Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Blackberries

    Yesterday was the perfect English summer day, warm but not too hot, with a nice breeze. Walking across the hill to escape some medication-induced zombie-ness and a bit of girl fog I was very pleased to find the first blackberries have ripened since I last passed this way a few days ago. So here's the latest chapter in the search for free food from the hedgerows of Southern England. I returned to the office with fingers stained purple.
    I will miss my walks across the hillside when I change jobs.

12 comments:

  1. Nasty thorns, but a perfectly lovely fruit! I have them growing down on the south bank of the pond I live on. Unfortunately the deer eat most of them. I'm lucky to forage more than a handful at a time. The same goes for my persimmons. All I can reach is the low hanging fruit, and I can't compete with deer that rise up o their hind legs, and forage all night long.

    Melissa XX

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  2. I've got some windfall apples from my friend's garden, waiting for me to pick the local blackberries so that I can make bramble jelly. Bring on the mellow fruitfulness!

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  3. They grow as fast as weeds in our garden, this looks like an epic year for them because of all the rain.

    The first picking of the season went into a mix of summer fruits to make two "summer puddings", one for a gathering of friends the second frozen for when"summer" what ever that is, is just a memory.

    Caroline xxx

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  4. Oh, they are brambles here.

    Caroline xxx

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  5. I'm so jealous of all of you... There is nothing like that here (that I know of), the countryside is definately one of the things I miss from the UK...

    Hope you enjoyed your free fruit :)

    Stace

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  6. We get wild raspberries, mostly over now, or eaten by the bears, which we also have and teenie-tiny strawberries too, here in the wilds of central Ontario. The apples aren't ready yet, but soon! Free fruit is the best! It actually tastes like fruit and not plastic. :)

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  7. I have just edited the piece to say "A few days" rather than "A few weeks". I must have been half asleep, it was only Thursday I last passed them!

    We can't compete with deer or bears eating our berries. The birds however do their best to make up for that.

    I would have picked a load of them had I had a suitable container, and bourne them back to Mrs. J in pie form. Fortunately I'll have plenty more opportunity.

    The apples have just started, I picked a few White Transparents(early cooker) at my parents place on Sunday. Fruit straight from the tree, especially the first ones, have few equals.

    Now I'm deeply sorry for causing envy in ex-pats. Here follows the standard reassurance, the country *has* gone all to hell after all! :)

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  8. Good point, well made :)

    But I suppose that you do not have a goverment about to be supported by something resembling the Dutch BNP in the UK...

    Stace

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  9. Yeah, but the seeds always get stuck in my teeth.

    I'm sure there will be other sites to relish in when you are established in your new working digs.

    Calie xxx

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  10. I'm glad I'm not the only one needing a post-blackberry toothpick. The new job's in town, so a bit more dull. Fortunately my town has two rivers running through it so you're never far from a river meadow.

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  11. Ha! I remember having a pet dog who learned to pick blackberrys - saw humans picking and eating, and he was never one to let food knowingly pass him by, even if growing on thorny bushes...

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  12. Most impressive! We've had our share of wily hounds but never one who mastered that trick.

    I'm reminded of one of our Welsh Black cattle, now sadly gone but she lived to a great age, who saw Scots thistles as a great delicacy. The exaggerated care with which she ate them was something to watch.

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