poetry and prose about place

getting ready for fall – blueberries

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Another painting in my series! I could call the collection paintings to illustrate ‘within easy reach’ since each one was inspired by a poem in my book.


Blueberries are probably my favorite berry to pick. This could be because every summer, when my family visited Nova Scotia, we spent a week at my Grandfather’s blueberry farm. I picked blueberries with cousins, siblings and parents. I was never very good at the task but my idea of picking is one for the bucket, two for the mouth, so I guess you now know why I love picking blueberries!


This little painting was fun to do. I was inspired because I had just finished putting together freezer bags of blueberries from a big box we bought at McKay’s Wild Blueberry Farm Stand in Pennfield, New Brunswick (


The painting is 10″ X 10″, gallery edges, acrylics, painted with Ultramarine blue, Cadmium yellow, Cadmium red, Burnt sienna and Titanium white.



August 20, 2016 ‘pick faster’ Jane Tims


And, to accompany the painting, another sampling from the poems in my book ‘within easy reach’. My book of poems and drawings is available from my publisher



pick faster

for Dad


blue ripens as morning, deft fingers

noisy pails, hail on metal gutters

this bush spent, unsatisfactory

berries over there fatter



I am certain I see, beside mine

my father’s hands, callused

and quick


berries roll between

thumb and fingers

I try to meet

his expectation


pick faster




within easy reach, Chapel Street Editions, 2016

Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

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  1. My friend has a couple of blueberry bushes in her back yard. I’ve enjoyed picking (and eating) them with her in the morning. It’s amazing how many berries are on each bush. Your grandfather must have had quite a blueberry farm to keep so many pickers busy for a whole week! I love your poem and sweet painting…

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    Barbara Rodgers

    September 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    • Hi Barbara. It was a family farm, so gave cousins spending money. I think lickers were engaged in late summer, earning by the box they picked. Blueberries for acres and acres. I remember the adults discussing the new ‘blueberry rake’ and how controversial it was!


      jane tims

      September 5, 2016 at 9:38 am

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