Thursday, June 11, 2009

Last week of school, first tastes of summer...

The school year is winding down and I am slowly getting back in to the mindset of being with both of my boys each day.  On Tuesday we stopped by our local Farmer's Market after school.  I always love to see the buckets and buckets of flowers...  my favorite is later in the summer when the dahlia are in full bloom.
Peonies are very nice right now.  This bloom was almost a perfect globe with a 9 inch diameter...huge!
Have you ever smelled sweet peas?  I wish that computers came with Smell-o-vision (only sometimes)  because these smelled divine.
I couldn't keep my eyes off of these beets... this year might be the year of orange.
Our city has been planting some lovely perennials in some of the planters around the Market area and this daisy was so simple and pretty.
We brought some of the rainbow carrots back for a taste test at dinner.  They all were so pretty and it is so fun to eat something that you know was in the ground that very morning.  The taste... well, it was good... BUT, I am such a purist, I think that I like that plain orange best.  Maybe if I did a blind taste test the results would be different, but the yellowish white ones made me think that I was eating a parsnip and the purple ones...  they tasted just fine, but THEY WEREN'T ORANGE!
Yesterday we went to one of the farms that lies right outside our city limits.  I guess I didn't think that strawberries were ready for U-pick...but they were and I had two willing pickers.
My dear Brownie doesn't like to eat berries, but he is a diligent picker.  (I think that the lack of eating adds to his final yield.)
We were lucky to see any berries in this bucket, because Blondie's favorite thing to say is "Strawberries?  I love strawberries!"  I, myself, did as little of picking as possible.  The height of strawberries is just not conducive to good pregnant lady picking and I am just at that point where the belly really offsets my balance when I crouch.

I guess I will just have to wait for blueberry  season.

Today is our last day of kindergarten for a while.  I am going to try not to get too teary as we go to the end of the year celebration.
JMB

5 comments:

Diane said...

More AMAZING flower photos! You do such great things with your boys, and document the adventures so beautifully. I managed to get through high school graduation this week without shedding a tear. It gets a little easier the second time around.

emily ruth said...

so pretty...
we went to the farmers market two saturdays ago...
i love it there...
love the bustle...
& i love the calm of tuesday market...

we were out playing at thistledown a few weeks ago
& the strawberries were not quite ready...
i'm so happy to see that they are now!
not sure if my helper elves will be as helpful as yours...
:)

happy graduation to brownie!
& to you too, mama:)
so exciting...
:)

Mushyhed said...

Jessica, your pictures are awesome and your boys are just too cute!!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

crazy gorgeous color in your fab photographs! as for tearing up,
my girl's school does a moving up ceremony where the principal does a little speech and declares them the next grade up. (third graders into fourth graders etc) I get teary watching the other kids move up! And my own! Wait til next year, her last in lower school. what a blubbery mess I'll be.

Lily Boot said...

what a beautiful post Jessica! I love the strawberries - how can brownie not want to eat them - omg - I can eat them by the kilo without a pause :-) The flowers are beautiful and I can just imagine what the sweet peas smell like - one of my uncles ( a very hardworking plasterer) used to grow them every spring just for their scent - he planted right outside his room so he could smell them when he came home from work. And those carrots! I thought at first they were roasted. Did you know carrots were initially purple - but they weren't overly popular so they worked on them (in Holland I think) until they produced an orange variety which was much more popular! (info courtesy of Jane Grigson, an English food writer who I think you would love!) Enjoy the bounty!