Strawberrying in Shanghai

For the monthly activity, our Relief Society decided to go berry picking. Over twenty tents with strawberry fields running as far as children could frolic.
It was a sweet adventure. Pinky Stinky kept busy.

The owners supplied woven baskets. All I needed was a large bonnet. Who knew one could feel so exquisitely English, living in Shanghai? I confess, the entire time I was picking, I couldn’t stop thinking of Jane Austen’s Emma with Mrs. Elton’s ridiculous prattle of her penchant for strawberries.
Even the less ripe fruit was surprisingly sweet and flavorful.
Weighed and paid for, by the kilogram.
There were over twenty adults in our group and the attendants boxed all of our fruit. It took quite a long time, but the presentation was beautiful.
I leave you with Jane Austen’s Emma:
“…and Mrs. Elton, in all her apparatus of happiness, her large bonnet and her basket, was very ready to lead the way in gathering, accepting, or talking–strawberries, and only strawberries, could now be thought or spoken of.–’The best fruit in England– every body’s favourite–always wholesome.–These the finest beds and finest sorts.–Delightful to gather for one’s self–the only way of really enjoying them’…”

I hate to say it, but Mrs. Elton was actually right.

10 thoughts on “Strawberrying in Shanghai

  1. Oh my goodness, that looked like such a fun activity. I love strawberries and my kids would love picking them like that. Hmmmm, now where do I find a strawberry field in Utah? So will you be making homemade jam?

    • Thanks, Audrey. The berries are shockingly good. (Since most things in China have seemed only mediocre at best, thus far.)

  2. I saw the first picture–before any of your comments and I thought of Emma–and how I wish I was there and how I wish we both had on large hats and could take a stroll around the best strawberries in the region.

    Thank you for thinking the same thing–half the world away. Distance can never severe a friendship like ours.

    Love you!

    • I knew you would appreciate the adventure. I thought of you and how we would have giggled like school girls, walking arm-in-arm, discussing Jane Austen.

  3. This reminds me of the fun the girls had at our home picking strawberries. Even though they weren’t very big they tasted sweet and the girls had so much fun picking them. We had strawberry shortcake this week and it was delicious. Those strawberries look so yummy and beautiful the way they layered them in the box for you. Have fun making freezer jam with the YW. I think I may attempt to do this with my Activity Day Girls!

    • Friends hauled pectin from the U.S. back to China and the freezer jam was a hit. Now I’ll know what to carry back from the States.

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