It has been a fun vacation week in the mountains. Each day I go out and pick some of the local Virginia Wineberries. They are actually a nonnative invasive, but the berries are pretty tasty.
I had enough to make some jam. I've never canned anything before, so that was fun. I am not sure that I did it entirely correctly, but time will tell. There were so many seeds! Next time I will have to try a seedless version. There are enough frozen berries thought to take home and try to make some wine. That is something else that I have never tried.
We are still trying to get the piles of lumber under control, This one was practically gone until we went to clear just a few branches that were falling into the driveway.
Last time we were here we cleared all sorts of vines and dead branches from a group of apple trees down at the base of the driveway. We were pretty sure the trees were all dead. We were shocked to find loads of apples growing happily on most of them.
We also had plenty of time to go to a local winery though, so it hasn't been all work and no play. We will head out bright and early in the morning. I have a nice stack of hexies to keep me occupied when it isn't my turn to drive. I will try to pick out the purple ones first!