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Picking wild blueberries

There is nothing wrong with cultivated blueberries, but nothing beats the taste and color of blueberries picked wild in the bush. Living in colder climates has some benefits; we get to pick wild blueberries.

I still remember the days my parents took me blueberry picking as a child. Now I have come full circle and bring my children to Norway to the same low bush blueberries that I picked as a child. Just the other day on our vacation I was inspecting my 11-month-old daughter’s shirts as I half cringed, half celebrated the blueberry stains she made as she sat in the bush and picked berries and greedily stuffed them in her mouth.

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Wildflowers : flower art

One of my first nature discoveries as a child was picking wildflowers. I played with them and brought them proudly to my parents. I was lucky to have parents and grandparents who taught me the names of the flowers and some of the myths that surrounded them. For me picking wildflowers is in many ways a symbol of a childhood in nature.

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Picking berries and making pie from the garden

A little greeting from my parent’s backyard in Norway. Since we have arrived, our days have been full of hikes in the forest or adventures by the sea. Yesterday, was a “stay close to home” day as we relaxed in my parent’s backyard.

 

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Summer in outdoor playgroups

Archive outdoor playgroups

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Make forts this summer

One of my favorite summer memories happened in my backyard in rural Norway. We had a huge clothesline, when my "mamma" did not hang the laundry, it would become the favorite hangout place for the neighborhood kids. We would hang sheets from the clothesline and create wonderful tents perfect for dress up and tea parties.

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How to make a butterfly house

How to make a butterfly house

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