Sunday, March 28, 2010
Annabel would not be deterred and ran around the yard picking up whole loquats and happily shoving them into her mouth, turning her back to us to hide her prize. (Incidentally, a loquat contains four large, hard, slippery seeds which are just the right size for a 1 year old to choke on, so I was a little concerned when I realized what she was up to.) My older daughter was having such a great time collecting oranges and watching her father's death-defying avocado collection techniques that we let Annabel run wild for a while. But watching my husband stand on his toes on top of a rickety chair wedged precariously into a raised garden bed while waving a fully extended fruit picker over my daughters' heads was eventually too much for me. We finally had to go inside to keep everyone safe and nobody was happy. But until that moment it was an idyllic morning. The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing, and our backyard was yielding it's bounty. Even the wild parrots came to enjoy the harvest with us. Sadly, wild parrots do not like being photographed when they're searching for food, and having a 3 year old clinging to my leg didn't help the photographic process, so there's no visual record of this amazing sight. You'll have to trust me. It was a great day.