Free Is Always Good

| 10/26/2013 11:01:00 AM

Tags: Olde Days, Cooking, Canning, Berries, Fruit, Apples, Crabapples, Plums, Prunes, Italian Prunes, Blackberries, Elderberries, Huckleberries, Picking, Jam, Jelly, D.J. Glawson,

DJI used to wonder as a kid how people ever found enough to do before there were printed books readily available or television. I did not have television until I was probably about 12 or 13, but even then I knew that women in ‘the olden days’ didn’t go to school during the winter as I did. So what did they do during the day? And what did the children do when school was out for the summer, or on the weekends? Even I got bored jumping on my pogo stick or playing jump rope. And in winter I couldn’t do any of those activities anyway!

Nature's Free Bounty

Nature's Free Bounty

As is almost always the case, I have grown up and I am doing a lot of the same activities people in ‘the olden days’ used to do, and – guess what – I have discovered what all those women and children did while the guys were out working in the hay field or tending the critters! My husband’s family didn’t do a lot of the same things my family did when he was growing up, probably due to the fact they moved around a lot. His father was in the Army so they didn’t stay in any one place too long, so he has just discovered the joys of doing some of the things my relatives use to do all the time. My mother and I didn’t do a lot of this because she was blind and so was unable to drive, but once in a while I had the privilege of picking berries with cousins. I even had some cousins who had their own Hazelnut trees! I loved going up there and getting the free nuts. It was so awesome!

Perfect Huckleberry Country

Perfect Huckleberry Country

10/29/2013 9:50:37 AM

Yeah, sorry about the Lisa post. It's been one of those days. Just taking a break from a major plumbing repair and didn't pay attention to my posting. ***** Have a great day.

10/29/2013 9:48:59 AM

D.J., Isn't it amazing out nature has planned the schedule of ripening fruit and berries for animals to have a buffet all summer long. Society has lost the connection to nature and how it provides for the animals and us as well. Foraging as you explained is a great way to fill up the pantry for those cold Winter days. Railroad tracks are a great source of foraging here as well. We have many old railroad beds that have been turned into bike paths for the cyclists. The foraging along these paths start in spring with wild asparagus and ends with elderberry. I really should get back to foraging again. I did it some twenty years ago but life has a way to distracting us from things we like to do, doesn't it. Thanks for reminding me of the plethora of food that surrounds us free for the taking. ***** Have a great day thinking about the next foraged food.

10/29/2013 9:48:35 AM

Lisa, thanks for sharing your life's journey so far. It appears that animals will be in you future for a long time. Like forever. :0) My animals are the wild life that I see near or in my garden and yard. I've had animals through out my life as well but most have been pets for the family. I've had everything from fish to gerbils with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and probably some that I've gotten. During my growing up years on the farm we had the standard farm animals of cows, pigs, chickens, and horses. I'm kind of finished with domestic animals so wild life is great for me. ***** Have a great day on the homestead.

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