I'm so grateful that a friend happened to tip me off to the plants toxic nature a few days before we pulled the first batch (positively providential:). Critter #2 and I pulled them while Papa and Big Brother were at swimming lessons. We wore gloves because we'd been told the sap could irritate skin. We also washed our hands, arms, and faces with cool water and soap as soon as the chore was done. By evening the critter and I had blistery rashes covering our forearms which had been unprotected. We also had tiny patches of blisters on faces and legs. I can imagine the misery we would have experienced if we had not been wearing work gloves!
Today we had long sleeves as well and gloves, and the plants were Much smaller and so, I guess, not as 'juicy'. So far no one has noticed any blisters or itchy spots. :)
So we pulled weeds for a while...
Then mama decided it was time to head to the pond to pick mint for pesto-yum! Last fall I was looking for a way to enjoy pasta without cheese and stumbled on this super-yummy way of fixing it. Mint and Lemon Balm pesto is delicious on pasta, though the recipe I got the idea from suggests it be eaten with fish (which I haven't tried, I bet it's yummy too). Basically I blend equal parts mint and lemon balm in the food processor with enough oil to make it go. The original recipe called for lots of garlic, I'm supposed to go easy on garlic due to food allergies so I left it out.
Here he is, fishing...
Then Papa appeared on the scene and declared it was too weedy close to shore for the fish. Critter #1 instantly had the joyous idea that papa could take him out in the canoe to fish. After a moment of hesitation the plan was agreed too, and out they went.
I almost forgot. Here is a pic of my little bro catching a strawberry in his mouth. Fabulous entertainment on a summer afternoon! :) :)