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Today I didn't have to go to work, so I picked red currants. My bushes are full, bowed down.

branch bowed down
branch bowed down

underneath
red currants

And the berries glow.
glowing

There was life everywhere all around while I was picking--tiny life, little spiders, a daddy longlegs, tiny caterpillars, mother mosquitoes hoping I had a meal for them, and also bigger life, orioles singing up high in trees, invisible, and robins and bluejays, and next door, the neighbors' grandkids, splashing in a pool, and under my feet and knees as I alternately squat and kneel, there's soft green moss, and it's so gloriously, softly hot--heat woven on moisture and full of scents--the grass, the flowers, the dirt, my shampoo, my deodorant, a whiff of the laundry detergent--the humid heat holds these scents. (It's the time of year that edible chestnuts are in bloom--oh the scent of those as you pass them). I never, ever feel more alive or happy than on a summer day like this, life pressing against me. Each moment is bliss.

... Here is the same branch, no longer bowed down.

branch lighter

And here are the pickings from just this one bush:

Two bowls

This will become red currant jelly. The berries on the two other bushes may be just for eating out of hand and for things like fruit in scones. We'll see.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/914805.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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sartorias
Jul. 4th, 2019 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'd love to smell chestnut trees in this season!

pinkroo
Jul. 4th, 2019 11:04 pm (UTC)
beautiful! And it reminds me, I need to go pick my raspberries.
pigshitpoet
Jul. 5th, 2019 02:56 am (UTC)
nice
it's still winter here. been cold and gray a lot and rainy sometimes
junuary is over, now it's juluary
asakiyume
Jul. 5th, 2019 11:39 am (UTC)
I guess as we get colder you'll get warmer. What a huge planet we live on!
pigshitpoet
Jul. 10th, 2019 07:04 am (UTC)
big planet
i can't imagine, i think there are people who have walked the globe before, they should know how big..
love to be here on this blue planet
yamamanama
Jul. 5th, 2019 04:16 am (UTC)
Those redcurrants look pretty tasty. I'm sure Dova agrees with me.
asakiyume
Jul. 5th, 2019 11:40 am (UTC)
They are tasty! I need to come visit your journal to find out who Dova is.
yamamanama
Jul. 5th, 2019 12:35 pm (UTC)
She's a raven who can't be released back into the wild because of her wing.
puddleshark
Jul. 5th, 2019 06:07 am (UTC)
Beautiful jewel-like redcurrants!

And a lovely post. So evocative.

Thank you!
asakiyume
Jul. 5th, 2019 11:40 am (UTC)
My pleasure (I love summer)!
awayslow
Jul. 5th, 2019 06:43 pm (UTC)
so so lovely.
asakiyume
Jul. 5th, 2019 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you ♥

anthony_lion
Jul. 11th, 2019 08:11 am (UTC)
Are you picking the berries one by one?
I always pick the entire cluster, then when I clean them I just drag the long stems through a fork to separate the berries.

I recently found a jar of redcurrant jam I made in 2009... Still delicious!
(I need to tidy up in that cupboard... )
asakiyume
Jul. 11th, 2019 10:18 am (UTC)
Ooh, that fork idea is a great one!

I was sort of using my fingers as a fork as I picked, sort of raking the berries off the cluster as I pulled. You can't tell from the photo, but I did get a fair number of stems, though.

I wonder if I'll remember your fork idea for next year...
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