What a fruitful year this is. Best of all is the resurrection of our black raspberry bushes around our homegrounds. Their plenitude was what persuaded me to buy this place. And then the deer moved in. For decades they have eaten every raspberry cane that has dared to appear. But now that our hunter friends have lowered the deer herd, the black raspberries have a fighting chance. I say “fighting” because even so the deer continue to trim back every cane they can reach. They don’t like steep slopes, though, and that’s where I’m picking in this video.