Chance with bucket of crabs

Our neighbor is a charter fisherman.  He works year round taking customers all over Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River to catch fish.  Sounds like a dream job but it is a huge load of work driving to make sure your customers from all over the country are catching fish in all types of weather including snow storms. What you catch has to be fileted and you must spend many evenings wrapping bait, crabbing, and drying the boat out for the next mornings trip.

We are surrounded by some of the worlds best fishing with Bass, Perch, Walleye, Salmon, and probably others I have no idea about.  Sadly I have never acquired a taste for seafood of any type.  We have a few fish fry picnics a year.  I am told there is no better fish than what he brings as it’s fresh!

Last night his family went “crabbing” (turning over rocks in shallow waters and on the shore) to catch some crabs for bait.  They took my son along to help.  He had a wonderful time and loved every minute of it!!  Here are some of the pictures of their trip to the shore of the Niagara River surrounding our island to crab.   Photos courtesy of Julie Cinelli (his wife).

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How lucky are these kids to have this life!! 


Canning & Season Preparations

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We are well into our canning process.  Tomorrow I will can our peaches and we are set then until the apples, pears and tomatoes are ready in September. 

Canned we have strawberry jam, raspberry preserves, canned cherries, dilly beans, dill pickles, and blueberry sauce.  We will do peaches, applesauce (plain and berry), carrots, and tomatoes in the next few weeks.

In the freezer we have flash frozen peppers, onion, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, beans, peas and soon we will have butternut squash, brussel sprouts, and a few tomatoes.

Frozen we have cherry pies, blueberry pies and will add apple pies when season hits.

Potatoes should be about 30+ lbs of white potatoes and 20 of red potatoes when we harvest in 2 weeks.  I grew these in containers and they are so heavy now I can barely lift them.

We purchased a meat package from the local butcher today and stocked the freezer.

This week we will get 10 cord of wood dropped and will spend a night with a few friends treating them to some beers and pizza and stock the woodshed. 

And who says life is boring!!  It sounds like a lot of work but we fit in our play time too!!