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Strawberry Picking

Strawberry that has yet to be plucked

Strawberry that has yet to be plucked

One of the activities which I always wanted to try as a kid is picking strawberries from a strawberry farm. Doggie boy and Tiger girl love eating strawberries.  They loves all forms of strawberry from the actual fruit to its jam and ice-cream.

The kids getting ready to pluck their strawberries

The kids getting ready to pluck their strawberries

All of us were really thrilled when the opportunity was presented to us  personally experience plucking strawberries.  There are many such farms in Taiwan and I requested that the we visit one.

Tiger girl deciding on where to pluck the strawberries from

Tiger girl deciding on where to pluck the strawberries from

Getting ready to pick with her basket

Getting ready to pick with her basket

We randomly stopped by a strawberry farm to pluck strawberries. What we learned from the farmers that we need to use scissors to cut off the strawberries with the stem intact. This  prevents the plant from bruising  and keeps it in prime condition.

The strawberry plant

The strawberry plant

It was extremely hot that day so we didn’t spend  much time picking strawberries.  Even though there wasn’t really a limit on  the amount of strawberries we could pluck  I gave the kids a quota.

bees on the flowers

bees on the flowers

While selecting the strawberries to pluck I came across quite a few bees buzzing around the flowers. I manage to capture this shot of a bee who rested for a few seconds on a flower.

Have you been strawberry picking before?
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Oilve Tree Accomodation at Nanzhuang, Miaoli County

Olive Tree Accomodation

Olive Tree Accommodation

Olive Tree, an inn we stayed in Miaoli has to be one of the best decorated accommodation I’ve seen.

Side view of the inn

Side view of the inn

It has a pleasant homely feel to the place. Every part of the place was beautifully decorated.

A cute looking cat

A cute looking cat

I saw many cat related artifacts at the inn.  In fact they could be see almost at every corner of the eating hall/ reception.

Tiger girl and me

Tiger girl and me

Inside the coffee shop

Inside the coffee shop

Alfresco Dining area

Alfresco Dining area

Decorations on the table outside

Decorations on the table outside

We only stayed at Olive Tree for a night and arrived there extremely late at night so was not really able to explore the surroundings.  It was raining heavily through the night making it one of the coldest night the kids and I experienced in Taiwan.

One of the family rooms that we booked

One of the family rooms that we booked- they had two queen size beds.

The sitting area of the room

The sitting area of the room

The other family room

The other family room

We booked 2 family rooms and had the whole 2nd floor of the inn to ourselves. It was a rather small place as there were only 3 floors of guest rooms in the inn.

The spiral staircase that led to the guestrooms

The spiral staircase that led to the guestrooms

It was certainly a challenge to get to our accommodation that night as  we had to climb the spiral staircase with all the heavy luggage.

The view from the window the next morning

The view from the window the next morning

It was extremely foggy the next morning as it had been raining the whole night.   A lovely sight awaited us when we started out day. It was the first time for the kids to be so near the mountaintop.  It was certainly refreshing waking up to so much greenery around.

The small alley leading to the breakfast area

The small alley leading to the breakfast area

As the main path was extremely wet and slippery we  took the side path down the steps.

the kids examining the coins that they had

the kids examining the coins that they had

The table decorations

The table decorations

The yummy breakfast we had

The yummy breakfast we had

The kids happily tucking into their breakfast

The kids happily tucking into their breakfast

The breakfast portion served was really huge and the kids and I had trouble finishing our meal.

Waiting for our pick up at the entrance

Waiting for our pick up at the entrance

This is certainly a place we would consider staying again if we visit Miaoli.

 

Olive Tree (橄欖樹戶外咖啡民宿) in Nanzhuang, Miaoli County

苗栗縣南庄鄉蓬萊村42份7-6號

 

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