Blackberry time!

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I was putting the washing out on the line this afternoon, when a crop of wild blackberries caught my eye.

Yes, I do indeed have that kind of garden – for more proof, see my previous blog about the Bee-loud glade –  – the kind of garden where unplanted things thrive. The unplanted items are not all as useful as the blackberry crop I’ve just picked, but having a mess of a garden keeps me humble 😉 – and entertained!

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You may be forgiven for thinking that this is all going to lead to a recipe for Blackberry jam, but no, I have a far more devious plan for them. This first crop – there are masses more yet to come – are going to be carefully inspected for wildlife and other undesirables, and once they’ve passed muster they’re going to be frozen. I’ve put a note at the top of the family diary for the second week in December to remind me that they’re in the freezer, awaiting their moment of glory, when I turn them into an apple and blackberry pie (or crumble – it’s too early to decide) which will be offered as dessert on Christmas Eve.

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There. I’ve done it. I’ve said the ‘C’ word.

In fairness, you shouldn’t be that surprised – I do advocate forward planning you know  :) – Did you really think that I wouldn’t follow my own advice? I’ve been doing this stuff for years, and it works for me.

While the sun is still shining, I think I’ll go out and clear my last remaining Blueberry bush, and allow them to join their cousins in the freezer  – those pancakes won’t make themselves you know..

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To keep you all happy, I will try not to mention the ‘C’ word again until the kids have gone back to school.. :)

Have a lovely weekend! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for those blackberries! :)

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