We're easing into Summer. We've already had a few days in the high nineties and then gotten a little rain with impressive lightning and thunder which took us back to lower temperatures and less humidity. It seems we're in for more hot days this coming week.
This is all fine for the continuing haying. High temps bake the grass dry and little rain doesn't really affect the process of raking and baling.
I'm in my normal Summer mode -- getting out early to do chores and whatever gardening I can manage and then retreating to the house until evening. I got my own battery powered chainsaw, so can cut small trees to neaten up the landscape. I cut up much dead pussywillow and wild grapevine this morning.
During the day yesterday and today, I bottled the 2010 wines which were stored in carboys in the basement. I taste a small bit of each one before bottling so as not to waste time if the wine isn't up to par.
Not a single wine was spoiled. Some are very good, others just good. Those of you who might be wondering about the yellow tomato wine: It has a slightly tomato-y taste with lemon and ginger supporting. It's what you'd call an "interesting" wine and one that may improve with age. It's a lovely golden color. 'Not something you'd normally expect in a wine. It does pack a punch, however!
The tomato wine made me think of the potent peapod wine made by the Goods in the PBS series, "The Good Neighbors." It was a 1975 series about what we now call Urban Homesteaders. They lived in a middle class neighborhood and when Tom Good lost his job, they decided to become self-sufficient by raising fruit and vegetables and even acquiring chickens, a pig and a milk goat named Geraldine. Tom managed to figure out how to generate power using the methane from animal manure.
Everything old is new again.