Sunday, August 15, 2021

Berry Picking 2021

 It has been raining a LOT.  

Fall is probably here near.   There is absolutely NO WAY we will get our projects done before winter. We accept that. However, last winter, the snow caught us before the garden was fully harvested, all the dead trees felled, or yard furniture and toys put away for the season.  We have had a busy July and, fish camp,  one wedding and another by the end of August.... We planned to spend this week working around our place...and it RAINED...all day....every day.  We've had appointments for Michael or Grandpa in the rare breaks of rain. 

Church was cancelled on Sunday.  Sunshine was predicted.  Alex would be home to help. Michael began to plan to fell  trees. No one should work with chainsaws in downpours. Safety first and all. 

BreZaak suggested a blueberry picking trip Sunday afternoon. I SO wanted to go. I also KNEW why Michael wanted us to work and that he would not go berry picking. We reached a compromise. I stayed home (this is a help in itself as he could focus solely on work and not divide is attention between work and caregiving). Grandpa can't climb around the mountains picking berries. We sent the girls with the berry picking crew. This allowed us to get work done AND get berries...and they enjoyed the time in the mountains with the family.  

They had a great time. Thanks to Arielle and Bre for sharing these photos. 

Soon it will start to go to seed and fall will be here

Danny's first berry picking adventure

Cousins - Benny, Gideon and Bella 

Stacia, Allie, BreZaak in the distance, Bella
Benny, Jamin 

Bre, Jojo, and Izaak 


Jojo's first berry picking excursion 

Annie - may be her first berry outing too


I have plans to make more blueberry jam. I hope to get out to pick some more this week. We shall see. I needed quick right now...these berries went into the freezer to be used later for smoothies, snacking, pancakes, muffins....

I'm loosely participating in an instagram challenge....#everybitcountschallenge. The idea is to preserve something every day of August.  While I'm not going to make the daily challenge (started late) I do love the focus on putting just little bits away - and it adds up. This was Monday's put away. 

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