Berry picking was not on the agenda today but the weather was too nice to stay inside. I slopped on the sunscreen, grabbed my giant hat and headed out for the afternoon. The blueberry bushes were a little picked over so I got just enough to make some muffins, but the raspberry bushes were laden with fruit.
Picking was easy because the bushes had almost no thorns.
I worked my way up and down the rows for about and hour and a half, picking almost 6 lbs of raspberries. Once home, I made blueberry cornmeal muffins and tomorrow I'll be freezing berries and making raspberry jam. I never buy berries at the store anymore so when they are local and in-season I tend to pig out.
I'm doing lots of fun stuff this week because it is my annual "time off from practicing the bassoon." Some years I've needed to take off a whole month (to avoid total burn-out) but this summer I think a week will be plenty. I think having a big garden to dig in this summer has really helped keep my career anxieties at bay, not to mention the health benefits of the exercise, sunshine & fresh air, and extra vegetables.