|A NEAR PERFECT DAY|
|FOOD, FRIENDS AND WINE|
Tuesday, 7:45 AM. 62 degrees, wind N, brisk at times. The sky is clear except for a few clouds and haze in the SE. Wind from the N means it will be cooler today than yesterday, which got seasonally warm. The barometer predicts partly cloudy skies.
The local strawberries are at their peak, large, sweet and luscious. We bought or first local sweet cherries yesterday (there were none last year) and they are excellent also, unfortunately they will sell out quickly.
We had our first real cookout yesterday evening at the Larsen camp. Andy made “beer can chicken,” simple to make and delicious. Take a whole chicken, salt pepper and herb it to taste, and place it upright over an open can of beer and cook over the fire until done. The evening was perfect, and the fire just smokey enough to ward off the mosquitoes.
Several catalpa tres, the Indian bean, Catalpa speciosa, are blooming in Washburn. They are not seen much these days, but in times past every farm had one. They are quite beautiful in bloom, and make a nice shade and ornamental tree. One drawback; the tree bears long, been-like fruits that can be something of a nuisance to clean up; small price to pay for the beauty.