I love Spring Holidays. I get to sleep in. I get to tinker around the house….
Today I woke up around eight and went downstairs to check the chicken incubator. The temperature had jumped up to 105 over night – way too high. I’ve spent the rest of the day getting it to settle back to 101, but it still is doing a little too much fluctuating. I’m hoping tomorrow will be a little better.
I finished up the kiwi jam later in the morning. The kiwi had been harvested from our vines in January, after the first freeze. The mixture I made on Sunday had jelled pretty well without the addition of any pectin so I just gave it a quick blitz with the hand blender to break up the big chunks and then set it back on the heat to boil. I used my steam canner and some really pretty Weck tuple jars. I ended up with 6 half pint jars of some really tasty, slightly tart preserves.
I did take one shopping trip today to pick up some herbs and onion sets at the local farm store and a few nice things at the thrift shop. My favorite was a 1953 edition of Wild Flowers of America. It has 400 beautiful, full color plates, descriptions and an identification key. I also found a wonderful old basket with a hand-carved handle.
In the afternoon, I straightened up the living room, watched a couple of episodes of Monarch of the Glen and took a little nap. I really love vacation naps.