My Weekend – March 17, 2014

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!

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We went to Friends Ranch, a family owned and operated citrus ranch with over 40 types of fruits – and all citrusy.

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We started in the a.m. with a group of travelers as we walked down into the orchard.

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The first up with Mericott tangerines.

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Real sweet, with a hint of tartness. Really juicy.

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Yummy.

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.

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We then went to the Yukon Golds, I think. Bigger tangerines, with less sweetness, but still pretty yummy.

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Then we got to what I came for: The Pixies.

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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.

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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!

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Some Pixie trees were in bloom, they alternate years apparently. One year you have yummy fruit globes, other years, pretty white flowers.

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Then there were the Palestinian Sweet Lemons. So yum.

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But like no lemon I could think of.

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The orchard itself was rich in inspiration – so beautiful and lush, even with the dusty mountain slopes around it.

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It was all smiles for me.

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And then there was an avocado tree!

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Buddha’s Hand and Kumquats.

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Beautiful, beautiful place.

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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!

Baja Fish Tacos. Spicy. Yummy. At the Ojai Brewing Company.

Baja Fish Tacos. Spicy. Yummy. At the Ojai Brewing Company.

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Outside, hence the sign previous.

Outside, hence the sign previous.

Inside.

Inside.

In comparison to the exploring that was Saturday, Sunday was low key.

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Breakfast included a fruit salad topped with those Palestinian Sweet Lemons I mentioned.

So yum.

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And then we decided to broaden our balcony garden a little bit.

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Ah, herbs and japalenos and flowers.

How was your weekend?

AmmyB

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