July has arrived on the homestead. Its hot breezes sweep across the fields as summer nestles around our homestead in the woods. The raised beds do their best to contain the vegetables but daily there’s another overflow of greenery onto the grass below. As harvest time draws closer and closer I’m reminded of the verse in the book of Jeremiah. “Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.”
Jeremiah 29: 5
Being able to slip outside my door and clip fresh herbs for dinner is one of my favourite things to do in the summer. What a feast of flavour to choose from.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29
Off into the woods I go to forage a delicious treat that only comes this time of year. As the calendar turns to July the black raspberries begin gracing the woods. The hills and trails are covered with a blanketing of red and purple berries for any eager picker to gather and harvest for free. As their season is just beginning we hope to celebrate with a nice cold bowl of ice cream topped with fresh berries for dessert.
The best things in life are nearest. Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Until next week friends, Meagan