Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A hot day

It's a hot day, 86 F at the airport in Bangor, perhaps a little cooler here up in the Jackson hills. I've been working outside, but I came in seeking a cooler place. A good time to post an update on the blog.

Here's the south side of the house, with the herb garden and the wall where Aimee has been shingling. This is her own private project. I'm not allowed to do any of this work except to set the scaffold, staple the construction paper, and paint the trim.

I had been told by her Aimeeness a few days ago that I'd have to shift the scaffold and brace it a little better. Apparently it had been a little wobbly of late.

I waited for a day with a little cloud because in the very direct sun that we've been having, this spot would be a heat trap. This morning dawned a little foggy, and so before that burned off, I'd have a window of opportunity. I put up the last of the construction paper on the left and this was enough to tell me, yes, the scaffold was a bit wobbly. So it was off to the lumber yard for some two by four material to use as braces and as a safety rail.

That chore was followed by lunch -- with a ham sandwich of our own ham, as well as snap peas and radishes from our garden, and a half glass of rhubarb wine. Then I puttered in the vegetable garden, pulling weeds, watering, and fitting tomato cages. The garden is looking fairly good if I do say so myself. We should have some new potatoes in a week or two.

The rhubarb wine is another recent project. We have a good crop of rhubarb which we use for British style desserts like rhubarb crumble, but I though we might also have some wine out of it.

This is the finished product below. It's a little cloudy with pectin, but tastes just fine.

At least, I think so. But I'm in that self-satisfied mode I get into whenever the first harvests begin to come in, so I'm biased.

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