The sun has been warming and ripening, glorious figs in my garden, fruit of the gods, or a goddess or just me.
There is nothing better than the ever sweet fruit warm and soft, fresh off the tree, the crunchy sugary grist, a summer delight.
I've been hiking up the mountain, in higher elevations some mornings deep in the canyon away from the early sun, oh look what I found.....acres of blackberries, I had them for breakfast until my tongue was deep purple, and shared them with Jo.
I must bring a bucket next time, I like them cooked with a little sugar and cornstarch to thicken them, stored in jars in the freezer to bring out in the winter, served warm over vanilla ice cream for a delightful taste of summer in winter.
*non sequitur alert.
This topic has nothing to do with seasonal fruit but just like the cycles of ripening fruit some events are cyclical, usually occurring in late summer. Having been, in the pet care industry for many years we were often faced with the task of trying to eliminate skunk odor from our clients dogs. I thought I'd share my knowledge with you in case your dog comes inside late at night with the horrid reek. The best thing to use is Dawn dishwashing soap, forget the tomato juice and all the other concoctions. The skunk and pet event always occurs at such an unreasonable hour, I have to give it to all of you that are applying lemon juice or tomato juice, sometimes in the middle of the night or at the end of a long day. The main priority is to get the oil of the skunk off as soon as possible, before it penetrates into the hair follicle. Nearly 100% of the time your animal will be sprayed in the face. Dilute the Dawn dishwashing soap with water, never apply it full strength or you'll never get it to rinse all the way out causing possible subsequent skin problems. Apply to the face and head carefully as not to burn your pets eyes, lather and repeat. Towel dry your pet and squirt or dab "Natures Miracle" on the most offensive areas, leave the NM on and blow dry your pet. The heat of the dryer will help dissipate the smell. Your dog will have underlying smell of skunk even after bathing, heat will help so let your dog lay in the sun if it's not too hot outside. Your dog will smell like skunk for up to 6 months when he is wet or becomes damp. Luckily after immediate bathing the scent stays only on the pet and can't be transferred to carpet or furniture. Oh yes, and throw the collar away, it's not worth the effort.
btw... Your dog has not learned anything from this and will be glad to chase the next available skunk.
We do love them so, our dirty rat finks :)
Have a delightful day all you goddesses, xo Ro & Rato