Chapter 34: Cheese and berries!
So the highlight of our week was by far the weekend! We grabbed some McDonalds and met up with a big group of friends on Saturday morning, to go berry picking at a nearby farm! Honestly I had no idea what the itinerary was, or what we had really signed up for. We did so much! There were between 15-20 of us I think, so we all piled into cars and drove off an hour out of Montreal to the most picturesque farm you could ever see. It has been pretty rainy here this season, so the ground was saturated and super muddy. We rode this super old rusty cart thingy, like a hay bale ride but instead of bales, you're sitting on slightly rotten wooden benches. I was a bit worried we would break one since there were so many of us piled back there. Steven was sitting on my lap and that man has some sharp bones!
I LOVE BERRY PICKING. I go hard. I get inside the bushes, and find all the hide-y holes where most people don't think to go, so I ended up finding a lot of good stuff. We all had a blast and laughed so much while we ate. I mean picked. haha weird...
While we were nearing the end of our picking, the daughter of one of our friend's decided she and I were new bestfriends. She is so sweet, and took my hand to go find more berries for her little bucket. I am not entirely sure why we became friends, but I love it! Who knows with kids right?
We took the tractor ride back from the field, and the bench I and two others were sitting on actually did break!!! It was so bad! The wood was rotted through, and the metal supports had rusted through, so really it was a matter of time. We felt awful though, because no one likes to be sitting on something while it breaks... dang..
After we bought the berries we picked (blueberries and raspberries) and we bought some strawberries because I could NOT resist. It was the first day they were being sold since it has been so rainy! They're really late this year, but let me tell you, the taste is well worth that wait!!! All the berries were incredible.
The couple who had the idea for this day trip treated us all to something called "Pet de Soeurs" Which is a classic French Canadian pastry. The name translates to "Nun's farts" what??? Yeup. Like Catholic nuns. farts. What the heck French Canadians! You constantly surprise and delight us. The pastry is like if you wanted to make cinnamon rolls, but had pie crust instead of bread. Which tastes as wonderful as you're thinking it will! They are sticky and flakey and sooooo delicious. It has been confirmed, nuns officially have the best farts (not that I ever doubted this of course) Thanks to Heidi!
After berries we visited Fort Lennox. Parks are free right now for Canada 150, which was great! It was pretty cool, an old British army posting from 1812ish. We went up into the barracks and saw the officer's apartments, and stuff. My favourite part was the inspection, where an actor dressed as an officer came out and inspected the kids as new recruits. Then he demonstrated the firing of a riffle a few times, and actually fired it with blackpowder and stuff! The flames that shot out are so cool.
Steven and a couple other people did the challenges around the park (spot two american soldiers hiding in the far tree line, load a cannon etc. ) and won a Shilling! He tricked Magnus by pretending to pull it out of his ear. To be honest, Magnus is too smart for that trick, but then his dad joined in and Magnus totally believed after that. It was kind of hilarious. Steven would put the coin back "in" and later pass the coin to Magnus' dad Mike. Mike would later pull the coin out of Magnus ear and blow his mind haha. He was like "how did you do this?? how did you make it stay there??" trying to put the coin back inside his ear hahah... classic
We visited an awesome cheese shop, and bought way too much cheese after we left Fort Lennox. We took our fruits, and cheese and bought baguettes and meat and made a picnic of it out by the river. It was truely lovely. Afterwards, we all felt the need to visit an icecream shop back in Montreal. We drove home (Devin stayed awake like a champ!) Our car was all pretty sleepy and fighting it bravely with different degrees of success.
The icecream was incredible. I got rasberry icecream DIPPED IN ORANGE CHOCOLATE. It is my new favorite flavor combination. Good thing that shop is super far from our house haha.
We went home shortly after this and practised a musical number we had been asked to preform at church. Its a french hymn called "Souviens-toi" and its really quite lovely. We have attached a recording for you if you wanna hear our nervous voices haha. Anyways it was a great weekend!! We had another picnic just with me, Steven, Amber, Devin and Pam today. It was the perfect temperature, and we just ate and then all lounged around under the trees talking and laughing. At one point point Pam said "Right now, there is literally no where I would rather be" and I think it was exactly what I was thinking. I will definetly cherish this weekend, it was one to remember for sure.