Saskatoon Berries

The native Saskatoon berry bushes up here in the Cariboo are ready for picking. The bushes are absolutely loaded this year, and I’m hoping to get lots put in the freezer.

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This is the Saskatoon bush to the right of our Greenhouse. I’ve been watering it the odd time but the other bushes are doing great with all the rain we had last month.


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It would be great to make some Saskatoon Raspberry wine again this year. We have lots of bushes on our property, but I’ll pick along roadsides too.

Bottling Wine

We’re heading out next week for a road trip. We’ll be making our way to Southern California for a little while. The temperatures here in the Valley have warmed up and the roads are no longer covered in a good layer of hard packed snow.

That may mean spring breakup could soon be here – it could also just be a blip in the Winter. Maybe by next week the temperature will have dropped again and another two feet of snow will be on the ground. That wouldn’t be a bad thing. We have had a fairly mild Winter here and we could use more snow to keep the forests wetter during the coming Summer.


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There’s no “season” around here that we like less. Mud season is too….well, muddy. Everything is wet, our boots have mud caked on the soles and it’s a time of year when we like to get away.


I’ve been busy doing some last minute things – we’ve got someone staying here while we are away, so there are notes to write and things to arrange.



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I got a batch of Barolo bottled today.


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I also got the Merlot bottled. Every once in a while, one of our local stores puts their Wine kits on sale at a really great price. When that happens, we like to buy a few kits and tuck the wine away for special dinners.

We make a lot of Wild Wine here as well – Dandelion, Parsley, Rhubarb, Saskatoon are some of them.  If you want to read about  how to make your own Rhubarb Wine, here’s a link.

I’m off to start packing!