It’s been a busy day at Shady Acres. For the past two days, our church has hosted a food/rest/pottybreak stop for Black Rock’s Bike-a-thon. (See here:http://www.blackrockretreat.com/bikeathon/) What a great time it was, and the event is so well planned, down to the way the food stops are handled, it was a joy to be a part of it.
Yesterday, there were about 50 bikers that stopped at our little country church. Gary Burlingame and I stayed for the entire time, and Christina with Charis and Deborah and Certain Man all did some helping, too.
This morning, the co-coordinator felt it would be wise for someone to be there somewhat ahead of time, and so I went up around 9:30 and set up what we had, just in case there were some early birds. It was cold and overcast, and no one came early.
Pretty sparse fare at this point — just bananas and cookies
and, in the cooler, chocolate milk.
But with cookies like this, who needs much else?
Dave and Ilva came to be our church’s volunteers for the day,
And wouldn’t you know, I didn’t get a picture of them!
I am so grateful for their help today,
because it meant that I could go home after things were set up.
Then the food wagon got there, and there were wonderful things to choose from.
These were the Black Rock “Foodies” for our station.
Jon and Rose Diener.
Wonderfully organized, helpful and cheerful.
Pretty soon, the bikers started pulling in.
There were lots of stories and note comparing and encouraging words.
This is a mother and son team that were doing the ride today.
I think he said that he is 13, and this is his second year to ride.
After the first riders came through,
I left the Bike-a-thon in the capable hands of the team that was there
and came home to my waiting chores.
I had LOTS of relish waiting.
I had gotten a batch into jars and sealed before I left,
but I had two more to go. What a wonderful feeling!
39 pints (in 45 jars). All sealed.
But then I kept thinking about how I had checked my Lima Beans
yesterday, and they were in dire need of picking. So around six,
I went out and picked lima beans. I got about 3/4 of a bucket.
Middle Daughter, home from her trip to the Baltic Sea, helped me shell them.
I washed them, blanched them, and got them into the freezer.
Four more bags! Total now is 30 bags.
While I was picking the beans, though, I noticed a wonderful thing.
There are beans hanging on those vines in unbelievable numbers!
If we don’t get frost for a few more weeks,
I should have a couple of really good pickings left!
Even though it means lots and lots of work, I am so happy!
There really is nothing quite like Delaware Lima Beans.