Avocados dropped quite a few decent golf ball sized fruit this month — now it looks like we’ll have only a couple handfuls of avocados instead of the buckets we’ve been envisioning (drats!) Doing a bit of research we found out that this annual drop has it’s own ag term called “June drop.”

The gloom has brought a certain “illness” with it — a few of the tomatoes have turned sickly — droopy and dying like. Not worth keeping those. So JC pulled them up and placed green tomatoes in a paper bag to ripen.

I spoke with another tomato lover and gardener in the area and she brought up that she’s experiencing the same trouble with a few of her plants. Good to find that we aren’t alone in this phenom. “Gardener’s misery” certainly loves company! 😉


Thank you, thank you for all your notes of sympathy. We really appreciate all your warm wishes and comments very much. They’ve certainly helped us deal with the pain.

The pain is lessening a bit – though it still is hard to believe he is gone and heartbreaking to watch as Cassidy sits dejectedly by the food bowl, waiting for her kitten, Cody, to show up and listening to Ringo sadly meow trying to call his buddy.

JM is still not feeling well from the stressful ordeal of his passing. It was so hard on her to watch and feel absolutely useless. For those who know her, she is very attached to animals and is really sensitive to suffering.

We are thinking of the possibility adopting another kitten — we’ll see.


It’s been a month now without our having to visit a gas station! Quite a milestone for us. 

On Saturday, we got a phone call from our Grandmere in New Orleans who excitedly told us that “Jules is on the news!” We were like, “what news?” and a bit confused.   Looks as if the CBS affiliate station in NO picked up the piece.  


The local Star News had an article on Annie May Stone who will teach a spinning workshop here at PTF on Wednesday (June 30) from 7-9pm.

Millennia ago, people spun their own yarn by hand using drop spindles. Fabric of the ornate gowns worn by ancient Egyptian mummies was hand-spun. The sails on Christopher Columbus’ ship passed through a drop spindle as well. “It’s not complicated.

…. It’s quite easy,’ said Stone, who said she can spin about a yard a minute while watching television. Stone said it’s like other arts or skills. “It’s kinda like chess. You learn it in 15 minutes and take a lifetime to perfect it,’ she said.



The grapes, strawberries and elderberries are starting to kick into high gear and we even harvested a few, er ,one plum and a couple of apricots.   So today we will be having a fruit bowl for dessert — yum.   The peaches should be ripening soon as should the guavas in a few more months.

The banana cluster is still green, still watching it closely to see any signs of color.


I spotted this gorgeous butterfly flitting around the yard yesterday afternoon.   We’ve also spotted a few other species in the yard — it’s certainly a butterfly haven here on the homestead.

There seems to be more bees this year (whoohoo!), don’t know if it is because we have a lot more perennial herbs that they enjoy?   Everywhere you look, especially on the purple echinacea there are always bees a buzzing.

A beautiful visitor

Weather Report: Ditto…. Overcast morning, pleasant afternoon

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