Blackberry season has started. This year, since I have been travelling mostly by bicycle, I have been able to see the progression of the flowering and maturing of this wild berry. I am happy it is growing everywhere we commute and we can stop often for a little snack. I won't have to stake out secret hot spots since there are just so many on our every adventure. If you are looking for good ones, I suggest you bring a wire coat hanger to extend your reach. The Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails have blackberries peppered all over them.
JahJ learning the rules of the road. When we take the quiet streets to the park, he insists on riding in the street next to me. He knows his limitations, and asks me to go first to stop traffic when the hill is too steep for his liking. For the other hills, he is learning to use his coaster brakes. He can jump unto a lawn to avoid getting hit by a car (he's still a bit dramatic!) and he is learning to use his arms to signal turns. He is persistent - trying to pedal as much as I do. His biking range is 7 kilometers, which can take anywhere from 30 to 55 minutes.
Summer days like this. The sun, the clouds, the warm breeze. Happy children playing in the park. Giggling parents chasing each other. Friendly strangers conversing together. These summer days are the best!
|photo by Ashley the Islander|