I’m fighting off yet another cold… I seem to have a cycle of activity of one week of frantic activity followed by the next where I do hardly anything. Cause and effect, maybe?

On Saturday we all went out into the country to pick blackberries for blackberry jelly. DH makes this and usually goes with one or more of the kids but I decided to come with them this year to see if I could find any more elderberries. I quite fancy making elderberry wine! However, there weren’t any where we went to – maybe they don’t like wet ground. It was on the Gwent levels near to the Bristol Channel and the Severn Estuary and lots of water everywhere!

We got lots of blackberries anyway!
stockpot full of blackberries

I also picked some rosehips – I think I’ll make these into rose hip syrup or jelly or something. At the moment they’re sitting in the fridge till I feel like attacking them!


I picked some hawthorn berries too, just to see if they had any medicinal value. Apparently all parts of the hawthorn are good for blood pressure problems, not that I have any but having them sort of helps me to remember the functions of these medicinal herbs, if you see what I mean. They are edible and slightly sweet. Apparently country kids used to eat them as snacks.

hawthorn berries

I picked some sloes… not many! Maybe I’ll get out and get some more later on… these are now sitting in the freezer because apparently it helps to freeze them to break down the flavours when you use them. Isn’t the internet a wonderful treasurehouse of information?

a few sloes!

I also found these teazels. They used to be used for carding fibres. I think. There we are – that’s my textile contribution for this blog post!

two teazel stems

6 Responses to

  1. Candy Schultz 5th October 2006 at 2:24 am #

    Liz, I looked at that post card tutorial you gave me and it is wonderful. I think I can handle making some of them. My husband and I have a spot in an antique store and the owner wants me to make some and see how they sell. She thinks they would go like hotcakes, I don’t know. Hopefully I can get to them soon. I really like Deb’s blog also and thanks for putting me on yours. Good luck with your cold. I wish I could find elderberries and rosehips around here. I can’t even find any farm raised chickens yet. But I am not giving up. Thanks again.

  2. Dijanne cevaal 5th October 2006 at 10:18 pm #

    Wonderful hedgerow pickings Liz- wonder what colours they would dye as well? Your blackberries are so much bigger than ours- which have naturalised in the region and are a weed.

  3. Pam Annesley 6th October 2006 at 12:07 am #

    What a great collection of berries, it reminds me of living in UK and collecting blackberries as a child for pies & jams. They are a weed here in OZ. I do buy some frozen blackberries occasionally from the supermarket when I’m in a reminiscing mood.

  4. Karoda 6th October 2006 at 8:21 pm #

    I’m going to go look up sloes. They look like blueberries to me. This post reminded me of the first time I took my city kids to a u-pick farm to pick apples…my 6 year old son at the time, looked at the apples on the trees and quipped, “but they are dirty”. lol…

    have fun in the kitchen.

  5. Karoda 6th October 2006 at 8:22 pm #

    ah, sloe=plum 🙂 thanks, a new word to add to my Scrabble vocabulary 🙂

  6. lisette 7th October 2006 at 3:30 pm #

    hey liz – how are the courgettes coming along? all your autumn largesse looks fabulous!