This summer of Ought – Fifeteen, has been a phenomenal one in this area of ours’. It’s been hot. Not record-breaking hot, but more like continuous warm weather, with very little rain. Clear skies predominate, even now at July’s end, which has emulated the months of May, and June. Oh wait, forgot that summer began June 21st, but remember that we were all saying we were getting summer weather in June (when June in South coastal British Columbia is usually rainy about every other day).
Our Apple crop was good this year. Mostly they are apples of a variety called Transparent, and are usually the first to ripen. This year they came on ripe at about the same time as they usually do, despite the change in the weather. So it’s right now that we have apples we don’t know what to do with. Of course, we never sell them, we only have two trees. But we have an ongoing list of people who appreciate a bag or two. Three years ago we skipped a year, when there were almost no apples at all on the trees. But this is a usual year, and every morning we wake up, look out the upstairs window, and check out the number that may have fallen from the tree, always hopeful for a low number. Some friends will want a bag or two, and maybe their friends will as well, we hope. They are always picked directly from the tree, with no bruises of course, and always the same day as they want them. The Transparents are not good keepers, but are excellent for pies, apple sauce, and dehydration. All big jobs for our apples.
Okay, okay we haven’t written lately, too much to do. we’re into August and we’ve been getting a lot of rainy spells. You know, showers for 20 minutes, then cloud that finally disapates enough for fifteen minutes of sunshine. This has been going on for days now, repeating itself even during the night.
Actually, it hasn’t been raining much, although it did happen again last night and into today. We’re now at the mid-point in August. The environment in most of southern B.C. Is very dry, with lots of “wild fires. burning now.
The Yankees have retaken the lead in basebal’s American League East, last night, and are extending their slim lead over Toronto’s Blue Jays. The game is in Toronto today, with sold out crowds coming to cheer the home team on, most of the nearly 50,000 not having much to cheer about.
Yes, the blue Jays won that one, with Drew Hutchinson the winning pitcher. He is now 12-2 for the year but, despite one of the best records for the year, yesterday was demoted to triple A minor baseball. It sound bad, but he’s the fifth man in the pitching rotation for now, so as the Jays head for the top spot in the American League East, they will go with a four man rotation. But he’ll be back.