Where I am – Picking Blueberries

U-Pick Organic Blueberries

U-Pick Organic Blueberries

I know that summer is in full swing when this sign appears on my road home.

Blueberries are ready!

Blueberries are ready!

A friend and I spent a sunny Saturday morning picking blueberries, chatting, and listening to the birds sing.

$3.00 a pound for organic blueberries is an excellent price. Our local grocery store has them on sale for $4.99 a package (they don’t tell you how big the package is).

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Working hard.

We sat (stools were provided) and chatted and picked about 10 pounds each.

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Ten pounds turned into jars of blueberry honey jam (using honey from my hive), blueberry pie filling, frozen blueberries for winter smoothies and baking, dehydrated berries, and blueberry & basil vinegar for salad dressing. It also turned into support for a local business, time spent with a good friend, and a few pennies pinched.

What is your favorite way to eat blueberries?

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Where I Am – Fife to the Paulson Bridge

One of the greatest resource I have at my disposal is the natural environment that surrounds me.  It provides a cool lake as refuge from the summer heat, wood to keep me warm in the winter, food and medicine for little effort, mild winters, plenty of sunshine, and a long growing season.  One of the greatest benefits provided by my natural environment is no shortage of trails to explore and an abundance of stunning landscapes.

This weekend, we explored one of these trails.

Leaving Christina Lake

Leaving Christina Lake

On our way.  This picture was taken from a viewpoint above Christina Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

The facilities at the Lafferty Rest Stop

The facilities at the Lafferty Rest Stop

There was a rest spot along the trail with picnic tables and an outhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were also a few bridges to cross.

First trestle bridge

First trestle bridge

 

Second Bridge

Second Bridge

And a tunnel to go through

The tunnel

The tunnel

 

Coming out of the tunnel

Coming out of the tunnel

Several plants were in flower

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Devil's Club

Devil’s Club?

Tansy

Tansy

Mullien

Mullien

And there was even a “ruin.”

Limestone Loading Tower

Limestone Loading Tower

Our destination

The Paulson Bridge

The Paulson Bridge

It was a fantastic day.

To learn more about this trail, try these links:

Christina Lake Trails

The Kettle Valley Express

Frugal Endeavors

This is how my frugal week shaped up:
Sunday – installed an exterior sun blocking blind. We had record-breaking heat and this helped quite a bit. Went for a hike with my boy who was visiting from out of town before the heat became too oppressive.

View on the Transcanada Trail on the Fife to Santa Rosa section.

View on the Transcanada Trail on the Fife to Santa Rosa section.

Monday – In the morning, I cooked a salmon gifted to us from a friend who is an avid fisherman and chicken legs in the crock-pot for future meals this week. I harvested a couple of batches of lavender and then picked a few more saskatoons so that I could make a small batch of jelly. My boy and I went for coffee at the next town over. Got a pamphlet for a self-guided walking tour and learned a little more about this small town. Came home and made jelly in the cool of the evening.

Tuesday – made a pair of sweatpants for the boy from fabric in my stash. Cleaned the house and hung two loads of laundry on the line. Watched Tudor Farm on Youtube for free. A very interesting series, I recommend it. Not much else was accomplished and none of us slept well. There is nothing like a mosquito buzzing around your head all night to keep you from sleeping.

Wednesday – Canada Day!

Butterfly and lavender

Butterfly and lavender

Thursday – harvested more lavender. I now have little bundles drying all over the house. This not only makes my house smell good, but it will provide raw material for a few Christmas gifts. Dug out some left over quilt patches to use for another table runner.

Friday – Nicose Salad for dinner. A chance to try a new recipe and to use up some leftovers from the fridge. We liked this dish and it will be added to our repertoire of meals.

Saturday – Went for a drive to the next town over. Stopped at a rest stop and came across a large clump of bachelor buttons growing wild. It was also going to see so we collected a few dried seed heads for next year’s garden. If they germinate, we will have a lovely memento of our day together.

Sunday – worked some more on the woodshed, which is almost done. We were able to reuse some wood left in the barn by the previous owner. This wood has probably been tucked away for years and it is better quality than what we have been buying.

Leave a comment and let me know your frugal summer activities.