Riches

Last week I went berry picking with my friend Brenda.

Her home is found in a labyrinth of country roads in Hartland, Vermont, and the old cape farmhouse is surrounded by a wonderland of berries. I had no idea berries could be so abundant.

The family that has owned this farm for generations has tended their berry canes well. I arrived for blackberry harvest and the two of us easily filled three large bowls in a wink. We went from cane to cane exclaiming at the beauty of the fat ripe berries, the size of them, the sheer quantity.

This, I thought to myself, is my idea of wealth—a productive patch of fat ripe berries that goes on as far as the eye can see. We ate ourselves silly on berries and picked until our fingers were blue and the sun got too hot (also contributing to the silliness, no doubt).

Inside we drank iced coffee and paged through the 20th anniversary edition of Marie Claire Idées that I had picked up in Montréal a few weeks ago. More exclaiming over colors and ideas and dreaming of new projects to start.

Riches.

My kind of riches.

Friendship, berries, sunshine, and a memorable summer day.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 08:29:31

    ohhhhhhhh, sounds fabulous. what a great description of rich! plus i’m thinking of all i could do with those berries🙂 thanks for sharing. i would have also loved to listen to all the ideas you and brenda came up with!

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  2. Deb
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 14:19:09

    oh MY, that brings back memories of endless childhood hours in southwestern PA picking blackberries (2 in the mouth, 1 in the bucket) with both my parents on a dear friend’s farm. Followed by fresh blackberry pie, natch. Here’s to the riches of summertime!

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  3. vtbee
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 21:59:24

    riches indeed!

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  4. Britta
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 14:07:45

    It’s crazy, I have never gathered blackberries so soon in August like this year. I also canned my first jam and prepared a yummy blackberry curd cheese tart. Enjoy the pleasures of your countryside !

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