Archive for July, 2009

SF Lesson #5: Paradise a bike ride away

When SF is gloomy, Salsalito is only a bike ride awaySalsalito

Trivia:

Name this landmark!

SF Lesson #4: Strangers

Do not go to a coffee shop unless you want to talk to strangers about healthcare reform.

SF Lesson #3: Our views are better than yours

Sally's favorite view, San Francisco

Sally's favorite view, San Francisco

SF Lesson #2: Running away is discouraged

runaways

SF Lesson #1: Open container law need not apply

Brown bagging in Dolores Park, San Francisco

Brown bagging in Dolores Park, San Francisco

Savoring the moment:

Blackberry-picking by Seamus Heaney

Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
Like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it
Leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for
Picking. Then red ones inked up and that hunger
Sent us out with milk cans, pea tins, jam-pots
Where briars scratched and wet grass bleached our boots.
Round hayfields, cornfields and potato-drills
We trekked and picked until the cans were full,
Until the tinkling bottom had been covered
With green ones, and on top big dark blobs burned
Like a plate of eyes. Our hands were peppered
With thorn pricks, our palms sticky as Bluebeard’s.

We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.
Each year I hoped they’d keep, knew they would not.

Back to the cabin

Parent's house, Saugatuck, MI

Parent's house, Saugatuck, MI

U-Pick Cherries!

Mom carefully selecting cherries, Traverse City, MI

Mom carefully selecting cherries, Traverse City, MI

Could be Tuscany…

Chantal Vineyard, Traverse City, MI

Chantal Vineyard, Traverse City, MI

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