berries berries everywhere

August 10, 2008 |  Category:   life seasonal travels


The thing about the NW that I will miss most when we get back on a plane tomorrow are the berries. They are everywhere – on the side of trails, in people’s gardens, in farms. Mark’s mom has a rambling bush of blackberries covering her entire side yard and the first thing we did when we got out of the car was pick blackberries, sweet and ripened from the sun. Every morning Claudine would beg to go outside so she can pop blackberries in her mouth. On a visit to one of our old college music teacher’s house, the girls went crazy picking wild strawberries, small and red, out in his back garden. And finally, a blueberry farm on Sauvie Island, right outside Portland where we took a day trip to meet an old school friend and former housemate. The girls are expert berry pickers now and there’s nothing cuter than watching a toddler picking berries off a bush, with mouth halfway open in anticipation.

We’re back in Seattle today. We leave at an ungodly hour tomorrow morning. It’s been a long trip, but I don’t think we’re quite ready to leave. We could have spent more time in Portland, for example. It’s been about 12 years since we’ve moved from there and the city is barely recognizable. Next time we’ll need to spend more time. By the way, if you’re ever in Portland, check out Lolo on Alberta Street in North Portland, a Tapas Bar where we sampled pretty much everything on the menu. The food was pretty outstanding.








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  • Kitty August 10, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Berries: yummmmm.
    There was a blackberry bush at my high school. Not many people knew about it but the few of us who did visited it a lot.
    Fresh blueberries have been insanely + unreasonably $$$ in Australia for the past few years 🙁

  • alicia August 10, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    simply stunning photos.

  • Ms.Tee August 13, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I found you thru etsy…your cookies look delicious. The marshmallows look great, too!

  • Alicia August 13, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Wow, I love your photos. Actually, it’s really showing me a side to the NW that I never knew existed. My boyfriend is always talking about how much he loves Seattle, and I’m not a fan of the rain, so I have always been against it. But gee, these pictures are so gorgeous, maybe I should take a second look…

  • Jackie August 15, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Those strawberries look amazing!