Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blueberry + scallop picking - our way of celebrating new year

Summer is the blueberry picking season. There is this blueberry farm near ngatia, just about 1.5 hour drive south of Auckland. We were there with a bunch of friends on new year day. The sun was not forgiven at all. So hot that we almost turned into ikan masim (salted fish). Hahahaha. It was our first time seeing blueberry trees. We were eating (blueberries) non-stop (hey if it is inside your stomach, it is free!) while picking. It was more like a blueberry eating frenzy than picking. LOL. We picked about 750g and cost half the retail price. Fresh and cheap. Happy!

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After blueberries and lunch, we drove to Clark beach for scallop picking. I was quite looking forward to find out how this is done although I wasn’t sure if I want to immerge half of myself in the sea. As soon as we reach the beach, I was like….Oh~my~ god…… is this a joke? Then the urge of scallop picking gone right down to nil. The sea was actually about 2km away from the beach (extremely low tide?), where we were standing! Adding to the woe, the weather is sweltering hot. The heat was just too much to take. I would be all dried up and die before I even reach the sea. So, we decided to just take it easy by the beach and let AJ have fun stepping on patches of water.

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And here is the new year fireworks captured at a good friend’s house at midnight of 1/1/2011.

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Nothing spectacular comparing to other countries but the fun and most important part is having to celebrate it with good friends. We had a great time, laughing our way to new year!

7 comments:

kyh said...

I love blueberries! Nice that you can just pluck it fresh from the shrubs and taste it! :D

Great family outing... So envious! I wanna escape there! Hehehe~

Doreen said...

kyh:
Wait no more, make NZ your next destination! If you like taking photos and outdoor activities, you will not be disappointed!

emotionalistic said...

Erm....just curious, scallop picking means you get to eat them fresh like that? o_o

Doreen said...

emotionalistic:
Haha, you're so cute! No dear, scallop picking means you go into the sea and "catch" fresh scallops. :)

keeyit said...

blueberry has alot of anti-ageing stuffs... eat more looks young

oceanskies79 said...

This sounds like great fun! I like blueberries.

Doreen said...

keeyit:
Ah yes, that's very true. I should start eating it every single day.

oceanskies79:
Blueberries are such a yummy fruit. I haven't come across anyone who hates it.