Sunday was perfect blueberry picking weather – a little cool and cloudy. we eat them fresh as they are or with granola & yogurt or as a dessert with other berries, cream, hemp seeds and maple syrup. Frozen, they are often the base of smoothies all year round and they cook up a sweet pancake topping too.
Raspberries were in unexpected abundance and we all left bellies full.
We return to the same farm each year out of habit & nostalgia but after doing some reading on blueberries i’m keen to find other u-pick farms that use natural growing practices. i love Westham Island but it’s becoming a beaten path from which it’s time to diverge a little. Local suggestions greatly appreciated!
from the moment we pulled up the drive and tumbled out Little A was a free bird with expanded boundaries and cousins to run and play along with from magic shows, twister, board games and card games, berry picking, spy games, birthday celebrating, beach combing, soccer, chasing the dog…i saw very little of him actually. Little M went along at his own pace indulging in the many arms he could charm into snuggling him up. it was a good long weekend away with family, in the forest, on berry trails, ocean side, in the garden, at the picnic table…
after seeing how much a family can grow i am determined to have a real garden next year and i think raised beds are the way to go;
peas in his pocket;
salmon berry trail;
abundant salmon berries and 1 delicious and delicate thimbleberry (from the rose family!);
even though we stayed an extra day the journey home came all too soon;
oh the weather has been fine and summery and while the respite of our own back yard is nothing at all to complain about, some nomadic wanderlust takes me over come these blue and sunny skies. i think it’s the “freedom of the road” that i miss most about my twenties. there is much to sweetly reminisce but mostly i long to appease the persistent urge to go forth… i don’t mind that we missed the ferry and wasted an extra hour on the blazing tarmac – to fulfill a little bit of that longing to drift hit the spot. once we boarded and climbed to the upper deck we were seafaring and all was well with the world. (also grandpa made the same ferry as us which made for a far more interesting voyage);
2 ferries, some driving, some waiting, an ice cream stop and we were welcomed;
Happy 8th Birthday my forever oldest boy. He quietly awoke, crawled out of bed and into his teepee where i left his baby book and annual birthday letters to read to himself. He opened the 8 year old legend book before waking us for breakfast when we lit his birthday ring, told and heard his birthday story and opened more books and lunastix. i was worried that books might not be such a fun gift but his teacher had sent a list of appropriate summer reading and he was spot on – Little A was sooooo excited about these stories! It was a quiet, mellow day to which he noted was “the best birthday!” and i contemplated leaving it at that and cancelling his party that we had planned for the weekend. In the end we followed through and i am so happy he had a fabulous time…
aww it was a sweet birthday party for my not so little 8 year old! in celebration, he and his merry band feasted and played beneath our greenwood tree.
8 rings on the tree stump (and a carved birthday message on the side which you can’t really see here);
the loot sacks were sewn up the day before from papa’s coffee bags;
monster berries – they were so ripe they were splitting in our hands;
for Little M the tractor is the highlight and for Little A i think he goes for the ice cream;
classic venture home;
freezer prep – wash, chop, lay flat on tray, cool, bag, return to freezer, repeat;
strawberry ice cream how we make it; mash very ripe strawberries with a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of cane sugar (ours had previously been mixed with vanilla bean pod!) and a pinch of salt. set in fridge for at least an hour (or in my case overnight). whisk 1 egg until light and fluffy. add in strawberry mixture with 1 cup raw milk and 1 tsp rum. mix well. stir in 2 cups of Avalon whipping cream until just blended. pour into Donvier and turn gently 3 times in a clockwise manner every few minutes until delicious!
increase decadence with strawberry sauce and chocolate ganache in a banana split sprinkled with hemp seeds;
strawberries and coconut on oats for breakfast;
strawberry mango kefir yogurt popsicles for after breakfast dessert (my kids are nutty this morning);