Friday, 22 August 2014

Word of the Week - Blackberrying

Posted by Rosie

The Reading Residence

blackberrying

ˈblækbəriɪŋ
noun

the act of picking blackberries



With most of the soft fruit in the garden now picked and a gap before the autumn raspberries are ready, it is to the hedgerows I have been looking for my fruit this week.  The paths and field edges around Eco-Gites of Lenault are now laden with blackberries and the early ones are already ripe. 


Ripe Blackberries


Last year I didn't pick many as the cultivated blackberry plant I have in the garden cropped magnificently ... and it has the added advantage that the fruits are huge and the stems are thorn-less.  This year however it is having much smaller crop, possibly due to the heavy pruning I gave it but which will hopefully see it back to it's cropping glory next year, so I am out and about looking for wild fruits.   

Now it is a case that with every dog walk, not only do I head out with dogs and leads in hand but also a pot to harvest these luscious fruits.  Harvests are still fairly small but here are simply loads of immature fruit waiting to ripen ... possibly to the annoyance of the dogs.  Leads mean walks and they are not impressed that I stop at regular intervals for what seems to them a complete waste of time.  I mean why would you pick the fruit and place it in a pot?  Surely such gems are for eating straight off the plant (both dogs do this with the lower fruits) and then it's on with the walk?!  All this putting them in a pot (and NOT allowing us to eat them) is just wrong!

Sorry dogs - blackberrying may be my word of the week but expect many more walks over the next month or so waiting for me to put blackberries in that pot!  And if it is any consolation, just look at the state of my hands. Not perhaps the best way to greet new gite guests :)

Blackberry Hand!


18 comments :

  1. Mmm lovely fresh blackberries, I love the word blackberrying :-) x #WotW

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    1. I certainly like the word more than the effect on my hands!

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  2. We've got just enough blackberries in our garden to make a small batch of jam with - but yesterday I noticed squirrels eating them...now I feel too guilty to take them for myself!!

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    1. Don't feel guilty. Let them eat the blackberries from the gardens where they will not be used and make your jam!

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  3. Am sure the blackberry hand will be worth it though!

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  4. Oohhh if I have that stains in my hand I would be very proud! Like an artist with colors in her hand. Id wear those stains like a badge! A blackberrying badge =) #wotw

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  5. We've yet to go foraging this yea, but we will soon, and crumbles will be made! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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    1. Oh yes, blackberry and apple crumble, it's up there with rhubarb crumble! Happy foraging :)

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  6. Ooh I love foraging for blackberries, and making pies, coulis and jam. I don't like being attacked by all the thistles and sharp bits though. x #WotW

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    1. Same here - sometimes there is blood mixed in with the blackberry staining!

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  7. I've just spotted a load of blackberry bushes nearby, I can't wait to get my hands on them :)

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  8. What a great word!! I wish there was somewhere to pick them near me :)

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    1. Thank you - hope you do find some blackberry bushes, Kim.

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  9. Nothing like blackberries - my mouth is watering already!

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  10. Just seen some today and was very tempted to pick some. Love them in a crumble and sure sign of the seasons changing

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