Wednesday, July 2

Some Canada Day Fun

Yesterday was Canada Day. I talked to Michelle in the morning and she told me she and Barry were taking the boys bicycle riding and then to the Canada Day festivities.

About 3:45 pm, Jordan called and asked if we could go to the farm. I told them that the farm was closed because of the holiday. Well, Jordan wanted to go somewhere and he thinks his big brother has extra clout, so he put Brandon on the phone. He was also a bit disappointed that there would be no farm and asked if we could do something else. Since everything was closed for the holiday, I told him I couldn't think of anything.

After I'd hung up, I got thinking about what a nice day it was, sunny but not excessively hot and a cool breeze was blowing. I phoned Michelle back and asked her if I could take the boys strawberry picking. She said yes.
We headed out and yes, I did have the camera, but forgot all about taking photos in the strawberry field. The berries were juicy, large and easy to pick.

We paid for the berries and the boys took them to the van while I asked the farmer a few questions. Yes, it was a good crop this year and the berries would last for about ten more days. Whoohoo! We only bought enough for eating this time, but Michelle wants to make freezer jam and I would like a few more for eating. I don't make jam because I'm diabetic and Dwight is allergic to strawberries, so I just enjoy them in season.

Anyway, while I was talking to the farmer, Jordan found my camera. Since he loves taking pictures, Brandon was the subject of most.

Here is the first one. Brandon professes to hate his photo taken, but notice the smile on his face.

This one looks like he got a little more cooperative. It's unusual to get a nice photo of Brandon smiling, so Jordan did a good job with this one.

The game is over and Brandon has had enough. He's totally ignoring Jordan. However, secretly he was having fun because they were both laughing and cutting up when I got back to the van.

When we got back to their place I asked them to stand in front of the tree in the front yard and have their photo taken with the berries, since we didn't get any of them in the strawberry patch. Amid groans of protest, they agreed.

Still being a little devilish, they decided that they would have their picture taken but stick out their tongues while I was doing it. They took turns doing this until I had taken three photos. I told them that they had to stand there until I got a good one. hehe

Finally they behaved for me to get a half decent one. They are still in being devilish mode, but having fun is what life is all about. I can hear them in 20 years laughing about how they pushed Grandma's buttons and tried to make her just a bit crazy. (If they only knew.)

Here are some of the fruits of our labor. An entire pail of strawberries. They are big, juicy and sweet. It only took us about 20 minutes to pick four quarts and in between the boys were tasting and having fun.

This was the perfect outing to top off Canada Day. We had fun and made a few memories. What better thing to do on our country's birthday. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Oh wow....first, I'm once again drooling with my tongue hanging out [but not in the devilish mode of the two clowns...errrrr, um boys!] Those strawberries looks sooooo darned good. Nothing can beat home grown berries either.

    The boys photos are terrific. I love each and every one of them. Such cards. Love their fun attitude. Great kids y'got there my dear Mary!!!

    Now, when's the next date for strawberry pickin'? I wanna come too.

  2. Oh, that bucket of strawberries looks devine and sounds like a great outing. I bet the boys had fun!
    Happy late Birthday, Canada!

  3. I love love love strawberries!! Yummy!! We did not have a great crop this year. I think because not enough rain!! They are my top favorite though. Glad you had fun..making memories. Sandy

  4. Happy Canada Day, dearest Mary...a day late! lol What a wonderful way to spend the day, picking strawberries. They aren't ready yet in my corner of the world but when Steve & I were in Niagara on the Lake and at the St. Jacob's Farmer's Market, we saw tons of them...bought a small container to eat right there too:-) I so love my strawberries!! I make jam with mine and freeze some as well.

    Love all the pictures...such fun to see the boys having a good time with their grandma:-)

    I was really sorry that we couldn't meet up this time but as we said, there will definitely be another time that we'll be up your way!! xoxo

  5. I have plans to go and pick a couple of baskets of berries at Leisure Farms in Sturgeon.

    I do not pick the wild ones as they are so hard to find beneath the hay on the field. They are so small. They are much tastier than cultivated ones and those with the patience think they are a special treat.

    Your boys seen to really enjoy their time with you.

  6. Mary,
    So wanting to make sure I stopped to say hello my few minutes on line today. Not much new, still hurting and Marc leaves Monday. yep, I'm one sad cookie!! Take care, Lori

  7. Mary,it sounds like you had a fun outing!
    that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Bug Time Hugs and God's love and Blessings headed your way!

  8. Hey Girl...... I have been absent...... Your day seems like a lot of fun and those strawberries are wonderful!!!! We have nothing like that around here sad to say......... I used to make strawberry jam every year but have not for a couple of years.......

    The boys are such a lot of fun for you and keeps you young...... great pictures ! something that they will always remember and so will you..........

  9. Hi Mary,

    I’m glad you had a good Canada Day and got to spend time with the boys. And, picking strawberries, ummm!

  10. Oh fun! We've gone berry picking with the girls the last couple summers and it's always a good time!
    Your grandsons look like they really enjoyed their time with you! :)

  11. Mary
    Sounds like a grand way to spend a Happy Canada Day.Cute photos of the boys. I have not broken the fast this morning so those berries make me hungry. Eat an extra one or two for me. Peace

  12. Mary,

    Running behind and catching up pn your blog - it seems that everything I've done in the past few days is on step forward and two steps back...:)

    Boys will be boys - they are mine was (still is) love to cut up. The strawberries look so good!

  13. What a delightful post, Mary! Jordan is a very good photographer. Don't grandchildren just love thinking they have pulled one over on us??? LOL I'm glad you all had such a great time and thank you for sharing it.