All of a sudden the blackberries have gone crazy. This particular supply, above, grows against an old ruin quite nearby, and is always spectacular. The berries fall in cascades and will continue for weeks, almost as if it were a cultivated variety (which it's not). It's one of those rare locations where you just stand in one place, and pick until your punnet is filled.
And here is that punnet.
On the way home we raided Haddock's for our lunch. Some maize (which is just perfect at the moment) and some fruit (the soup was already made). It doesn't get much better than that.
Who ever said 'there's no such thing as a free lunch', obviously didn't live around here!
Soooo envious on so many levels !ReplyDelete
Wow, I can't imagine getting blackberries so late in the year. Lucky you!ReplyDelete
And what lovely berries those are!ReplyDelete
I have a few backs of blackberries in the freezer, ready for a pie to brighten a dark winter evening.
These went in the freezer too. Blackberry and apple crumble is one of my winter luxuries.Delete
Oh , that autumn harvest does look good. Spring seemed to be coming here but it has just dipped down to 10 degrees C. after 24 yesterday. Brrrr!!ReplyDelete
Yes, I've noticed a few blackberries behaving in a strange manner lately...ReplyDelete
Lots of juicy brambles here as well, just picked a couple of punnets and started a bottle of bramble gin.ReplyDelete
Surely it can't be scrumping if they don't belong to someone.ReplyDelete
Well, they don't belong to me. Semi-Scrumping maybe!Delete
Join the farmer's club Cro - we get quite a few 'free lunches' in the form of mushroom omelettes (own hens and mushrooms from the field)and we did have plenty of blackberries but suddenly they have gone all seedy. Yours look delicious.ReplyDelete
Our mushroom season (Cèpes) should begin after the weekend. Watch this space!Delete
So envious too. My back garden is a bit wild - but nicely so - there is an essence of tidiness to it.ReplyDelete
Its main gardener is nature itself and much of it that grows there is via bird droppings. There is an odd tree or bush and rasberries, blackberries and strawberries - maybe reap a punnet or two from each. I allow nature to have her way and (especially) the strawberries find new opportunity each year and in years to come, it is my hope that the berries will have spread to many pies and jams!
All gardens should have at least one area left to nature.Delete
My whole blasted garden has been left to Nature and clearly she prefers jungle!Delete
I went scrumping for apples in Germany as a kid. The only tree still loaded with fruit was surrounded by chest high nettles and, as it was a very hot day, we were all dressed only in shorts and plimsols. We beat a path through the nettles just wide enough for me to reach the tree which I climbed and promptly fell out the other side of.
As I wear shorts for most of the year, my legs are permanently stinging from nettles.Delete
Oh....those beautiful berries!!!!!ReplyDelete
The tresses are between a foot and two feet long. Amazing.Delete
An experience I don't believe anyone would claim to have here in AUS ~ gathering a free lunch. I have thought about it long, and maybe the closest you get is nicking mangoes off your neighbors tree, and only then if they are hanging over the fence.ReplyDelete
It's very much 'open door policy' here, we all tell each other to help themselves. But everyone has a bit of everything anyway, so a lot goes to waste.Delete
My daughter's Mangoes all get eaten by Lorikeets (sp?).
Lorikeets huh? Certainly the flying fox like mangoes too.Delete
It's been a fantastic time for fruit and veggies this year. A lot of wasps around too so you have to a bit careful picking stuff. Your sweet corn look good.ReplyDelete
I too am happiest when my punnet is full. Especially now that I know what a "punnut" is. My how you have expanded my world Cro!ReplyDelete
As they say; 'two countries divided by a common language'. It's a nice word, isn't it!Delete
That's quite a haul. When I was a kid, we loved to go blackberry-picking, and then make cobbler. Lots of cobbler. I hope you're planning something yummy like that with those "free lunch" berries of yours.ReplyDelete