Blackberry Day

Saturday was one of those days I’ll remember for a long time. I spent the day with the OH, my sister and her fella in the countryside, picking blackberries and roaming around looking for water voles. For most people, it was probably nowt special, but for me it contained lots of the little things that make me happy, including sunshine, fresh air, food and family. Here’s a round up of the day in pictures:


Cute little tiny frog!


Blackberry and apple crumble- yummers

I’ll end with a poem written by my sister, Rachel McGladdery

Jelly Babies

We braved the wasps and nettles,

feet fearing the moist scrabble of tiny frogs

and came home


with bags of dripping berries.

Elicited nods from sweet old ladies

and questions of recipes.

Oh I scored points for making jam not pies.

To see my babies lined up

neatly labelled

little bonnets


To see the sun slant through the ruby

and feel that female pride

of storing bounty up for winter,

anticipating spooning scented jelly

on toast on steaming cold mornings

before school

negates the quarrelling,

the carping,

the thorns in fingers

and dresses ruined with purple.

I am,

in some small fragrant way

that kind of mother.



Filed under Baking, Family, Food, Mr Pavlova

3 responses to “Blackberry Day

  1. raichyrae

    Oh you sweetie pie,
    It was a lovely day wasn’t it. Thanks for coming, I feel very possessive of the countryside around here, in my mind, it’s an extension of the back garden so the fact that you had such a fab time makes me very very happy indeed!
    Crumble looks fab by the way…did you use your stone? 😉

  2. Ha ha yeah. I got my pampered chef stuff last night so I’ll let you know how the mini quiches/tartlets go! I’ve just realised that water voles probably don’t exist and it’s another one of your wind-ups!

  3. raichyrae

    So not true (for once)…you can ask the kids, they’ve seen them too!

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