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Old Jul 13, 2009, 5:00 PM   #11
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I can remember going out to the bluffs to find blackberries under trees (we called them shadeberries) where they were almost sinfully sweet and juicy.

Stained fingers and lips and maybe clothing too. It was a different world when kids could just wander the countryside and no one worried.

Of course, we usually had two or three dogs with us. Strangers would have been well advised to keep their distance.
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Old Jul 13, 2009, 5:11 PM   #12
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Fantastic reminders for me, Torgny, of many such scenes from the past 25 years of my children! If your berries are on the bushes, the whinberries/wimberries/bilberries on our hill a few hundred metres away must be profuse, and I must go and look. I remember seeing Norwegians cheating by using specialised scoops to clear whole areas of berries in minutes. I hope they left some for the birds.

Please may we see some more, preferably including the characteristic portraits from such modelling sessions, illustrating the bright purple semi-permanent make-up accidentally applied to lips, and all over the face and arms as well. More salacious images for other forums would illustrate the severe and permanent staining also to be found on any light coloured underclothing after such a photo-shoot/hunter-gatherer family outing.

Images might prove suitable for the current 'Biweekly Shoot-out' forum challenge of "Red, White, and Blue".

If you'll excuse this intrusion, here is an assortment of family members in our Lake District three weeks ago. Someone had spotted wild strawberries.

Alan,

Hope you found some berries. Must defend the more professional berry pickers when they "cheat" over here (Very friendly tone) There are millions of tons wasted in the vast forests and there is more than enough for the birds

I was driving my ethanol vehicle along a very much "country" (note the use as an adjective - often do things like that) road when I saw the little girl and her father. I just jumped out of the car and asked if I could take some pictures

Eyecatching scenery. Seven pictures in the less than ideal light. Didn't have much time to set up the camera properly

Tried to find the right use of the word "salacious" in this context. Yes, children can be exploited in many ways, advertising, films and so on. It shows disrespect, I agree

That berry picking picture is really great. They are all unaware of being photographed. To me the picture is "religious" in some meaning of the word.

The Berry God theologians would agree on that. Was it on a sunday during sermon time

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Torgny

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Old Jul 13, 2009, 6:01 PM   #13
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I can remember going out to the bluffs to find blackberries under trees (we called them shadeberries) where they were almost sinfully sweet and juicy.

Stained fingers and lips and maybe clothing too. It was a different world when kids could just wander the countryside and no one worried.

Of course, we usually had two or three dogs with us. Strangers would have been well advised to keep their distance.

The Barbarian,

So you mean that in just a few decades "things have changed" (Bob Dylan) Could you elaborate a little on that? Over here there still is at least some innocence (although or perhaps just because it is an almost completely secularised society)

What are they frightened for these days; terrorists, perverts hiding in the Bush-es or what. What has happened to the US after Eisenhower

Sancta simplicitas

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