the scent of summer

June 28, 2011 |  Category:   life outings seasonal


Seems like nothing signals summer better than berry picking. And it hits you, the heavy sweet scent of strawberries as soon as you get out of the car. Claudine is always more interested in picking flowers than she is fruit and our baskets always inevitably get littered with small blossoms and the random wildflower or weed, you know, “for decoration”. These strawberries went into a strawberry rhubarb pie that we brought to a school picnic the next day. Speaking of, today is the official last day of school for NYC public schools. If last year was any indication, Mia will come home awash in mixed emotions. Seems like she takes after me.

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  • PInk Ronnie June 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I would love to take our boys berry picking when they are a bit older. Looks like such a wonderful thing to do together as a family. It’s pretty cold here in Sydney at the moment but looking at your photos and reading your posts make it almost possible for me to smell that wonderful scent of summer. I used to get pretty emotional when school finished up as well. I hope you get to do lovely things together during the holidays.
    Ronnie

  • Liz June 28, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Your posts often bring me a strange feeling that reminds me of my childhood, which gives me (for the moment I am reading your post at least) a great sense of enchantment. You do such a good job of showing an earnest but whimsical side of your family, as well as the more nitty gritty. I always look forward to your posts. I just really thought I ought to share.

  • Neta June 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

    love the smell of strawberry fields. On my morning walks I pass by a small one, when in season the smell drives me crazy 🙂
    love c’s basket with the flowers!!

  • Karen June 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

    one of my earliest memories is of strawberry picking with my mother. I remember the white dress and the white sandals being clean getting out of the car, and covered with strawberry stains & mud when we were finished. Pure summer…

  • Ana June 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Ahhhh Summer!

  • Susan June 28, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Strawberries are one of the happiest parts of this season for me…and strawberry rhubarb is the BEST!

  • gina June 28, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Gold saltwater sandals???
    For real???

  • Leah June 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Great photos! We did strawberry picking for the first time a few weeks ago and it was SO fun! I shared photos here:
    http://leahsthoughts.com/2011/06/15/strawberry-fields-forever/

  • heather June 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    such beautiful photos.

  • mina June 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    She may pick flowers, but she’s also got a great eye for ripe berries! I’d pick her basket in a heartbeat! 🙂

  • Audrie June 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I remember picking strawberries when I was 7 in Australia. I didn’t quite grasp the concept and kept putting them in my mouth. My mum was yelling at me to quit it 🙂 There’s strawberry fields near where I live now and I think I might just take the hubs strawberry picking, weather permitting.

  • Angela June 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Claudines jumper is so darn cute! I love the first photo. Looks a lot like what Lancaster County, PA! 🙂 and that pie must have been very very delicious. Strawberry & rhubarb are one of my most favourite combinations!

  • Meghann June 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, you guys are just not letting out for summer? that’s crazy. Kids around here (KY) have been out for a month or more.
    Love the photos from berry picking.

  • Laura June 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    My daughter always comes home from the last day with mixed emotions too. They actually allow the kids to come home at noon if they want too but my daughter always stays until 3pm with her teacher. 🙂

  • Val June 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

    second blog I visit today that talks about strawberry picking. So jealous.

  • Nicole Franzen June 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    beautiful, I want to go strawberry picking. yummy

  • World Financial Group Company July 31, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    The images are just great…….I love the baby girl in the pictures.She is very cute.And Strawberries are one of the happiest parts of this season for me…

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