When I see and smell these luscious fruits of summer my mind automatically goes to homemade strawberry ice cream and blackberry cobbler. Some of my best summer memories are from the family reunions on the Fourth of July at my aunt and uncle's home!
They had an old, wooden, hand crank ice cream maker. I can remember my cousins and I turning the crank anxiously waiting for the ice cream to make. Then the rapture of eating that first bite!! Summer is just not complete with out homemade ice cream! I think I'll make some when my grandsons come to visit next month! My ice cream maker is electric and sometimes I really miss the feel of turning that crank!
Blackberries bring more childhood memories! While we were at my aunt's and uncle's home my grandfather would take us for a bumpy ride through the pastures in a wagon pulled behind a tractor. He'd pull us up right beside the blackberry bushes. We'd reach out, pick berries, and eat them straight off the vine! Then, we'd collect some and take home with us. Later we'd be treated with the most delicious blackberry cobbler!
That's me sitting on the tractor. And, no we weren't allowed to drive the tractor, but we could pose for Uncle Harry! In the trailer is my sister and our cousin is in front of her. Don't you just love our straw hats!! We look just like farm girls!!
Years later, our children rode in the wagon. The beautiful girl waving at her momma is my daughter and the precious baby sleeping on my SIL's shoulder is my son. Sitting beside her making sure she's taking care of his son, is my husband. Special moments captured of special family traditions!
Linking with Lisa's chaos and her Macro Monday.