Early blackberries

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I’ve been watching these swell and blacken for about a week now, not quite believing that I get to pick blackberries already – it doesn’t seem long since I had made elderflower cordial and already blackberries are out. I think it must be the weather, and that they are clinging to a nice warm wall that’s helping them ripen so quick. Birds don’t seem to have gotten too many yet, but there’s plenty left for both birds and us. I gave a couple to the chickens to see what they would make of them – I thought they weren’t meant to be too keen on fruit but so far I’ve discovered they like grapes, a slice of apple, and now blackberries! 

Now to decide what to make with them. I think this first batch will go to a pie or a crumble. I’m tempted to try another wine if I can get enough in the next couple of weeks, though in order to do that I think the method will have to be collect and freeze in batches. 

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