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Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

July 13, 2016 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Have you ever stood in the middle of a lavender field? It’s an experience that feeds all the senses. The blooming season is quite short though, and we’ve missed it the last couple of years, but I made sure to mark the season on my calendar because I’ve been wanting to go back for years. The lavender farm closest to us is located on the North Shore of Long Island. If you’re driving from the city, it’s a couple of hours drive, but you can make a nice day trip of it and visit farm stands, wineries and all the charming towns that line the North Fork. It’s one of our favorite places to go in the New York area.… CONTINUE READING

apple picking

apple picking

September 23, 2008 |  Category:   life seasonal

In years past, we have gone apple and pumpkin picking a little too late in the season and the farms we’ve visited have looked a bit sad and picked over. The worst was when we tried to go pumpkin picking on a weekday 2 years ago right before Claudine was born. We drove up to the Hudson Valley on a blustery cold day and to our surprise and disappointment, the farm that we had in mind was closed during the week. Determined to get pumpkins, we headed down to another farm we spied down the road, but we didn’t see a soul around, nor any pumpkin patches, and only a lone goat and horse stood in a gated pen near… CONTINUE READING

berries berries everywhere

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… CONTINUE READING

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