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!
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.
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?
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!