And first – let me just say – Happy St. Patrick’s Day my lovelies!
You gotta love a holiday that’s all about the party 🙂
This weekend we went to Ojai (pronounced OH – High) California for a hike around a citrus ranch in the valley!
We went to Friends Ranch, a family owned and operated citrus ranch with over 40 types of fruits – and all citrusy.
We started in the a.m. with a group of travelers as we walked down into the orchard.
The first up with Mericott tangerines.
Real sweet, with a hint of tartness. Really juicy.
For $12, you got to eat as much as you wanted and they gave you a bag if you wanted to pick more oranges to take home.
We then went to the Yukon Golds, I think. Bigger tangerines, with less sweetness, but still pretty yummy.
Then we got to what I came for: The Pixies.
Pixies are an Ojai specialty.
They’re smallish and a little more yellow than orange. They’re also seedless, juicy and so, so SO sweet.
We saw bigger Pixies, some grapefruits that tilted the trees they were on, some grafted tree trunks painted white, and some vanilla grapferuits that tasted … like vanilla!
Some Pixie trees were in bloom, they alternate years apparently. One year you have yummy fruit globes, other years, pretty white flowers.
Then there were the Palestinian Sweet Lemons. So yum.
But like no lemon I could think of.
The orchard itself was rich in inspiration – so beautiful and lush, even with the dusty mountain slopes around it.
It was all smiles for me.
And then there was an avocado tree!
Buddha’s Hand and Kumquats.
Beautiful, beautiful place.
Then we were off to Ojai – to look for a bookstore and to get some food that wasn’t just a lot of Vitamin C!
In comparison to the exploring that was Saturday, Sunday was low key.
Breakfast included a fruit salad topped with those Palestinian Sweet Lemons I mentioned.
And then we decided to broaden our balcony garden a little bit.
Ah, herbs and japalenos and flowers.
How was your weekend?