Country Life

Berry harvest time!

Every year, our wild dewberry bushes bloom and make a lot of yummy berries for us (mostly the humans) to eat. Some years there aren’t too many and some years there are plenty. This year, I think there are more than we have ever had!

Barbarella’s was fixing to fall off her nose when Jess snapped this pic!

Lately, around here, since there are so many, Jess and Amanda have been having them for breakfast! There are so many berries that you can easily go pick a handful every morning! We are surprised that there are still so many ripe and ripening berries since it’s already May!

Since it’s nearing the end of dewberries season (or so we thought) we went out with a couple of buckets to collect and freeze some for later in the year!

You have to be careful when picking them though because they have thorny stems and if you are constantly getting poked by them your hand will start to burn.

Another thing you have to be careful about is poison ivy. Dewberry vines and poison ivy look extremely similar. The difference is that poison ivy has a thorn-less stem/vine and a smooth, sometimes almost shiny, three clumped leaves while dewberries have a thorny stem/vine with three-five leaves.

Poison ivy is very similar to dewberry vines

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We would advise wearing gloves when picking them. Be sure you don’t mind getting them stained though ’cause you can’t pick dewberries without getting purple/pink fingers!

Well, we had fun picking all the berries we did and there are still a bunch more out there for all the wildlife to feast on too! We now have a couple of zip-locks in the freezer stuffed full of them!

I wrote this post back in the beginning of May but to our surprise, there are still some berries out there that are ready to eat!

The Puddle With Leaves

Okay, so I was out doing a photo-shoot with Jess when she told me to look to the left so she could take a pic of that side of my head. I looked to the left so she could take the picture but when I did, I saw this puddle

Dachshund quirks, funny,

There was something strange about this puddle so I stared at it. Jess noticed and asked me “what is it?” and told me to “go get it”. I walked over to it and sniffed the puddle cautiously and then started barking at it.

Jess was puzzled at why I was barking at a puddle but being a dachshund, you are entitled to doing some goofy things. Jess took the opportunity to get some cute/funny pics of me while trying to find out what I was barking at.

She got her pictures and I had fun goofing off. I would bark at the puddle and then go up to it and snatch the leaves out of it!

Jess still doesn’t know why I was doing that but she thinks it was because of the wind that was blowing the leaves around in it. Us dachshunds are entitled to our secrets so I am not going to tell why ;)

A Dewy Morning

Mornings on the ranch are so beautiful. Sometimes it will be foggy, sometimes not but either way, it is always beautiful.

 

A dachshund outside in dew drops

This particular morning there was no fog but there was morning dew still on the grass.

Proud miniature dachshund outside in dew drops on a early morning.

A dew drop is beautiful, many can be breathtaking. A field covered in them can look like snow. Sometimes a camera does not capture the true look as if you were there yourself, but it can allow you to see what you can not.

Morning dew drops on grass that looks like snow.

Dachshund outside in dewy grass

For instance, an eye can only see so small, but a camera can enlarge what a eye can not.

Close up of dew drops on grass.

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A camera can bring you into a world of wonder and I hope that is what I just did.

 

A dachshund and a puddle

You see, after the big hurricane there were all these puddles everywhere. I walked all though them, some with Barbarella and some by myself. I like puddles more than her :)

 

See how clean she looks compared to me? P.S. See me in the top left?

 

Then, I came to this one. This one was different. This one had something in it.

Jess wanted me to pose with the puddle so I decided I would give her some cute, goofy photos to take of me. In this puddle, there were these bubbles; I think that is what Jess called them.

Anyway, they were a bit suspicious looking so I had to check them out. I leaned over the puddle and gave them a sniff.

I couldn’t decide what they smelled like, so I thought I might taste one of them.

And after I tried “tasting” them, they disappeared! I then started pawing where they were to see if they went under the water.

I didn’t find them again so, I guess I got them!

And so, Jess got all the pictures she wanted and I saved the puddle (and everyone else) from the bubble things! So all was good once again!

True story. No bubbles were harmed (at least I don’t think) in the making of this story ;)