Yep, a HUGE longing for these wonderful berries of summer led us to a farm
we had visited a couple times before...
A farm where they have 5 varieties of strawberries, 3 varieties of raspberries
and, if we are lucky enough to get there again this summer,
they will have marionberries and boysenberries
(actually. come to think of it, they should be ripe just about now--yum)!
AND, of course, since we were already going that way,
I just HAD to check out some of the historical places in the area near the farm.
A shady path in the historical, waterfront town of Butteville led us down to a river where we found the remains of what used to be a riverboat landing
in days gone by... and then, because we were hungry,
we stopped at the nearby historic Butteville store and had a
FANTASTIC lunch there!
We also had a nice talk with the staff there and
learned there was a pioneer cemetery close by!
BTW--the store is considered part of another nearby historical area--
Champoeg State Park and the two are connected by a nice trail which I have walked before!
Since we had berries to keep COOL and HAPPY,
we chose to drive:)
A photo of the covered porch-- doesn't this just say 'peace'
and 'old times' to you?
I SO wish I had listened to my DH years ago and put a roof on our deck
It is something I really regret!
Anyway back to the trip...
we passed this pretty view somewhere in the countryside near the farm
(but please don't ask for directions; a friend who knew the area was driving
and if I tried to describe our route I would only get you lost)!
St Paul's Roman Catholic church in a nearby historic town.
Once, a very, very long time ago I got to go inside of this church
and another historical one in Mt Angel! The interiors of both were incredibly beautiful!
BTW, I LOVE to go inside old churches-
I find that whether they are large or small, fancy or plain,
urban or rural they're all filled with an atmosphere of peace!
I LIKE THAT!
Speaking of which--it won't be long now till I get to go see some of my fav churches
in one of my favorite areas--I AM SO excited:)
Can you tell??
Flowers of the field--I LOVE the yellow and white combination, don't you?
We painted our youngest son's old bedroom yellow and I LOVE it
(of course I will better be able to appreciate it when it stops being used as a storage unit)!
Last, but certainly not least, an amazing rose garden we passed
in the area.
It was a wonderful trip and the berries were beyond scrumptious too!
Now back to work I go...have a great day!
A BIG thank you to Koch Family Farm and the Butteville Historic Store for permission to photograph on their property and to post these photos here! TY:)
The rose photo was taken from the road alongside Heirloom Roses--we saw many, many gorgeous roses there! I will try to post more photos from there later (need to check with owners first to get their OK).
Koch Family Farm: 4745 Raybell Road NE, St Paul, OR (503)538-6834