An earlier family photo of Laura, Kara and Ann, enjoying the swing tree at berry picking time.

The raspberries are ripe, which means it’s time for picking. Fortunately, our cultivated patch is right in the yard, so when Kara arises in the morning and puts on her waterproof dairy overalls to wade through the dewy canes, she can enjoy the process undisturbed.

When it was blackberry season as kids, we’d load up our buckets and head for the woods. Sometimes we were not alone! Once, I mistook a peripheral view of blackness as Grandpa’s black lab Meg, only to see Meg bounding my way from the opposite direction! Time to leave that part of the patch to the bear before Meg found it.

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