|Dan, Pauline, Colleen and Tim|
I've been busy in the gardens! We have been enjoying berries, swiss chard, basil, sage, baby lettuces and cucumbers. The peppers are almost ready to pick, the tomatos are getting bigger and I'm waiting for the rest of the veggies and blackberries to ripen.
|Raspberries! Sorry Nancy - there won't be any left when we see you!|
We celebrated the 4th early and had a picnic at Ann and Tim's house (Dan's SIL and brother) on July 1st. I didn't take my camera so no pictures other than the patriotic berries I had made.
Ann had quite a spread and we all enjoyed the afternoon chatting, eating, and having family time. The night before we had fireworks at their house and then piled into the truck and drove down to the flats (where the corn is growing) to watch the town fireworks. I believe that we had the best seats in the house! No crowds, no traffic and lots of space!
For the actual 4th of July, we went to Tioga Downs to watch the horses race. Afterwards, there was going to be a fireworks show. Although neither Dan nor I bet, we had fun watching the races.
|And they are off...|
|They go so fast!|
After the races, we were treated to a patriotic "dance" by these two horses and riders.
|Proud to be an American|
We finally got on the Susquehanna River this week. Dan had been working on another "invention" that would help keep us shaded during our paddles.
It was a gorgeous day for a paddle. We put in at a boat launch in Nichols, NY. We originally thought that the current was such that we could float the majority of the way to the farm. Once on the river we quickly learned that we would have to paddle quite a bit. It was going to be a long day...good thing we had our sunshade!
|Trees were down on the riverbanks|
|Houses in shambles|
We continued our paddle down the river. It was the first time that I had paddled in a river that had a rocky bottom and I loved looking down at the rocks. Some of them were HUGE. The water level was down quite a bit and there were "rock islands" in the river. These were havens for all sorts of birds. We saw red winged blackbirds, ducks, herons, and quite a few kingfishers. And then we saw this beauty....
|Enjoying the river|
Life is good!