This last month, we seem to have been fully occupied at our allotment just keeping
pace with blackberry picking.
Balancing on tip-toe and stretching to reach the best fruit - always just out of reach - is almost as good as a pilates class!
Obviously we're picking from cultivated briars but
I've been surprised this year by the number of other people blackberry picking;
from the hedges round the playing fields were we go dog-walking, from the brambles in the wood and even
one intrepid pair I saw picking next to a traffic island!
Is it down to the season? The berries this year have been delicious.
Or something to do with economics?
or just a desire to get back in touch with natural surroundings?
Newspapers and magazines certainly seem to be giving foraging a lot of press.
We're very much into grow-your-own and foraging-
in early Summer I pick elderflowers for home made fizz
and soon we'll be out and about looking for elderberries, rose hips and sloes, even the humble hawthorn berry has its uses.
I wonder if any of the blackberry pickers will be joining us?
Are there any first-time foragers out there?