Sunday, September 28, 2008

Apple Picking at Riley's Farm in Oak Glen


As I write this, I am eating a bowl of delicious raspberry ice cream. Well, actually, it isn't raspberry ice cream, it is vanilla ice cream with a bunch of the raspberries that we picked yesterday mixed into it. And it is wonderful.

Here is Torrey (and Alethia) picking the berries

And here is the result of our labors. The fields were quite well picked over this late in the year, so it took about two hours to get this many, and although we could have fit more in our baskets, the fading of daylight (and stiff backs) drove us to end our day in the fields and head for home.

But there I go getting ahead of myself. I've started with the end of the day. The main reason we headed for the hills yesterday was for the apples. We stopped in at Riley's Ranch, a quaint little place with staff running around in colonial outfits. They told us that the apples we were picking were Glen Seedlings (we did pick a few Golden Delicious too). Apparently the Glen Seedling is a variety of apple developed right there in Oak Glen, and it is supposed to be great for cooking. The pies have yet to be made, but the apples are ready and waiting. I don't know what varieties of apples are in these pictures.


Alethia thought she was a pirate, me thinks.

I suppose even pirates need naps.

I love berry picking. I mean, I really love berry picking. I think it may have something to do with all the hours I spent as a child up the fruit trees that were all over Yarina, but whatever the case may be, I was thrilled to find that there were wild blackberry bushes along the paths through apple orchard. Yum!

Riley's farm grows a number of edibles, like this sunflower.

They also grow strawberries and pears and cherries and corn and pumpkins and... well, that reminds me of something we saw at the farm. I hope this woman was joking, but I saw no indication that she wasn't seriously... horticulturally challenged. She was walking along when she called out to a friend "hey, I just found a pumpkin. It fell off the tree." And she picked up - a watermelon. I really hope she was joking.

So our day in the hills was great fun. It was so nice to get outside for most of a day after several months of being mostly home bound with Alethia. Here is a shot of the setting sun on the hillside behind the farm reflecting in a window.

And a parting shot: Fall is coming.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Catching Up a Bit


The past few weeks have been quite busy. We drove up to see Torrey's Grandma over the Labor Day weekend. Torrey's sister flew in from Buenos Aires to see us and meet Alethia, and Torrey's mom came down for a bit as well, and we spent several days with Brett and Steph as well. Since then I can't quite formulate what it is that has kept us moving at breakneck speed, but it sure seems like that has been the case. I did teach in Sunday School last weekend, which took a good chunk of time to prepare for. I had 45 minutes to go through the book of Jonah (and I had it easy - before my turn, Alan Hultberg had two weeks at 45 minutes each to teach through the entire book of Isaiah). Anyway, let me share some pictures from the past few weeks.

Torrey's Grandma, catching up on the news. I love this shot.
Reading Up on the News

This was from the drive up to Rossmoor
Wind Farm

Alethia looking like a natural phone conversationalist
Early Start

Ethan meets a lady(bug)


When the Moon Hits Your Eye

Playing in the pool
Coming Up for Air

More pool play
Into Daddy's Arms

The Cousins play together

Alethia loves the outdoors (no really, she does)
Tree Climber in the Making

This is just a tree outside our apartment that I used as an exercise in balancing ambient and strobe lighting. I like the way it turned out.
Bursting Into Life

Another fun one... Keep an eye on sugar in the toaster oven.

And a parting shot - Alethia loves the Alpaca teddy bear I gave Torrey when we were dating.
Teddy Bear

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ryan and Kenlynn Floyd Wedding


This has taken all too long, but here are a few pictures from the other wedding we went to a couple of weeks ago. On August 23rd we attended Ryan and Kenlynn Floyd's wedding. Let me clarify that statement. We attempted to attend their wedding, but we had complications getting out the door, so we missed the wedding and attended the reception. This time we were there simply as friends, and it was fun to see a number of people I knew in Peru but haven't seen for many years. Here are just a few pictures from the event.

First dance

Rick watches Ryan dance with his new wife

Mike Miller dances with his daughter Kaitlyn

Co-Best Man, Erik

After the first dance, things got a little more... upbeat


Ryan and Kenlynn, we wish you all the best. May God bless your marriage richly.