Mint, merino and a railroad spike.

While visiting some friends I harvested a pile of mint that was overtaking the garden. Into the pot I put an iron railroad spike as mordant. ….and oooh this pot smelled yummy.

Choke cherries!

What a bounty there is, bushes by the river, along roadsides and skirting fields are heavily laden with the deep purple fruits. I sure wish I were able to can up some jams right now, but a little dye pot and syrup for vanilla ice cream will do.