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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer Blueberry Memories


These blueberries brought us much laughter this past weekend.
Our campsite had a wonderful little petting zoo which included horses, a young calf, ducks, pigs, chickens and a mama goat with her two kids.

We were feeding the animals alfalfa pellets purchased on site from old 25 cent candy dispensers, along with bags of apples and carrots we had brought with us.  One of our containers of blueberries was beginning to become over ripe so I decided to bring it along too.  The goat was less than enthusiastic when she tried gathering the rolling globes off my daughter's palm, but she was curious enough to persevere.  

The blueberries were difficult for her to grasp as the blue marbles rolled alongside her muzzle. She was frustrated with the amount of work it was taking to get them into her mouth.  That is, until she tasted one of the berries.  Her demeanor changed instantly as she lunged for my daughter and the rest of those blueberries.  She couldn't gobble them up fast enough.  (It was at this point I felt a strange connection to mama goat, and I'm not sure why?) You could tell this was a new taste sensation for her and she was going to get every last one.  (Ah yes, that was it... she reminded me of myself when in the presence of chocolate.)  The peels of laughter and shrieks from my daughter brought everyone running. 

Her young kid however was not able to manage grabbing the globes off of my daughters hands and so she was fed one little blueberry at a time.  She seemed to be trying to chew, moving the blueberry around in her mouth until finally she stopped, turned her head to the side and spit it out with great vigor.  

My daughter laughed and laughed over the obvious disdain the goat felt for this marble of a fruit she had been given. The girls told the story of the goats and their blueberries many times over on our seven hour drive home; laughing as they explained and re-enacted the goats blueberry reactions.

Summer Blueberry Memories.

I want to freeze them ... and then pull them out again some time in November.


After the snow has fallen.

  

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23 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous photo, and a lovely story to accompany it!

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  2. AnonymousJuly 27, 2010

    saw this lovely shot on sweet shot tuesday, I love the light on the blueberries.

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  3. A good giggle story, and a beautiful photo of the blueberries. Made my mouth water.

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  4. Simple, but so beautiful! I <3 me some good food pictures!

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  5. LOL at the story. Awesome. Beautiful shot.

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  6. How neat!! I won't forget this, and I know your girls will not. Awesome picture. Makes me want some♥

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  7. Yes, let's find a way to freeze those moments!

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  8. I just love blueberries. We recently picked some and can't wait to go back. We love to freeze them to have some during the winter time. My kids love blueberry pancakes!

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  9. This picture is amazing! Love it. And goats are just about the cutest animals alive. We have four and they crack me up every day.

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  10. Phenomenal picture Dana...who has a birthday on Thursday (just thought I'd let your blogger buddies know this)

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  11. ...after the first snow flies? This is canada, right?


    so, those berries will be in the freezer, what... a week?

    kidding...glorious photos!!!!

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  12. Who knew goats would love blueberries?! Beautiful shot.

    And also, it reminds me of myself around chocolate, too!!!

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  13. I never get tired of seeing blueberries. They cheer me up, especially in muffins with crumb topping! :D

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  14. LOL That is SO cute! You will never look at blueberries the same again... you will always remember the goat. What a great new memory! :)

    ~Jennifer

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  15. GREAT shot! I adore blueberries.

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  16. I have such great memories of blueberries... whenever I would have a sleepover at Grandma's we would make blueberry sundaes. Thanks for the memories:)

    I really love the word picture you created... freezing the berries and the memories for another, not so summery day. Beautiful!

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  17. You are a blueberry goat feeder! This tickles my funny bone and soothes my senses, blue is such a nice color. Lovely picture, fun story!

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  18. Great photo.
    And that story is priceless. It's funny how the littlest things can make us laugh forever. Enjoy your trip!

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  19. Beautiful berry shot. What a fun story and delightful memory to keep!

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  20. LOVE IT! And love blueberries! Thanks for sharing.

    http://ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2010/07/colors-of-life.html

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  21. Oh, blueberries. How I love thee!

    I make a gorgeous "Fruit Flower" for my boys that they love. I slice up strawberries as 'petals', then place a bunch of blueberries in the middle as the pollen etc. They love very much!

    Gorgeous, Dana.

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  22. i love the blueness... i could swim in your photo.

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  23. Too funny! Sounds like a great trip that your girls will remember for a long time :)

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