Sunday, July 09, 2006
Of Berry Picking and Woodland Fairies
The berries yesterday were easy to pick ... I ventured out about 4:30 PM to my secret locale armed with a clean bucket, camera, gloves, and a long sleeved shirt. Best I can tell, we have thimble berries, wine (black capped) raspberries, and some type of very tall huckleberry bush. The smaller huckleberry bushes are loaded, but are not quite ripe ... a different variety. All I know is that they all taste good. I spread them out on a cookie sheet to freeze in a single layer ... later they will go in a zip lock bag or freezer container for longer storage.
About 9:00 PM, the kids and I, along with our northwood friends, traipsed on a little jaunt through some 100 acres of wooded forest, meadowland, natural springs and even crossed a creek. The whole time I'm a nervous ninny thinking every strange sound is a wild animal ... or snake! But no wild beasts were spied tonight. The moon was nearly full and cast a haunting glow in the clearings. The meadows were full of knee high white daiseys and singing insects. Our clamorous noise dashed all hope of seeing any deer. Little Nathan kept up like a trouper. Thank goodness for his laser light shoes that blink with every step! He was so wound up at bedtime, I had to help him along into slumberland with a little dose of Benedryl (ssshhh) ... OK, I know without the little sleepy medicine, he'd have been up til dawn ... (FYI ... only used on rare occassions .. especially when MOM is tired :-) This will be a night of sweet dreams.
Update: 7/9/06 Tonight for dinner I made a wonderful wild berry bbq sauce to go on some grilled pork chops ... who cares that we have purple stained mouths :) It was worth it!
Photos of berries and fairy haunt by "Me" 7/8/06