Today, I picked a decent amount of blackberries for wine. However, they are less abundant than in years previous to last year. The drought last year pretty much decimated the crop. I'm hoping to get at least one carboy of blackberry wine. The heat, even early in the morning, made me feel sick.
As I picked, I had to deal with the drunken June (or July) bugs. They are now bombing the house roof. At times, it sounds like a steady rain. They are definitely connected with the ripening of blackberries. I also saw them milling around the fig tree, which has started producing.
We got an actual heavy storm yesterday. We got wet in the evening while tucking in the goats. No complaints there.
Guests did me a favor by picking more purple beans, chard, rhubarb, and shallots -- all of which were volunteer crops.