these gorgeous dark sweet cherries (from the hood river cherry company in oregon) were unlike anything i've ever tasted in the u.s. before. so sweet, so large, so juicy. and we marvelled that the ratio of good cherries to bad was like 99 to 1. normally it is more like 60 to 40. they were giant, delicious, perfect specimens. i went back to the grocery store a few days later, alas they were all gone. all the more wonderful that they were so briefly available.
lots of pictures from belgium and france to post. got the kids off to school today: first day of middle school for one, first day of preseason two-a-day practices for another. the house seems very quiet, but in a serious, purposeful way, like we are back in the thick of it.