July 26, 2018
Balls Falls is so named after the Ball family who ran a mill along the waterway. There are a number of historic buildings but they were all locked up, although we were told we could arrange a private tour if we wanted.
The Bruce Trail hooks winds through part of this conservation area, but not on the main trails. If you're looking for a long and arduous trail, this is not the place to go. The long trail is about 40 minutes round trip and the short is maybe 20 minutes there and back. It's fully groomed and manicured, with only a bit of rocky areas and slopes to contend with. However, for a hot and muggy day, lugging the loaded big girl camera bag, and a lunch bag, this was perfect.
This time of year, the water coming from the falls is groundwater. The volume is quite amazing to see. I think being able to see the run off, over the rocky ledge, in the spring time, would be quite awesome.
We took the alternate route back, but missed the switchback cut, and ended up heading right back to the building at the gate. We got to take the first part of the trail twice as we cut across a lawn to get to the little picnic area where the second trail begins.
It was a really nice couple of hours. The trails are beautifully maintained. The bathrooms are clean and bright. This was a lovely place for our picnic. Erm, also The Fibre Garden is about 7 minutes away, so we had to stop there. It is a great fibre supply store, with fabulous service. It is way too difficult not to spend too much money in there.
July 10, 2018
The difference between black raspberries and blackberries is the core and the ripening time. Blackberries have a core which stays with the berry, while black raspberries are hollow, like red raspberries. Blackberries ripen later in the summer and black raspberries ripen now!
July 07, 2018
I 've been thinking though that I'd like to take a cutting and plant it elsewhere, then replace this bush with a newer cultivar that has larger, sweeter fruit. But then I wonder if I just pick half the berries off when it first starts fruiting, if I'd get larger fruit with less effort. Still, it would be nice to have sweeter berries and maybe more edible with less sugar. Does anyone know of good, reliable, hardy gooseberry cultivars?
We're still eating salads from the garden, although the spinach has gone to seed with the stinking hot weather we've had recently. The pumpkins and cucumbers are doing well. The powdery mildew seems to be held at bay with several sprinklings of sulfur and a change in weather. I've been spot watering them directly at the roots every day. They're growing and there are some tiny fruit on one of the pumpkin plants. The cucumber plants are flowering, the zucchini plants are about to flower and the beans plants are huge and this morning, the little buds finally opened. That means beans soon too. If we get some rain here soon, the potatoes will be happy. It rained on Friday, everywhere but here it seems.