The blackberries are in season! The hot days of summer have ripened these hedgerow fruits. They are plump and juicy, glistening by the paths and walkways, just waiting to be collected and eaten.
Pumpjack’s thrice daily (or more if Chewie has his way) dog walks gives me an early warning system that the blackberries are ready. There are some particularly favoured spots and with relatives visiting, we took a wander out, with baskets to hand to collect a few.
There is something immensely satisfying about a full basket of blackberries, and dreams of what they can become. We planned muffins, cakes, crumbles and ice cream, but in the end simply some cream and a wonderfully large bowl each gave us our first taste of the coming end of summer as we sat in the garden enjoying the late afternoon sun.
If you like blackberry picking and foraging (or the idea of foraging), do read our Foraging post.
Continuing the theme of blackberries, a recommended read is Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris* (author of Chocolat). We review it for the Vive le Livre Book Club. (*We are affiliated with Amazon in our book reviews.)