take time to stop and
enjoy the fruits of labor
then start new again
Blackberries grow wild all over the island, and come August I would dare say that it’s entirely possible for every household to fill their freezer with a year’s supply if they so desired. Jam for the pantry, sauces for granola and yogurt, wine, cider, cordial, and bags filled for the freezer that become porridge fillers, smoothies, crumbles, and a variety of baked goods. Untainted by man, heaven sent, and free, free, free for the picking!!
Back in Maine, I too grew up with wild blackberries. Many days myself, siblings, and friends presented ourselves home in a similar state as my above pictured middle child, Seán Proinsias–this, after gorging on the wild blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries that surrounded our neighborhood. Yet another childhood memory is triggered and one I happily relive while creating new ones with my own children.
I almost didn’t meet Jamie’s 52 Weeks of Photography and Ronovan’s Haiku challenge this week. My oldest daughter broke her arm and off to the mainland we went to spend a night and day in two different hospitals. She’s fine and wasn’t in any desperate pain, so no worries there. When we came home, we embraced an opportunity to spend a much more pleasant day and night with cousins and friends on a massive sleepover/playdate. Fourteen children including my five, along with four of their cousins, and a friends five. Add to that spaghetti, ice cream, and popcorn, a trampoline, swings, nerf guns, legos, and on demand movies, and you have some pretty happy kiddos. 🙂 That was the day. The sleepover is happening now. There’s no blackberries involved in the morning pancakes I have planned. Unfortunately, we ran out of them from the freezer already and will make due with some fresh rhubarb instead. Topped with some warm maple syrup, you won’t hear anyone complain.
*A garden post is due. So much has been done, but as usual for this time of year there’s not so much to show for it yet. Still, seeds have germinated and there are pots and pots of two to six leaved green beauties beginning to fill the tunnel. Lettuce, onions, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and beetroot are sown outside. The weather has been divine and I have taken some lovely pics…I’ll get to that later in this week. I hope everyone is well and, please God, all your snow is nearly melted and signs of spring are all around you. Melissa Xx