Sent DD out to pick strawberries since the catbirds and robins have been raucously eye'ing the first group of red ripening berries for the past couple of days and I was only able to cover one section of the berry patch. Plus the rainy day has brought out the slugs and snails, and they're sure to be making off with the best ones, given half the chance.
I said, "You're going to need a bowl."
She said, "I'll just hold them in my hand."
I called out the window, "How're you doing?"
She said, "I need a bowl!"
...Anyway, she happily came back with a soup bowl full of strawberries.
I also went out to check on the front yard wild strawberry patch, and the vetch had tripled in size over the last couple of days and were starting to blossom. I ripped out the vetch vines and piled them up around the patch. the roots will break down and release the N from their nodules, and the vines will be used to mulch around the plants once they are wilted/dried.
In the process, I rescued the knee-high dwarf patio nectarine tree from the vetch trying to engulf it, and discovered it was loaded with little green baby nectarines!
Apple trees and one peach tree are also loaded as is the mulberry tree.
...and I,ll need to construct the bird excluding cage for the blueberry bushes.