Thursday Travels: Goodbye Laverty Falls

One last look

Seated on a rock, having a snack, and listening to the falls, M and I stayed a while.  When I finished my snack, I moved around, taking a lot of different photos of rocks, the water, and the falls.  Someday (perhaps in the winter) I’ll have time to play with them.  In the meantime, I’ll show a few, looking downstream from the waterfall.

Yesterday was a bit of a canning disaster.  I spent about five hours peeling and cutting up tomatoes, and didn’t have much to show for it in the end.  Three quarts of diced tomatoes.  That’s a lot of time and effort for three quarts.  I ended up taking the remaining tomatoes and running them through the Victorio food strainer.  That yielded two gallons of tomato sauce which I will either can or freeze today.

Probably freeze.  I’m not happy with the canning process at the moment.

I’ve been preserving tomatoes via the canning process for years.  I should have it down pat by now.  Anyone watching me yesterday would have thought it was my first stab at it.  So much for seeing through new eyes.  lol!

Ah well.  I’ll try again this weekend.  I’ll have more tomatoes to process and preserve.  The harvest has been good this year.

Bunchberry on the forest floor

It’s time to leave Laverty Falls and make our way back through the woods to where we started.  M and I originally planned to make a loop of it by adding on another trail, but we spent so much time enjoying the waterfalls that we decided to go back the way we came.

Loops are nice, but I also enjoy re-covering old ground.  You get a different perspective on the way back, seeing things you might have missed on the way there.

There were a lot of exposed tree roots on the trail (as you might have noticed last week).  I’m fascinated with them, and with the way a tree will spread its roots just about anywhere.

That’s it for today’s chapter of Thursday Travels.  Thanks for joining me on my time travels back to the Canadian Maritimes.

It’s quite warm here in the Bogs.  The weather folks are advising us to enjoy this warm day because it could be the last for a while.

Looking through the grasses and cattails, a glimpse of the pond. (From this morning’s walk.)

I like the looks of the 10-day forecast.  Lots of low 70s and upper 60s for highs, and plenty of sunshine once this next front moves through tomorrow.  Good weather for hiking and walking.  Speaking of which, are you ready for the group blog walk?*  I’m thinking the week of October 8th-14th will be good.  Will that work for you?  If it looks like the weather is going to start heating up again, we can always change the dates.

Shift change

It’s back to the kitchen for me.  Tomatoes and peppers await.  Thanks again for stopping by.  Can I tempt you into helping me with the canning and freezing?  I’ll send you home with some of what we preserve so you can enjoy the harvest of summer in winter, too.  Not tempting enough?  How about dinner on the deck when we finish?  A bottle of wine?  Chocolate?  (Can you tell I need an extra pair of hands?  lol!)

Today’s joys:  The scent of tomatoes cooking; a good sharp knife for cutting peppers; the buzz of the honeybees in the goldenrod; one last dragonfly hanging around the pond; the feel of the morning dew on my bare feet; lunch with M; watching the small, day to day, changes around Breezy Acres.

Breaking News:  Frank at A Frank Angle will be celebrating a milestone this weekend beginning on Saturday.  If you have the time, stop by and say hello over the weekend.  I hear there will be food, beverages, and lots of entertainment.  Frank usually has something for everyone.

More Breaking News:  My blog and photography have been featured over at Deaf Pagan Crossroads.  Thank you so much, Osh!  Your post is a lovely surprise, and I’m honored that you featured me.

*If you’re not sure what I’m going on about, see this post.  Basically, take a walk during the dates we decide on, blog about it, and I’ll write up a post with links to all the walks, similar to what Karma does for her photo hunts.  Pick your challenge (I’ll be walking a 10k), take a leisurely stroll, or ride your bike (I believe one or two of those interested mentioned bike riding).

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29 Comments on “Thursday Travels: Goodbye Laverty Falls”

  1. jane tims says:

    Hi. Love the woods photos! The photo of the bunchberry makes me remember the early summer. Jane

  2. mobius faith says:

    Love the processing on that first image. Really nice work. Cool set overall. Goodbye Laverty Falls. – Till next time. :-)

  3. I have lots of free time…I can help with the canning! :D …. whoops…I’d better start looking for good hiking and walking trails, too! Love those roots!

  4. dadirri7 says:

    we will behome by then, a good time for me to take a walk :) …. good luck with the tomatoes!

  5. Sallyann says:

    I’ve pencilled in a “blog walk” for Saturday 13th, I’m not sure of where yet, but I’ve got the date saved. :-)

  6. ~mimo~ says:

    I love the processing of the first shot Robin! Beautiful series!

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    There’s something about the second pic that get me (a plus) … love the fifth one too. Thanks for the relaxing journey, and congrats on the tomato harvest! Many thanks for the plug and I hope your visitors attend because they are welcome! See you at the party … and I know you’ll take some pics.

  8. Enjoyed the walk through the woods. Canning? Just tried my hand at it for the first time since I was 12 and helped my grandmother with the process (I’ll be 60 next month). I am enjoying it but find, like you, all the work to yield 4 quarts of pickled green tomatoes . . . hmm or harumph!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Teresita. :) As for all the work… sometimes it’s worth it. Sometimes it’s not. But opening a jar of home canned tomatoes in the middle of January is like opening a jar of summer. Provided I didn’t mess it up. lol!

  9. dearrosie says:

    I’d love to join you on the group walk.
    I really love your photos of the trees. Just looking at them and I feel like I’m relaxing…

  10. Love the processing on that first one!

  11. Kathy says:

    1) Laverty Falls is beautiful, 2) how wonderful about your blog feature! 3) I love exposed roots too.

  12. Sounds like a good plan for the blog walk, the weather should be beautiful then – looking forward to it!!

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  14. [...] our hike to Laverty Falls, M and I stopped off at Laverty Lake.  Although the day was dark and gray, the view was beautiful [...]

  15. [...] touring the Canadian Maritimes.  This one is from Fundy National Park, taken after we hiked to Laverty Falls and visited Laverty [...]

  16. Dana says:

    Canning is a *ton* of work, but like you say, nothing beats opening up a jar of something sumptuous in the middle of February. Gotta think long term, Robin! ;)


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