We have been busy as cats in a sandbox and it seems that we haven’t had time to do anything, much less anything interesting. Every now and then, though, we get a chance to take a few minutes to do something simple. Since it’s July (holy cow! It’s July?!), something simple means berry picking for us.
We have an excellent raspberry patch at the house so I can stumble out in my pjs and grab a handful of berries. Our patch makes many more than a handful though so we pick and freeze berries every day. Our raspberry patch is pretty interesting. Of course there are berries, but the new feral kittens hide out in there too (anyone want a kitten? Energetic. Free to a good home). I have seen all manner of bugs and spiders also. Honestly, our raspberry patch is a biology lesson (in a good way) waiting to happen! I love picking berries just to see what will pop out next!
By the way, did you know you can spread berries out in a single layer on a plate, freeze them, and then put them in freezer bags. The individual berries remain intact so you don’t end up with a berry blob.
Anyhow, raspberries are easy for us. It’s the blackberries that are painful. I think they have to be that way for folks to appreciate their awesomeness and I am willing to let Emily make the sacrifice. We all pick them actually. By “we”, I mean Emily and I pick them. The kids always seem to wander off into the woods at our secret blackberry location to “look for more berries”. Uh huh.
So, blackberries are especially good right now and I love blackberry pies more than any other pie (except maybe Emily’s strawberry pies). I have an excellent wife who not only helps pick the berries, but also makes me pies! Thanks you berry much! You are my favorite wife, Emily!