Wednesday, June 15, 2011

blackberry picking!

Blackberry picking, blackberry picking
we're going blackberry picking,
the berries are sweet but the thorns are prick'n
We're going blackberry picking!       - Gary Rosen

Well, and blueberries (Ayla's favorite) and boysenberries, and raspberries and one other that I can't remember the name of.   In short, we went berry picking this morning and it was lots of fun!

I know, but I have not forgotten you all.  I figured it was time that I put some pictures of my kids up so friends and family can see them.  And what better excuse then this?  

I was glad we went before 9am.  It was already hot!  But oh, nothing tastes better then a sun warmed blueberry, perfect ripeness eaten right off the bush! I am not generally a blueberry fan, but these are pure heaven!  The farm is about 10 miles from my house, maybe even closer.  All you do is show up and ask to pick.  They hand you a basket and tell you everything is organic so feel free to eat off the bushes as much as you want.  You only pay for what you take home.  To walk through where all the bushes are takes probably about 40 minutes, more if you are picking a lot.  So perfect for little ones - and pregnant moms!

Taylor is being silly here.  She is going through a "be silly for the camera" phase while Ayla is in a "I am shy of the camera" one.  I think it means I need to take more pictures.

 Taylor always wanted a berry in the picture with her.  She liked the blackberries best though there was a constant competition to find the biggest blueberry and Ayla was constantly finding "good blueberries to give to the new baby."  Yes, that means mom gets to eat them!

Ayla got tired pretty fast.  She doesn't like the heat.  "I'm too hot mama, I want to go home and eat my blueberries."  Luckily we found some shade and picked there for a while. 

Taylor on the other hand could have stayed for another hour or two!  She was having lots of fun.  I think next time we should bring some friends with us.  Anyone want to come?
 I think this was one of the "big ones!"

Always with a blueberry in front of the face!

I feel almost guilty that we have lived here as long as we have and this is the first time we have gone here.  It is so perfect for spring/summer.  One of the wonderful things about a place like Hanford is the summer fruit.  You can't do this in LA!  At least not where you have total run of the farm, can take as long as you want and eat whatever you can't fit into your basket. I have decided that until the baby gets here Wednesdays are our "do something fun together" day.  I  have to schedule these things or they don't always happen.  But we need it, and soon there will be little chance to do these fun things together, at least not without a baby in tow!  

Here is a little picture of what the bushes looked like.  LOTS to choose from!

So that was our adventure of the day!  I will soon come on here and update about Taylor's dance recital, our baby birds, most likely more baby lists and of course, you never know when I will wake up in the middle of the night and come on here to spout philosophy and/or opinions that perhaps are better kept un-posted....

But anyhow, I love you all and may you all be covered in berry juice.  In my humble opinion, one of the best ways to be!

1 comment:

  1. Berry picking was one of my ABSOLUTE favorite things to do growing up in Seattle too! I still love it, but you're right- it's hard to find farms in the middle of Los Angeles! Thinking of you always, and STILL planning on calling you soon! Love you!


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