July 01, 2007

Berries of Yesteryear

Today we had our annual blueberry picking tradition. Since Bones was one year old, we have taken the boys to a local blueberry patch, where you can pick for a dollar a pound.

Our picking yields a week’s worth of blueberry muffins, pancakes, cobblers, pound cakes and blueberries on cereal. To die for, really. Tonight we had a blueberry pound cake that I swear, is the best I’ve ever had.

We try to go early, as the hot Florida sun will surely bake you if you go much past 10. So we try to get there by 9AM, and finish picking when either there aren’t anymore berries to be picked (a new phenomena) or it’s too daggum hot.

For the last few years the former has been the determining factor of when we have departed. An hour is about all we can take before the heat is too much, but the last few years, the berries have had slim pickings. Last year’s crop was hurt by a broken irrigation system and lack of rain. This year from hoards of people who came before us.

Everyone seems to know of our little slice of blueberry heaven.

At the end of every traditional picking we take pictures of the boys with TGOO. We do a series of faces… Mad Face, Sad Face, Happy Face, Surprised, where everyone makes their face. The pictures go in the next year’s calendar.

I also take pictures throughout… and it is amazing to me, how something as blueberry picking can hammer home the growth of one’s children.

Bones in 2000
Blueberry 2000 001.jpg

Blueberry 2000 004.jpg

Bones Today
Bones and Berries.jpg

Mr. T in 2000
Blueberry 2000 003.jpg

Mr. T Today
Mr. T for blog.jpg

Ringo in 2000
Blueberry 2000 002.jpg

Ringo Today
Ringo for Blog.jpg

I know they make me nuts, but I am so in love with my boys.

Posted by Boudicca at July 1, 2007 08:54 PM | TrackBack

What a fun tradition. What's great, is to see each of their expressions...same as 7 years ago. Show's each of their personalities.

Posted by: Sissy at July 1, 2007 11:01 PM

What a handsome batch of boys!

Posted by: Peggy U at July 2, 2007 12:39 AM

That "Mr. T today" picture is kind of funny, though. It looks like he's holding a tiny person and is getting ready to eat him!

Posted by: Peggy U at July 2, 2007 12:41 AM

Definitely a group of cuties. You are in trouble when the dating starts!

Posted by: vw bug at July 2, 2007 06:27 AM

What a handsome bunch of young men. It's an excellent thing to document their growth and maturation with photographs and blog entries - in years to come, you will treasure these posts.

Blueberries! Seems like it was just over a year ago I was traipsing the blueberry fields of Eastern Canada with my blogniece and her blueberry farmin' hubby, and enjoying the finest wild blueberry pie I've ever put in my mouth.

And I've got a quart of my own homemade blueberry chutney in the fridge. I'll be having that with some planked salmon tomorrow, you betcha.

Posted by: Elisson at July 2, 2007 10:47 AM

I grew up in the blueberry tradition. Every year we would go to Eglin and pick blueberries. Mom would pack a lunch and when it got too hot we would head to the creek for swimming and lunch. My sister and I were just laughing at the memories last week. We would see who could put the most blueberries in their mouth. And then we would always wonder why our buckets were mostly empty.

Posted by: Sticks at July 2, 2007 11:11 AM

What great pics! You are so lucky to have boys such as yours and you are doing such a great job raising them. Now Mo has to have some girls to make TGOO happy.

Posted by: Denny at July 2, 2007 12:08 PM

Wonderful pictures, gorgeous young men. What a treasure!

Posted by: oddybobo at July 2, 2007 02:14 PM

It's amazing to see how much they've changed....

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 2, 2007 02:28 PM