Friday, September 19, 2008

Gathering Gourds

We picked the rest of our ornamental gourds from the garden today. The job took several hours as we are overwhelmed by the huge yield. Last year we got ONE gourd; this year, several hundred!

Our garden cart fills up as we begin the process of sorting the crop. There were very few that were spoiled or attacked for food by resident rabbits, woodchucks, and several types of slimey critters.

Bill is using an old whisk broom to clean off dirt that clings to those gourds that grew in contact with the ground.

Inspector Suki interrupts her afternoon nap to check on the progress. She, like us, was stunned by the size of the harvest. We assembled many baskets to give as gifts to friends. In the frontier aphorism, "Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you." If Gov. Palin wins, we may have to become more familiar with this type of reference. Let's hope not!!

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