Sunday, April 19, 2009

Strawberry Fields Forever

It's 9:45 PM at night and it's still 80 degrees outside. Wow, that's unusual for April here. It was actually in the low 90's during the day! Today we met up with our friends AJ & Meera and their son Andon in Carlsbad. We all had lunch together at Ruby's Diner to celebrate AJ's birthday. I had Kobe beef sliders, but they were so greasy that I didn't eat the bottom of the buns. But it was great to be with good friends, in such great weather outside. After lunch, we headed over to Carlsbad Strawberry Company to pick some strawberries. None of us have done this before, even though we've all lived here a long time. You buy the buckets and then it's all you can pick, eat, and fit in the bucket. Strawberry fields for as far as the eye can see. We walked pretty far to an area where it wasn't already picked over. The lanes were narrow so it was hard to squat way down. I didn't find any really big strawberries, but most of them looked like this: Todd and I picked some and ate some, picked some and ate some. Everyone was trying to find the best strawberries. Todd showing off his loot: Andon showing off his loot: There was an ocean breeze there so it wasn't actually hot, but quite pleasant. We made sure we had sunscreen on and enjoyed the afternoon sun. After we filled our buckets, it was time to go home. The guys with our strawberries: We spent the rest of the day researching more stuff that we have to buy for the remodel. Stuff like bathroom mirrors, vanity lights, faucets, etc. And we took notes for stuff to discuss with our contractor tomorrow. Oh and I got to write a really big check for a progress payment, which was not fun.


  1. Mm, I love strawberries! When I was little my mum and I went with some friends each summer to pick strawberries at such a place nearby. The grown-ups picked a lot of berries to bring home and make jam and lemonade of, and we kids just ate. :)

    Great photos, love how you can see the soft wind on the picture of the day!

  2. My kids pick strawberries every year around the middle of May. Then I make loads of strawberry preserves...enough to last us the year. (You wouldn't believe how much sugar is in strawberry preserves!) Of course, we have our share of strawberry shortcake, too. Wonderful pictures! (what a precious little boy!) Have a great day...

  3. all of us love strawberries! Here in the neighbourhood is a strawberry-field, too!

    Love your shots of picking them up!

  4. Beautiful shots!!! I love them all. The vibrant colours are fantastic and the light in that strawberry shot is amazing! I can't wait to take my kids strawberry picking but they aren't in season here until mid to late June. Our season is only about two weeks long unfortunately so if you get bad weather in there the window is even shorter. :(

  5. Ahhhh man! There will be nothing ripe here for another...several months lol! BUT I admit, 98 degrees? That would kill me, when we hit 70, we're cooking up here :D

    AWESOME berry field photos :D The trip looks like it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

  6. Your photos from strawberry picking are fantastic. They make me want to get Lightroom so I can take my pics to the next level. Your color saturation is amazing!

  7. Yay!! super fun photos! I love to go pick them...and Carlsbad has the biggest around. They aren't always the best tasting ones in the area, but they are definitely the prettiest!!


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