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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Berry Picking Bliss Pt. 2

We had so much fun at Swanton Berry Farm last weekend that we decided to join our friends for another visit yesterday. It was too much fun, so I had to share.

When we arrived, the sun was struggling to make it’s way through the fog and was offering the most gorgeous light.

Little Miss Aoiffa had a wonderful time.

The boys worked hard.

Dressed appropriately for berry picking!

Here’s the crew. Up to no good if you ask me.

The sun came out just in time for our picnic. After the picnic, Ki was the star of the show.

Can someone tell me why we bother buying toys?

Even Aoiffa got in on the fun.

We hated to leave, but plan on returning next week again. You can never eat enough fresh berries!

Berry Picking Bliss

My awesome friend Marina told us that the olallieberries at Swanton Berry Farm were going crazy, so we took a drive up the coast and did some berry picking. I remember doing this as a kid in Ohio and eating berries until I felt sick. It was fun to basically watch my kid do the exact same thing. Here are a few fun shots from our adventure:

Our first stop was the strawberry field.

What do you think, Grandpa???

I had to get one of him on the truck showing off his goods.

And then off to the olallieberry fields. We went straight to work.

Busted snacking.

But they just smelled so good…

In berry heaven.


On the way home, we stopped at Waddell Beach near Davenport to watch the kiteboarders.

If you live in town, check out the u-pick at Swanton Berry Farms, you’ll be glad you did. I’ve been inspired by the life and death of our cousin Meghan. She didn’t waste any time, so we’re trying not to, either. More adventures on the way…