Goodness me oh my, did we ever have a nesty weekend around here. First, there was cherry picking, er, scavenging. Which for us, is kind of the beginning of our wedding anniversary, because last year picking and pitting cherries was like sweet occupational relief from the holy shit of being less than a week away from getting hitched. This year we were all holy shit, we've almost been married an entire year. Woah. Anyway, we packed away many pies worth of cherries which makes us both feel very safe in the pie department and also is the official kick off of summer fruit stashing.
Also, there was pickling. I made another batch of my favorite pickled onions because I am completely sad whenever we don't have any, and then, hold on to your hats, I pickled carrots! From our garden! Flipping awesome. We had complete beginners' luck on our carrots this year, and damn, they are so good. Like melt in your mouth good. And being the garden hoarder than I am, pickling is a mighty fine way to get my hoard on. Anyway, I have no idea whether the are tasty since they are not ready right away, but they smelled awfully good and lots of pickling fiends out there think these carrots are mighty fine.
Ok, lastly in the food department, because I needed a small amount of buttermilk for something (why, why, why don't they sell a small container of this stuff????) I ended up making Buttermilk Panna Cotta, which was stupid easy to make and very, very yummy. Maybe a tad too much lemon and cutting back a bit on the gelatin would be good, but still: yum, served with fresh picked cherries and blueberries from the garden. Simple and cool and oven free.
In the finishing department: we are done with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We pretty much hit this series at a full tilt and aside from a lot of travel and house guests, this was what was going on at our house once the sun went down. What can I say? Fucking brilliant at turns, and I really mean that. Also kind of rough to have it head so precipitously downhill there at the end, which was completely unsatisfying emotionally but had a killer plot wrap up. Yes, I cried, and frankly I am still sad about it really being over. I might just have to write some fan fiction. Kidding.
Ok, also, I finished this book, which along with this article, will pretty much scare your pants off about the natural world getting its ass kicked. Honey bees, frogs, bats - all having a very rough go in very extreme ways. Grr. Fruitless Fall is full of jaw dropping tidbits about the mechanics of pollination, everything from bees that buzz around flowers vibrating them at specific frequencies in order to get their pollen to pop out to species that now require hand pollination because their natural pollinators are extinct (vanilla).
Also, I finished learning a tune that had been kicking my ass for quite some time. Sally in the Greencorn, you are all mine!
Ok, in the not finishing department: 2666. Someone out there please tell me to finish this, I am stalling after the first book and can't get going again.
P.S. It was my beautiful mum's birthday this weekend and she was out having so much fun that I had to settle for singing on her answering machine! Happy Birthday Mum, love you!