Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Close a door, open a window

Three years. I've just devoted three years of my life to something amazing -- the rest of my life and the rest of the world. As of 9:00 this morning, I hold an MA in Children's Literature and an MS in Library and Information Science. I have to say, I never thought I'd have an MS! I briefly considered ornithology, but that is some serious science. I love birds, but I couldn't make them my life's work. There are too many beautiful words to read and ideas to share and people to help. Librarianship is the way for me. I can't wait to start.

What am I going to do with my first few days? Well, not homework, that's for sure! I have a lot of neglected housework to catch up on, but what I'm really looking forward to is making the pie I've been planning for the last month. My freezer is full of hand-picked berries. Berry season was amazing this year. Juneberries - I must have picks two gallons! The juneberry season lasted so long that I had to switch to calling them saskatoons when July rolled around. Then the mulberries - oh, the mulberries! They were so sweet. And a friend of mine invited me to pick all of her black raspberries. So, basically, this pie is going to be incredible.

Since I'm moving away from all these free berry bushes before the next picking season, I'm trying to share their locations with as many people as possible. I wouldn't mind leaving a berry legacy. Let me know if you want the skinny on free berry locations around Watertown, MA!


Anonymous said...

hello! i am just seeing this blog as I am searching for location for juneberries in watertown and boston. woul would mind sharing with me where you discovered trees? thanks so very much!

Leah Labrecque said...

Hi Stacey, thanks for asking about Juneberries! I sent this to you on Google Hangouts but I don't know if you'll get it, so I'll post it here too.

My favorite juneberry trees were along the bike path in Watertown. It is a very short path that runs behind the Target from School Street to Arlington Street. If you go into Target's back parking lot, there's an entrance to the bike path there, and two good trees, one on either side of the path's entrance near the bench and the bike rack. A blueberry bush too.
But the best trees are to the right, if that's where you enter the path. Go towards Arlington street, and there are 3-4 great juneberry trees on the left side of the path. There may be some on the right side too, but my memory is foggy on that.
If you are interested in beach plums, go left on the bike path instead and cross the little industrial park street to continue on the bike path. A little ahead on the left there are some beach plums. Just after the pine trees i think
There's a great mulberry tree behind the Commander's Mansion! And in that same park there is a pear tree in the area enclosed by the grape arbor