August 12, 2018
Santa Rosa, CA
|New Millennium Homesteaders|
After parking on the gravel road that fronts our acreage, we set out to walk the property. After walking for a bit, we spotted some grapes, beautifully purple and ripe in appearance, growing randomly in the middle of our land!
|Look, grapes!! And all of those pretty, red leaves you see? Yep, that's poison oak.|
Walking the property. The growth to the left of Scott and Debbie that looks like low bushes or large ground cover is new since our last visit. It took us a while to figure out that they are actually grape vines! LOL
|Pickers, hard at work|
|Picking blackberries is messy work...but oh, so rewarding!|
|Rockstar blackberry pickers...and believe me, there's plenty more where these came from!|
|Beautiful, bountiful blackberries|
I managed to pick only a "healthy handful," spending most of my time alternating between taking photos and being deathly afraid of touching the poison oak that is ubiquitous amongst the brambles. Sigh...
Most of the blackberry brambles, I mean bushes, are located near the rear of our extensive property. On our way back to the car after blackberry picking, we slowly meandered through the wild, golden fields, admiring the grapes, picking up feathers that my have once belonged to owls, wild turkeys and/or hawks in Debbie's estimation, and examining the various small piles of scat, wondering which local residents they might have come from. You know, the kinds of things one does on a Sunday morning stroll. Well, in Sonoma County, anyway.
|My fave spot for ou future home :-)|
|Even if you know what made these holes, please don't tell me; I'm really not sure I want to know. LOL|
|Pickers and Grinners|
|Today's yield - not bad for a couple of city slickers (ok,ok, no thanks to me - ha)|
|Post-picking activity ;-)|