Saturday, August 21, 2010

Berry-picking at Anoya and Jonsvannet

Late summer in Norway is berry-picking time. The forests fill with blueberries, more than could possibly be harvested even if every Norwegian tried.

We've been on two berry-picking trips this week. First we went to Grønesen beach on Anoya lake, about a 30 minute drive south of Trondheim. It's a really lovely beach area. The kids went rafting and later dared swimming. The water was surprisingly warm for Norway, and by 'warm' I mean 'cold'. But it wasn't 'ohmygoditsfreezingouchouchouchithurts' kind of cold.

Berry picking in this area was a little sparse -- there were plenty of blueberry plants but they'd been pretty well picked over. We managed to get maybe a liter of berries, which was okay.

The next weekend we drove out to Jonsvannet, a big lake just 10 or 15 minutes away. Here we drove and drove looking for berries, finally pulling off the road in the woods and heading downhill towards a clearing. We were rewarded with lots and lots of berries! Mmmmm... tonight, we shall have pie.

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