Friday, 12 June 2015
|We were ambitious the day we went to the Lightscapes and went strawberry picking that afternoon. It was a little early in the season to go, but it was the only time this season we would be able to go. We went to a different PYO farm this year than we have in the past. The farm was called Fishkill Farms. It is organic ecological farming type place. They did a wonderful job with their strawberries. The field was extremely well kept and all the strawberries were in pristine condition. I have never seen strawberries look so good when strawberry picking. The rows were covered in straw which was great for us, because the kids wanted to sit down and eat as many berries as possible. And I could sit my pregnant self down and pick strawberries without exerting myself too much. It was really hot that day so |
|Henry's second favorite part of the farm after eating as many strawberries as he could was checking out the chicken coop.|
|Ready to get some strawberries!|
|Henry got really excited when he saw the tractor. This boy loves this cars, trucks, planes, trains, and basically anything that goes.|
|Better picture of the field and I can never take too many photos of my handsome boys.|
|Our green sand bucket made the journey with us. It wasn't meant to come, but Henry took it to the car with us and then Cosette wanted to use it strawberry picking. She filled it up past the top.|
|Henry was our strawberry muncher that day.|
|These strawberries were seriously the most beautiful ones I have seen. They reminded us of the ones we got in England. English strawberries are the best.|
|He worked for his snack. His box was not full at all. There were like two strawberries in there and then he ate them.|
|This kid could not get enough strawberries.|
|I love this picture of my beautiful girl.|
|We came away with seven pounds of delicious berries and some good family memories. We made some of traditional strawberry jam, tried out a quinoa strawberry caprese salad (my new favorite), and a white chocolate strawberry charlotte cake. White chocolate is the best chocolate pairing with strawberries, in my opinion. |
We like this tradition of ours. It helps us feel close to mother nature, which we don't always get that living in the concrete jungle. Any excuse to eat a strawberry is a good one in mine, Cosette, and Henry's opinion. They are our favorite.
Other strawberry picking post here.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
I found a couple of posts the other day that I wrote during our time in Cambridge and shortly before Cosette was born. I have no idea why I never published them, but for family history purposes I am sharing them now. These are events that took place May/June 2011. I was eight months pregnant with Cosette and Lyndon was finishing his masters program in Cambridge. Enjoy this first blast from the past.
We really took advantage of our last term spent in Cambridge. Both of us were keeping busy with school. I finished two of my three independent study courses and Lyndon completed his dissertation. We were living in a different part of the city so we visited some of the colleges that were closer to us. Lyndon found this really nice used bookstore in the city centre. We have gotten a start on our library with a beautifully illustrated copy of Wind in the Willows and original fairy tales plus a couple more. The night we decided to attend evensong at King's College happened to be the requiem mass for Henry VI. It was not the traditional evensong and the master of the college presided over the mass.
|We did a lot of punting. We were invited to go punting with a friend and his children and we also got a group together and went punting up to Grandchester.|
|St. John's from the Cam River.|
Lyndon is the punting master!
|The sight of King's College Chapel never gets old.|
|The Mathematical Bridge. Cambridge has great bridges.|
|The ducks are used to people and being fed by them so every time we passed a group of ducks they would start swimming towards our punt.|
|Ducklings! Probably the cutest thing we will ever see.|
|The beautiful English countryside.|
|The girls in the group.|
|Dan riding his bike across the field to meet us.|
|I had my first punting experience too. I consider it was a success because I did not fall into the river!|
|Pubs are not only for those who want to drink. We met up with some friends and had an excellent time. I wish we had gone out to a few more pubs. Black currant lemonade is delicious.|
|A bison pic for Bethany.|
|Like in normal English fashion the weather was terrible that day. Rain, rain, all day long.|
|Georgeous flower. I love the pop of red.|
|I took this picture for Lyndon to use as a model for our future home we hope to build one day.|
|A totem pole with all the locations of the world jamborees and how far they are from this point.|
|Chile for Lyndon.|
|Tokyo for my family.|
|I thought this picture was beautiful and a lovely depiction of the service that Boy Scouts provide.|
|Robert Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts Association.|
|Sunday walk along the backs. It is so beautiful and peaceful back there.|