Beauty Berry Jelly

In Livingston in the woods beneath the trees lies the beautyberry bushes.

They are everywhere if you can beat the wildlife to them you will have a treasure.

The wildlife loves the berries but they are too tart for people to eat. They do make some delicious jelly.

My grandchildren picked almost two gallons and then asked me to make some Jelly.

This was my first time making the beauty berry jelly but it turned out great.

We ended up with 14 half pints in the first batch and 8 pints and 2 – 1/2 half pints in the second batch.

That was not too bad for almost 2-gallon zip locks of berries.

Orioles in the mulberries

I kept seeing a flash of yellow/gold and I could not figure out what kind of bird it was I was seeing.

Finally, after a closer look, I realized it was Orioles I have only ever seen 1 here before.

This is the first year they have invaded the mulberry tree. The mulberries have been getting picked for about 5 weeks and they showed up this week.

Normally it is the Cedar Waxwings that invade our tree in very large numbers. This year it was the Orioles in groups of 15 or so.

I was able to capture a few pictures but they are camera shy. They really are a bright-colored bird.

Nature is always putting on a show you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

Oriole1Oriole2

A frame for berries

This window frame hangs in the oak tree in the front yard normally I have a plant hanging in the frame.

Since it is winter all our plants in pots were moved in the greenhouse for protection so I needed something in the window frame. Low and behold I thought about the Pyracantha berries and I must say they look great accented by the pine tree across the street.

The stuff in the window frame becomes a picture in itself.

A splash of color under the oak tree is just enough to put a smile on your face as you drive by.

Sometimes it just takes a little bit of imagination to repurpose something for a new idea.

They’re Back

Last year we got lucky and the cedar waxwings found other mulberry trees so we actually got to pick some.

This year they are eating our mulberries before we can pick them.

There will be 60 in the tree at the same time chowing down.

Daisy was mad because she loves mulberries and she went out there and was looking all over the ground to find some. I finally found a few on the ground for her. Yes, our dog picks berries lol.

Nature is so beautiful and these birds colors are truly amazing. I enjoy watching them even if they are thieves.

Cedar Waxwings

 

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