Tuesday, June 30, 2009

life is a bowl of cherries...

Never mind the pits!

We spent the weekend camping ...in a cherry orchard...in the middle of British Columbia's desert...uncles, aunts and cousins gathering intentionally...for a family reunion.

We arrived by car, truck or RV...and one travelled four hours by bicycle...just to spend time with family among the cherry trees. (Don't feel too sorry for he who pedalled the distance...as he spends his vacations pedalling the highways and bi-ways of distant lands...just for the fun of it!)

We caught up on the latest...the vacations and vocations...family trials and celebrations...and spent a lot of time around the table. There was a 70th birthday that needed to be marked...and another who was turning fifteen. We all got wet...whether we wanted to or not...and we ate as many cherries as we pleased! We've been meeting like this around the first of July for many years...and we all know each other better for it.

For Maelyn it was a first visit to the cherry orchard...

...and she wasn't quite sure what to make of the whole thing. Dark sweet cherries...

or bright pie cherries...she rather liked those little red balls.

Our cherry fest is behind us for this year...and it was good!

Have a great day...


  1. I like the way your family makes a conscious effort to spend time together. Camping, meals, cherries and lots of conversation...what could be better? Love these pictures, especially of the precious little one.

  2. These kind of things take planning, but are so well worth it.Such a wonderful tradition! Looks like a good time was had by all. I like the first cherry photo. Beautiful.

  3. How great that you have a big family and that they enjoy each others company. That is a wonderful blessing.
    I LOVE cherries!!!

  4. My dream is to spend a day in a cherry orchard!! Great pics esp of your g'daughter.

  5. Judy you take such wonderful photos! Maelyn is certainly the center of attraction -- what a beautiful little girl.
    Your "cherry time" family reunion is a wonderful tradition!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you will make with all those luscious cherries :-)

  6. I love family stories. Our extended family is getting bigger every day. We get together several times a year. Young ones are growing into adulthood and have partners now, and they invite the partners families. All are welcome. Families are our heart and soul. I hope we don't stray too far from that sentiment.

  7. I so admire families that do this. . .our family has never done this degree of planning to make it happen. I think it is wonderful that the effort is made. . and you have been clearly rewarded for your tradition.

    Love the cheery cherry pictures.

  8. How nice to have gone camping with everyone. That's one of the highlights of our summers.
    UM....those cherries? Did you say you forgot them somewhere?
    I wonder why I'm tired.
    Maelyn is so adorable.

  9. Beautiful photo's especially the cherries. They look delicious.

    So glad a good time was had by all.

  10. Love the cherry pictures, especially in your header. And you little gal is absolutely adorable. What fun to go of on an adventure together creating those forever memories. Thanks for sharing.

  11. It looks as if you all had a wonderful time together. I agree with the other Judy...your family is the most "together" family I "know." It's way cool.

    Beautiful new header!!


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