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Well, you might have noticed there were no pictures posted these past four days, so I have some catching up to do. I went out of town Thursday for my high school reunion. You can bet quite a few photos were taken! I’ll be sharing some here to cover my four day weekend trip.

This picture was taken at an antique store in Jackson on Thursday. I love the old bikes parked outside. Had lunch inside in a nice little cafe and then did some shopping.

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If you follow me on Facebook then you got to see these pics on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday were Canning Days in our house. We had so many cucumbers from our garden that it was time to do something with them so they didn’t go to waste.

After visiting the farmer’s market on Saturday and buying okra, green beans, and dill, we made several jars of pickled okra and dilly beans, and then a few jars of pickles.

Despite my mom always using fresh grown dill, we opted for the dry. But the dill I bought did not go to waste. I dried it in our food dehydrator and stored it for more canning later.

On Sunday morning, we picked black berries with our neighbors. Then we came home and made 10 jars of jam. Then we made more pickles. And we pickled the onions and peppers that you saw in yesterday’s photo.

Next up with be more pickles and some tomato sauce once the tomatoes ripen. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the end of the day on Sunday, but we were proud of all of our work. It will be quite yummy this winter!

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I couldn’t resist a photo of these peppers and onions from our garden in this nice green leaf bowl.  This year was our first time making some pickled peppers and onions.  They remind me of those “summer harvest” decorative jars you can find in places which no one ever really eats because they make nice counter-top decorations.  Ours will definitely be eaten!

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While picking berries yesterday, I spotted TENNESSEE on one of the railroad ties. (The black berry bushes are next to a railroad track.) It brought back fond memories for me of picking blackberries with my parents, and my mom making cobblers and jam back home. We had blackberries right in our back yard.

I’m headed home to Tennessee for my high school reunion on Thursday for a long 4 day weekend, so this was a nice memory and a quaint reminder of my upcoming trip.

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Wow! Hard to believe today is the 200th day of the year. We spent the morning picking blackberries with our neighbors for about three and half hours this morning. It yielded about two gallons of berries which we split between us.

I put two quarts of berries in the freezer. Some were used to make a nice cobbler. And the rest became 10 jars of jam!

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Today we hit the Ferguson Farmer’s Market. It’s quite the event. We only went twice last year and this was the first time this year. They only have it on Saturdays from 8 to noon. There’s live music, lots of produce vendors, craft vendors, some food vendors, a meat vendor, soap vendor, olive oil vendor, spices, you name it. A little bit of everything. We walked away with a fresh loaf of bread, some okra, fresh dill, and green beans.

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Doesn’t anyone like to swing anymore?

This is a swing set in a park near my house where I like to walk, especially during the spring months on my lunch break. I always see kids on the fancy plastic play set, but no one is ever on the swings. The swings were one of my favorites as a kid. I miss that old swing set we had in the front yard.

One day I’m going to overcome my inhibitions and go play on the swings.

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July is drawing to a close. The 200th day of the year is fast approaching. And the last lilies are blooming. These shorter, darker, day lilies always bloom late in summer. Just when I think they aren’t going to bloom at all, their stalks shoot up and the blooms open. These are located in the front bed along the driveway. I have plans to rework this bed come October, so these lilies will be divided and the majority of them will get a new home along the new pathway I showed you a few days ago.

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Midnight Marvel Rose Mallow. That’s the name of this unexpected bloom we found in the front flower bed on Sunday.  We bought it because its leaves complimented our red cannas that grow along the front of the house. We never expected to see it bloom this year, but it must be doing well because it has several more blooms on it ready to open.  All the green foliage you see on it is new.  When we purchased it, all the leaves were that deep wine color.