A berry good time in the forrest

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Last weekend when I was at Lierfoss, I went to the forrest to pick berries with my parents. We try to do that every year. Normally we walk through the forrest close to our home.  It starts only a few  hundred meters from the house. This year we wanted to try some place else. We decided to try my uncles forrest, which is located a 5 minute drive away from us.

This year we wanted to pick blueberries. When we had parked the car and started walking we saw some bushes with wild raspberries. We also spotted some on our way into the forrest.  So we decided to pick some raspberries on our way back.

Little did we know that we would find cloudberries in that forrest as well. That made us all happy, esp. dad. He loves cloudberries.

I had to bring my camera on this forrest trip. I love being in the forrest and photographing it. What I didn’t like was all the bites I got from ants and mosqitos. An ant bit me in my foot and it hurt so, so bad. I don’t think I’ve been bitten by an ant where it has hurt as bad as that did. Yesterday morning I counted all my bites and I found 12! They itch, some more than others. I have three on my right hand that is very annoying.

Oh well, enough about the bites and back to the photos. Here they are:

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Why I love the countryside…

After a tiring week at the office, last weekend came not one minute too early. Friday afternoon I visited my sister and my  new nephew at the hospital. Ahh. What great time. My sister was doing fine and my tiny little nephew was so utterly cute and soft! The rest of the friday was used to unwind and just relax on the couch.

On saturday afternoon I went to visit my parents at the countryside. I had no plans laid, other than picking some berries and bake bread. I needed a totally relaxing weekend and that’s what I got. There was a bbq, some berry picking, bread baking, cuddling with my cat and eating icecream among other things. While being at Lierfoss, I took some photos of course. Here are a few of them.

An apple from our very old apple tree. Bathing in the sun and the bokeh.

Grass. Cut / uncut. I love to walk barefoot in the grass during the summer. One of the best summer feelings there is.

A handful of currants. I’m not fan of those berries, but my dad is. So I picked a box full of currants to him. We have five bushes with currants at home.

The box is full of currants.

Raspberries. Yum! I went with mum to pick raspberries. Close to one of my uncles fields, at the end of a corner, there is a lot of bushes with raspberries. They were long time ago, several decades, moved. But they came back. So mum and I went to  pick berries there on saturday. Mum had been there before, so it wasn’t that much left. But we got a tray full of berries.

Oh so yummy berries. Mum picked the most. I was also occupied with taking photos. As always.

Mum doesn’t like her picture taken. So instead of portrait of her, I took one of her in action.

Here I got one of her from behind; in the sunlight. I wish I had her thick hair. It’s lovely.

Me walking home with the berries in a bucket.

Ahhh. There you got some glimps of what lovely things the countryside can offer. It’s not bad, is it?

 

 

 

 

 

A trip to the forrest

On sunday, me and mum, took our annual trip into the forrest to pick berries. The cranberries, which we picked last year, isn’t ready yet, so we went to pick raspberries.  A man, who died years ago, had some raspberry bushes, and they have spread. So a few of the bushes are still on that property and the rest is in the outskrits of the forrest.

I’m not sure who owns the property now, but nobody seems to care about the raspberries. So mum and I went there. We, as always when we’re there, keep a low profile – just in case. Our voices are not loud, but we quite low. And we keep our heads up in case someone shows up. I doubt anyone has anything to say, but as I said – just in case.

It was a hot sunday. But since it had rained a lot the last weeks, we wore our rubber boots. The boots doesn’t only protect us from the water, but also from snakes. You don’t want to meet a snake in your summer shoes. I almost melted away we walked through the opne landscape. A part of the forrest is gone, so we had to walk a little while ‘out in the open’ as you can see in the top picture. As soon as we came into the forrest, it cooled down.

On our way we found some wild strawberries. They were tiny. I had high hopes for the, but they didn’t taste any good. I think if they had been eaten some weeks earlier, they would’ve tasted better. Because wild straberries normally taste good!

Even though they didn’t taste good, they fit perfectly in my hand – ready to be photographed. You can see my mum in the upper left corner. She doesn’t like to be photographed, so I don’t have any photos of her. The one I took of her and I, got really blury! Gah!

We camped here. This is right by the raspberrie bushes. We had a lot of fun, even though it was hard to find the really big berries. The low voice we kept, made room for lots of “what?”, “say it again” and funny mistakes. Mistakes that only will be funny in Norwegian.

I ate some berries while picking, but managed to put more in my jar than in my mouth.

We filled three of these and one of the round plastic box shown below.

When we came home, we put all the berries on trays so we could get rid of worms, leafs and other things.

Some of the berries will be eaten with currants and vanilla cream, some will be raspberry jam and lots will be frozen (whole berries) to be used later.

If the weather allows it and we bot have time, we will go once more; this time to pick cranberries. My weekend schedule for august are a bit full (spending time in Oslo this weekend, A-HA concert next saturday with Linda who probably will spend the night, one of my cousins wedding in two weeks), but maybe we can arrange something in September. Lets hope so!

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