Blackberry Picking At BD Berries Farm

The boys and I recently enjoyed a blackberry picking excursion at BD Berries U-Pick Blackberry Farm in Patterson, GA.

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The boys carefully choosing their blackberries!

Located in South Georgia, it is convenient to the North Florida and South Georgia areas, whether you are local to the area, passing through, or vacationing nearby.

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I remember picking wild blackberries as a child, eating them right off the vine.  Since none grow around our house the boys have not had this pleasure.

June is their blackberry picking season, and we were fortunate enough to learn about them in time to visit on one of the last picking days of the season (thankfully, not missing it!).  It was our first time berry / fruit picking and we really enjoyed it.

BD Berries offers three varieties of blackberries: Osage, Natchez, and Oachita.  The boys and I carefully tasted each one.  Oachita reminded Banan of the blackberries we bought at the grocery store; Natchez was the least sweet; and Osage tasted the sweetest and was therefore our choice.  Tastes vary, of course!  If you go, be sure to taste each one yourself to find your personal favorite.

We only gathered about 2 pounds since it was just before our vacation and we had to eat or take with us all that we picked.

Next season, I may look into more advantageous uses and recipes!

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BD Berries Blackberry Farm is very reasonable at $3 per pound u-pick or $20 for a pre-picked 4.5 pound flat.

Like the BD Berries Facebook page for updates on blackberry picking season and treat yourself to some family fun and yummy delights!

Disney’s The BFG {Big Friendly Giant} Comes To Theaters July 1 (Plus The Gobblefunk Glossary!)

Thank you to our sponsor, Walt Disney Pictures, for providing our family a first-look at Disney’s The BFG at the preview last night.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Disney's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) Movie In Theatres July 1

3-D glasses on and popcorn in hand, we settled in to see what the two-hour Disney’s The BFG would bring us.

For a little bit in the beginning, the boys were unsure, especially our 5 year old.  It was a little intense, from their perspective.

To balance the danger and intensity, there was also a good bit of humor in the film.  The BFG himself had a hard time with words and had his own, somewhat comical, way of saying things. (Roald Dahl actually created a language called Gobblefunk – see the Gobblefunk Glossary below!)

The Frobscottle drink, where the fizzy bubbles floated down instead of up, and the results of such, whizzpoppers, was clearly one of the boys’ favorite parts! :O  Especially after the Corgis had some! :O :O

By the middle of the film, my youngest kept saying it was the funniest movie he ever saw!  LOL!  He has seen more-intentional kid comedies, but I was glad to see him able to enjoy the silly amongst the drama.

I thought the movie was very well-done and truly brought Roald Dahl’s story to life.  Although I may have, I do not remember reading The BFG as a child, so I was hearing  seeing this story for the first time… and I loved it!!

I liked that they didn’t modernize it.  If you pay attention, you will catch a question that could only be from the 80’s: when the Queen was on the phone and asked, “Nancy, is Ronnie there?”

All in all, it was a great family film, but there is intensity and a little darkness (the bad giants have pretty brutal attitudes), so may not be for the youngest of the kidlets.  I would still absolutely recommend checking it out when it comes out this weekend.

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From Disney:

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part.

Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.

Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions.

The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome.

Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.”

Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

The BFG Gobblefunk Glossary

Gobblefunk is the language create by Roald Dahl to give The BFG his unique voice.

It is comprised of silly words that are similar to words found in the English language and are used when ordinary words just won’t do.

Cannybully – Cannibal

Chatbags – Chatterbox

Chidlers – Children

Crickety Crackety – Sound of cracking bones

Delumptious – Delicious

Despunge – Deplore

Earbursting – Loud

Figglers – Fingers

Frobscottle – Carbonated soft drink where bubbles float downwards rather than upwards

Frumpkin Fry – Pumpkin Pie

Giggler – Little girls

Glummy – Yummy

Glumptious – Scrumptious

Golden Phizzwizard – A wonderful dream

Hippodumplings – Hippopotamus

Hipswitch – Hence / Straightaway

Human Beans – Human Beings

Humbug – Humble

Humplehammers – Something that is very big

Jabbeling – Babbling

Jiggyraffes – Giraffes

Majester – Majesty

Murderful – Murderous

Phizzwizards – Happy dreams

Rummytot – Nonsense

Rumpledumpus – Rumpus

Scrumdiddlyumptious – Scrumptious

Scuddling – Scurrying

Skumping – Worried

Sloshfunking – Like Godforsaken

Snozzcumber – A gruesome vegetable only found in Giant Country

Splitzwigged – Caught

Swalloped – Swallowed

Swigpill – Swill

Swizzfiggling – Deceiving

Telly-telly Bunkum Box – Television

Trogglehumper – A horrible nightmare

Whiffling – Going off to somewhere

Whizzpopper – Fart

Whopsey – Adjective similar to little or trifling

Get a printable copy of The BFG’s Gobblefunk Glossary.

Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982.
The BFG opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.

Finding Dory Delivers With Laughs, Tears, and Great New Characters

The long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, the adventure of everyone’s favorite clownfish, is here.  Or at least it will be tomorrow, in theatres nationwide.  Sequels are always an iffy thing, and many times sequels to animated films just go straight to DVD / Blu-Ray release.

Finding Dory is everything a sequel should be – tying into the previous story, but adding a new adventure and new, equally as lovable, characters.

Without giving anything away – you really need to go see this one! – I just love the emphasis that shells play.  As a parent, there was a certain scene (the photo isn’t available for distribution yet due to it being a spoiler), with the shells that really tugged at the heart strings.

Disney Finding Dory Meet The Characters

Little Dory

Little “Little Blue” is probably my favorite new character in Finding Dory. She is just the cutest!  The movie opens with Dory as a child and throughout the movie there are small flashbacks.

Charlie and Jenny, Dory’s Parents

Disney Finding Dory CHARLIE and JENNY Dorys Parents

Through Dory’s flashbacks, we learn about her parents and her relationship with them as a child (and her early days having short term “remembery” loss. As in Finding Nemo, it is emphasized just how much a parent will go through for their child.

FUN FACT: Royal Blue Tangs can change color to a darker blue to warn others of danger.

Becky the Common Loon

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Next to Little Dory, Becky is probably my favorite new character.  She’s a hoot!  She and Marlin develop a special bond, as the swimmers call on the flyers for a little help once again.

FUN FACT: Loons can dive more than 200 feet (61 meters) below the surface of the ocean in search of food.

Hank the Octopus

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Dory’s new friend is a seven-legged octopus (she calls him a septopus), Hank.  He’s had a rough go at life and longs for complete solitude.  He helps Dory in her journey, somewhat begrudgingly, and their friendship begins to take form.

FUN FACT: An octopus’ suckers have chemoreceptors that allow them to taste items before they reach their mouths.

Destiny the Whale Shark

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Destiny is a childhood friend of Dory’s.  They are reunited during Dory’s adventures and we get a little back story of Dory’s ability to speak whale.  Destiny has vision troubles and always seems to be bumping into things. This doesn’t stop her from helping when she is most needed, though.

FUN FACT: Whale sharks have small tooth-like scales called dermal denticles all over their bodies that help them swim faster and more efficiently.

Bailey the Beluga Whale

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Baily and Destiny are friends, with Destiny always trying to convince Bailey he has healed more than he wants to admit.  Bailey tries to help Destiny learn her environment, so she doesn’t bump into things so frequently.

FUN FACT: Belugas are nick-named “sea-canaries” because of the frequent bird-like vocalizations they make.

Fluke and Rudder the Sea Lions

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Fluke and Rudder have a bit of the comedian in them!  They’re not crazy about interlopers trying to get on their rock, however! Off! Off! OFF!!  Lounging seems to be their favorite activity, but they know just what to do when Marlin and Nemo need a little help finding Dory.

FUN FACT: Sea lions cannot pant or sweat, so they often rely on the cold ocean water to help them cool down.

Sea Otters

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Included for their adorableness and “cuddle fests,” they also find themselves able to assist Dory (in a pretty big way, actually).

FUN FACT: Sea Otters have the densest fur among any mammal which they clean by biting, scratching, and rubbing up against abrasive surfaces.

Familiar Faces…..

Nemo and Marlin

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Our favorite clownfish duo return!

FUN FACT: Clownfish have a mucus coating on their skin, that helps protect them from an anemone’s sting.

Royal Blue Tangs do not have this special coating, which Dory forgets about.  Ouch!

Mr. Ray the Spotted Eagle Ray

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Mr. Ray is still holding class!  Today’s lesson is stingray migration, which we’re able to get a glimpse of as they swim by (thanks to Mr. Ray knowing just the right spot to watch!).  Find more about migration in the Finding Dory Educator’s Guide.

FUN FACT: Spotted Eagle Rays are strong swimmers with the incredible ability to jump completely out of the water!

Crush and Squirt the Sea Turtles

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A short but sweet reunion is had between these two and our adventuring trio.  As Dory prepares to set out in search of her parents, she asks Marlin if he knows how to get where she needs to go.  He says no, but tells her he “knows a guy.”

Disney Finding Dory CRUSH

More Sea Life Fun Facts….

Hermit Crab

FUN FACT: The body of a hermit crab is spiral shape.  This helps them fit into a new shell.

Giant Clam

FUN FACT: Once a giant clam stations itself to a spot on the reef, it will stay in that location throughout its lifetime.

Squid

FUN FACT: A squid’s mouth is actually shaped like a beak you would find on a bird.

Sea Urchin

FUN FACT: The name urchin is an old word for hedgehog.

 

The fun facts in this post can be found in the Finding Dory Educational Activity Packet, along with further information on the sea animals.

I was invited by Disney for a pre-theatre release press viewing of Finding Dory to facilitate this article.  Written thoughts and opinions, aside from the fun facts listed, are my own.