Today is the last day of April and the final letter for the April A to Z Challenge. Our back acres are a mobile zoo of sorts. The animals come and go as they please. The birds fly in and out.
There are a few other animals and birds who come and go into our backyard zoo that I haven’t managed to get a photo of. It’s always a treat to see someone new show up for a visit. Our yard was totally fenced in when we first moved here but we’ve taken a few sections of fence out for Dear’s shop project so the four legged variety of animals have easy access now.
And that is the finale for the April A to Z Challenge for 2020.
Hope things are well with all of you on this last day of April. Will May bring good news of loosening of the Stay at Home orders? We are hoping for that. We did hear our Farmer’s Markets are opening and that fishing and hunting are also okay with social distancing.
So this little piggy came to visit and was grunting at Dear while he worked in the garage. Dear successfully shooed it away and it moved on to greener pastures. You never know what animal will end up in your front yard when you live in the country.
The Aronia Berry. We have a bush that produces these berries profusely. The deer really enjoy them and come to find out they have health benefits.
The aroniaberry (also known as a chokeberry) has proven to be one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. In simple terms, antioxidants are a chemical compound or substance such as Vitamin E and C, found in foods, which are thought to protect the body’s cells from the damaging effects of oxidation.
Aroniaberries have higher antioxidant levels than other berries. Not only are they low in sugar, they also contain beneficial nutrients, such as quercetin, quinic, minerals, and vitamins.
Aroniaberries contain the highest levels of anthocyanins (the pigment in the berry that gives them their dark purplish-black color) and proanthocyanidins (plant-based super-antioxidants) when compared to many of the other well-known “superfruits.”
Reduction of inflammation and C-reactive protein levels
Proanthocyanidins offer a wide variety of health benefits as well. Science has shown that foods high in proanthocyanidin content may help:
Improve circulation by strengthening capillary walls
Inhibit enzymes that break down collagen
Reduce allergy production
In addition, the powerful components in the amazing Aroniaberry have been found to:
Improve function of the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems
Prevent gastric damage
Protect heart cells from cell membrane damage and DNA fragmentation
Protect the liver from chemical damage
Enhance overall wellness
It sounds like we have a miracle berry right in our own back yard. 🙂
We are going to pick them and freeze them and hopefully remember to have a few a day to improve our health.
In other yard news our grasses are taking over and in their glory.
I had my final follow-up after my eye surgery and all looks real well! I’m thanking God for that.
We were in La Conner, Washington last weekend. It’s an eclectic little town with lots of artsy flavor. As we drove around all I had to do was yell “YARD ART” and Dear would slam on the brakes and position the car so I could get a good shot. What a guy!
Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.