Plums from in my backyard today

I have a gorgeous plum tree in my backyard and this year it produced a whole bunch of gorgeous plums. I’ve lived here for two years, but last year the tree didn’t produce any fruit. This year, it’s covered in beautiful purple plums.

I am starting to despair, though, that they will ever ripen. I keep hearing from other people about how their plums are ripe and they are off making wonderful things with them. They have looked pretty much the same for a couple weeks now.