We have been working like mad people, for it is harvesting time here and so we have been spending long, hot hours at the lottie and long, hot hours in the hot kitchen processing the veg and fruit. Where to begin....The plums then. We have had a monster harvest of the Opal plums and put up 18 jars of the stuff. Well, that'll do us...including the give-away's, but the tree is still way full. I estimate that we did not even pick half of the total amount. I thinned the fruits twice and then the tree itself went through the "June drop"...all that plus me going over the fruits every day to look for tell-tale black dots on the young fruits indicating the presence of little worms inside the fruits. --Gad, this has been abnormal. Then there were the blues-- our little blueberry patch is putting out very well this year. The first harvest netted more than three kilo's. They went into jam the same evening that we harvested them. The empty shelves in the pantry are beginning to fill up nicely. Take a look at the blues in situ and at home: I had been watching the corn carefully, checking it daily to see if the ears were ready for picking...one day, we arrived at the lottie to discover that one ear was split open from the silks down.-- rats! Literally. I harvested all the ears that were ready-ish and set a trap. The next day there was no further damage and there was a rat in the trap. Some years I loose 85-90% of our ears to the rats or birds. We put up the corn and ate a couple of cobs. That fresh corn is such a treat. Of course with all this hot and sunny weather, the toms are really doing well. we had the first BLT's (shown here with the Bride's world-famous potato salad) a week and a half ago...what a wonderful thing that was. We lifted the last of the spuds a few days ago and put them down in the cool shed. These are the Ratte d'Ardeche: The beans have begun producing ....finally. We had to plant and re-plant them five times this year. Here you can see the unbuttoned harvest aprons that Dooley provided a number of years ago. We are so thankful for these. Thank you again, Dooly. We processed most of them, but of course we ate some right away. We lifted all the onions also and are letting them "cure" on the old kapucijner rack. With all the work that we have done and are doing--there is still plenty for the Food Bank. We pick up weekly from other gardeners to add to our own excess. Oké then chaps, it's a wrap. I hope that you guys are having a good growing season, whether it be fruit 'n veg or flowering plants.