Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Cherries!


These were the first cherries off our tree this summer. Maybe not quite as ripe as they could have been, but I'm impatient. The rest I will leave until they are a deeper shade of red, almost black.




Today I went to one of the U-pick places in town for strawberries. Now I think I am quite an organised person - I made soup and bread in the morning because I knew I would be out late, I washed and dried the taekwondo uniforms so that we would be prepared to go straight to a class after youngest son went to a birthday party, I had buckets ready for filling with strawberries. However, two thoughts belatedly hit me this afternoon which could have ruined my plans - first, were they open for picking, and second, did I have enough cash? Thankfully, they were open, and I checked my purse for cash and found about $7 in there. Hmm, at 99 cents a pound, that wasn't going to buy a huge quantity of strawberries. Oh well, I just decided to fill up one bucket, estimating that it might hold about 5 pounds. My guess was about right - the fruit and bucket weighed about 6 pounds, for which I was charged $5.50 to allow for the weight of the bucket. K and I probably wouldn't have had Heather's stamina at picking strawberries anyway - we quickly tired of bending and sweating over those strawberry plants - but we have enjoyed eating some of the strawberries this evening. SO much better than the hard tasteless imports.

3 comments:

Heather said...

O.K, there is the big difference between you and I, I don't like to go picking with less than $60 in my wallet. Seven dollars? If I'm gonna make the effort to go pick then I'm gonna pick....a lot. It isn't really that I don't get tired of bending over the plants, it is just that I know how good those berries will taste in the winter and that keeps me picking long after my back is sore. :-) Wanna go again today?

Felicia said...

Beautiful cherries. This is the first year I've ever had a peach tree and I had quite a fun time picking them.

Reb said...

I used to stay at my sister's farm in the summers when I was a pre-teen/teenage. I hated picking strawberries (that was my daily job) and I would take HOURS just to pick half an icecream bucket- well, it felt like hours. LOL.

But what a bargain! And it would be lovely to have a bunch of tasteful frozen strawberries (vs. the untasteful types) in my freezer. Hm. Getting a little late in the season now.