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Strawberry stories

June 9, 2005

I took home some of those organic strawberries from Brabant last Sunday and by Monday morning I had turned eating strawberries into a yoga breathing practice. Inhale; pop a strumberry in your mouth and squish it against the roof of your mouth with your tongue, wait. Exhale; get high off the strawberry flavour. I got so good at doing this that I could eat one strawberry per breath!

The berries were sitting in a bowl on the counter and I was wandering around the house when all of a sudden I heard a huge BANG coming from the kitchen. (You can see the mark on the window in the image above.) Apparently a bird spied the strawberries and thought, ‘mmmmmmmmmmmm breakfast’, and smashed headlong into the window! Ouchy!

Normally I don’t even like strawberries. They’re like tomatoes in that they usually don’t taste good unless you grow them yourself, but these strawberries were amazingly aromatic and tastey. Peter, from Artis said that when he went to pick up the two crates at the farmers’ market last Sunday, the farmer insisted upon carrying the crates home for him. And so they went, side by side, the farmer proudly displaying the crates of jewel-like strawberries all the way home.

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  1. i don’t understand how the image of the bird is on the window. did you add that for effect?

    always scares me when that happens. i think it’s because my grandmother told me once that if a white bird flies into your window, somebody you know will die soon. what kind of grandmother tells that to a young, impressionable kid?! acutally, she’s a wonderful grandmother. that old wive’s tale seems to have stuck with me though and i cringe after a bird hits a window, especially if the bird is white.

    Comment by md_mec — June 18, 2005 @ 21:42

  2. Have you ever tasted wild strawberries? They are very delicous. You can find them walking trough a forest.

    Comment by Isil — January 25, 2006 @ 0:25

  3. No, THAT IS THE MARK THAT THE BIRD left upon the window! That’s BIRD DUST!

    Comment by debra — February 20, 2008 @ 16:43

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