints when I make jelly and jam but I'm giving a lot of it away to neighbors and friends. There are eight people in one of the houses in the neighborhood. I didn't think a half pint of jam would go far. They can probably even finish the pint in one day. The boy keeps coming to fence and wanting to know if the apricots are ripe yet. dr keeps telling him not yet. He can see that they are getting orange though. We lock our gates when we leave but I fully expect to find he's climbed the fence one of these days. I will give them some but want to get what I want first. After all, I'm the one pouring water on the trees and protecting them from frost and bugs. I keep the little suckers trimmed from the trunk. They should be mine to use first. Before we put the fence up we never got any from the trees along the drive. Those neighbors don't live around here anymore but they are partly why we have a fence and locks on the gates. Oh, well! I do share what I have with others. I wish they would wait for me to do it. Have a nice day! Oh, I will see if I can get a picture in a bit. dooley

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Droopy wrote on Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:20 pm:

Well done, dooley! Bless your heart for making the jams and sharing them. I can't blame you for wanting to pick what you want before sharing your surplus. We've got fences and gates too. They were mainly for keeping the girls in, but now they are for keeping other children out when we're away.


Sjoerd wrote on Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:54 pm:

Apricots. Lord knows, I do luv them things. hahaha. I REALLY love them alot. Our climate here is not exactly right to grow them unless you do it in a container and move the whole thing inside during the winter. Some folks do just that and sell their fruit alongside the road.I usually get a peck once or twice when they are available. I would get more, but the trees that they are grown on are a dwarf variety and don't produce a whole lot.
Anyway--you are entirely correct to protect your apricots. People that take without asking are pretty low on my scale of decency.
Enjoy your harvest.
If I lived around the corner from you, I'd want to trade jams.


glendann wrote on Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:24 am:

Yummy dooley,That pie has to be great and the jam.Its a shame some people will take
like that.I do love apricots but sure wouldn't steal them.


Palm Tree wrote on Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:16 am:

Wow - harvesting, preserving and all that. I am envious. I would love to be living in your area.

I would also want to harvest and take my pick first if I were you. It would only be right.

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