Thursday, August 19, 2010

In Which We Spend Much Time Outdoors

Yesterday we went raspberry picking at Horse Hill Berry Farm , and I dearly wish I had brought my camera.  The lighting was great; it was that sort of overcast that makes bright colours (like yellow raincoats and red raspberries) really pop.  The kids had a great time, and we came away with a few pounds of raspberries, (Killarney and Boyne varieties if I recall correctly), some inside the kids, and even more in our buckets.

We spent the rest of the day in the backyard, where I finally got around to pulling this large golden beet out.  I'm not sure if they're quite as nice when they're older like this, but we'll give it a try.  This is the only beet from our garden this year, which is fine, because I haven't planted them in a couple of years.  That makes it our bonus beet, and, being a not-so-little beet of our own, it very nearly qualifies as a great big beet in the country instead.

Ornamental Corn

Anyway, with vague paraphrasing of Blackadder's dogsbody out of the way, we can get back to our time in the yard, which was lovely.  We haven't been spending much time outdoors since the mosquitoes came out in droves, but they're settling down to a dull roar now, and the glorious breeze kept them from being too much of a nuisance.  It was sunny in the afternoon, but not too hot (again, thanks to the breeze).
Stonecrop blooming
The obligatory hops photo
The Farmer's Market Cardigan earned a bit of attention as I knit on the second half of the trim/collar.  I'm hoping to finish this over the weekend, but it may end up taking a bit of next week too.  This part requires a bit of attention, but it's so satisfying to watch the cables move across in waves and the short-row shaping curve the piece to fit the sweater.

It was nice to sit back, knit, enjoy the kids playing and all the colour in the yard.  The bees drifted around the yard, paying visits to the lavender and other flowers that were in bloom. 

The hops continues it's quest to conquer the garage (or possibly planet), and has a tendril snaking into the kids' playhouse.Ah yes, and the gnome has found her home among the lingonberry (this spot had a few more votes off the blog as well). 

Now, off to freeze another bunch of raspberries.  (They're delicious, by the way).

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