Although I’ve grown fond of my current home, I don’t quite belong in the suburban area of Olympia. I am naturally drawn to the extremes of a big city or small town. Lately, it’s definitely been on the smaller side of things. This is best demonstrated when I use my spare time to do a little homesteading. This can be anywhere from using local flora for decor, or making preserves from local bounties.
After a trip to my Gram’s orchard, I found myself with two large crates of our family pears amongst apples and Italian prunes. In hopes of avoiding waste (and fruit flies), I took to the kitchen with mason jars and some patience. Pears were 1st.
The method is so simple:
Wash & Rinse
Cut pears in half
Remove the core
Peel and chunk
Add a squeeze of local honey and lemon juice in the bottom of each jar
Add the pears with some hot water
And finish in a water bath to seal
No unnatural additives, just pure, sweet home pears.
I have been taking weekend walks to supplement my activities during the week, and found myself at The Nisqually Wildlife Refuge outside of Olympia, WA. It is a haven for waterfowl during the winter months. There are no dogs allowed, and there is a use fee of $3 which is well worth the experience. The boardwalk twists through the refuge area showing the public beautiful views of the sound and feathered friends who call it home. I came across different wintering waterfowl including, Eagles, Hawks, Trumpeter Swans, Herons, Ducks, and Canadian Geese. It was a quiet, calm and beautiful place. I was one of a few early
birds risers on a grey and damp Saturday Morning, and those that shared the boardwalk were equipped with warm clothes and binoculars. They were there for a day of bird watching. I, not as well prepared, had a light jacket and my camera bag. In hindsight a warm hat and gloves would be a good idea.