Super Garden

After 25 hours of travel we finally arrived at Mom’s.  It was a long and exhausting trip.  The jet lag is in full force – I was up at 3:30 this morning, wide awake.  We went for a short run at 7:30am which felt like late in the morning to me!

Today we went with my mom and her sisters to the home/garden/farm of a childhood friend of theirs.  This man and his family have either a huge garden or a small farm, perfectly kept and beautiful.  They have just built a gazebo area where he invites senior citizens to come and enjoy his garden and pick fruit in season.  We got to go there today and have lunch and get the tour.

Farmer John and my aunt

Here is John, who kept appearing with different kinds of fruit for us to try.  Here’s his cart that he drives around in and gives tours of the place:

We had lunch, even in this blustery weather, outside under the new roof.

DB made friends.

Can we take him home?

In this garden/farm are several varieties of cherries, peaches, oranges, grapefruit, apricots, plums, nuts, tomatoes and vegetables. After lunch and the tour we picked some fruit to bring home.

Aunt C. and Mom
What am I picking?

We also tried, for the first time, mulberry fruit.  This looks, well, strange.  But these long dark purple stocks of fruit are super sweet and delicious!

Just as we were finished picking, the weather really took a turn for the worse.  The very dark clouds you see in the distance here, were on top of us and the wind started to really blow.

We packed up and made it home just in time before the skies opened up and it rained hard for over an hour.  I don’t know how we manage it, but the last two times we’ve come to California (and last year in Spain) we’ve brought Dutch weather with us.  This was not the plan!  Thankfully in a couple of days it will be 35C again and we can heat up our old tired bones. 🙂

EDIT:  My mom has also posted a blog entry about this day, with different photos.  Check it out here.

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