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Berry Goodness!

Summer time in BC is berry time and every year I plan to buy berries and make jam and every year I end up missing the boat. Well, not this year! This year we made a day of it and went to Westham Island in Ladner with some friends. We spent the morning at the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary where we fed the ducks and walked around the sanctuary on the dikes. About half way around the walkway there's a viewing tower that gives you an amazing view of the wetlands and on a clear day you can see the North Shore mountains. After the bird sanctuary, and once all our bird seed was gone, we drove back to Emma Lea Farms where we drank the best strawberry milkshake we've ever had and we bought strawberries (that taste like strawberries are supposed to taste like) and tayberries (a tasty cross between a raspberry and a blackberry). We even managed to entertain our 2 year old boys long enough to pick a small crate of raspberries! It was a wonderful day of sunshine, ducks, berries, tractors, wagons and strawberry milkshakes! And, the best part ... now we have jam! Lots of jam! I can't wait to go back for more raspberries ... and blueberries ... and the blackberries! Yum!

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Taken on July 5, 2009