BLACKBERRY PICKING WITH A CHICKEN

BLACKBERRY PICKING WITH A CHICKEN

I love blackberry picking. When I was a child, my family used to take us foraging for blackberries every September. We’d come back with enough to supply a supermarket and my mum would always make a delicious blackberry crumble.

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We took Evie blackberry picking with us last year but she was only six months old. Although she tried to eat a few, she couldn’t really get involved in the picking. One year later and the difference is unreal! She loved blackberry picking (eating).

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As soon as we started to put them into the bowl Evie would put her hands in, take them back out again and eat them. For the first half an hour we got nowhere. It didn’t matter how many times we told her or showed her how to put them in the bowl, she’d just shake her head and eat them. Here’s her sneakily eating them as I’m picking some more…

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It was so lovely watching Evie and Jamie pick them together and I was luckily enough to capture some great moments of them. Evie loved mimicking what we were doing…well apart from the leaving them in the bowl bit.

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At one point we were even joined by a chicken who seemed to enjoy rooting around in the bushes just as much as us. Only in Cornwall! I’m not going to lie, I was a bit afraid because he seemed determined to either join us or peck us.

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The best blackberries always seem to be on the busy lanes and we were a bit worried about letting Evie down because cars come flying down them. Halfway through blackberry picking we were lucky enough to find a cute little ‘off road’ farm lane where we could let Evie run about safely.

BLACKBERRY PICKING 6It was great because she could enjoy herself by finding sticks and helping herself to the lower down blackberries. It also meant that daddy could take over as chief blackberry picker and hog the bowl and the best bushes while I just enjoyed watching them both.

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I did persuade Jamie to let me participate at one point. For someone who wasn’t that enthusiastic about blackberry picking he sure did enjoy himself and kept nagging me to let him take back over. 

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It’s funny because in all of our worries about Evie getting stung by nettles or scratched by brambles, it ended up being me that fell victim to these plants. Silly Mummy!! That was my cue to hand back the bowl.

Jamie definitely got the blackberry picking bug (my mum suffers from this more than anyone, when she starts picking blackberries there is no stopping her) and even though we’d agreed that it was time to go and had even put Evie in the car, Jamie insisted that he have a couple more minutes because he’d found some more good ones. Ten minutes later I ended up starting the car and slowly pulling away before he got the hint to go.

BLACKBERRY PICKING 1We did get quite a lot of blackberries. Although half of them ended up in our…sorry Evie’s…mouth before they ever reached the bowl. But we still had enough left over to make our own delicious crumble. Look out for our secret family blackberry crumble recipe! It’ll be up on the blog next Monday!

If you don’t have any lanes around you and haven’t been fruit picking before, have a scout around for a local farm. You can normal pick much more than blackberries!

Have you been blackberry picking with your family before? What’s your favourite outdoors thing to do in Autumn?

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  1. Hannah
    September 9, 2015 / 6:20 am

    We love blackberry picking and we never have a full bowl as the boys always eat them before we get home.

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      It’s such a lovely family activity isn’t it! I’m sure you all had very stained mouths from the blackberries just like we did. 🙂 A sure giveaway of some munching while we picked!

  2. September 9, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Always the way with fruit picking – more ends up being eaten than goes in the bowl! Looks like you found a great spot to go to and nice that Evie could get involved. #whatevertheweather

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you for your comment. It was the perfect spot. Lots of space to run around safely. x

  3. September 9, 2015 / 7:21 am

    I absolutely love blackberry picking, just wish we had some near us to do. Looks like you had so much fun, that chicken looks like they’re having a great time too, haha. #whatevertheweather

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:19 pm

      haha the chicken was terrifying!! He followed us so much that we actually had to get in the car and move to another spot. But I didn’t want to add that in the post because it’s pretty embarrassing haha. x

  4. September 9, 2015 / 8:50 am

    The blackberries we pick on our allotment never ever make it home – they go straight in BB’s mouth! Determined to make a crumble one of these days though… #WhatEverTheWeather

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Haha that’s so cute! And also really cool that you have an allotment. They’re so easy to make! We made one with Evie (I’ll put a post up by Monday) and it took about 15 minutes, if you ever persuade BB to let you bring some home, it’ll be a fun little cooking activity to do! 😀 x

  5. September 9, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Aw this looks and sounds lovely. I need to find somewhere for us to do this – the boys would love it #whatevertheweather xx

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      I hope you find somewhere! If you have any lanes near your house you can normally find them in the bushes around the road. 🙂 It’s such a fun family activity x

  6. September 9, 2015 / 10:54 am

    We also love Blackberry picking – even the dog picks them off the bushes and eats them. Great photos. Thanks for having us on #WhatevertheWeather

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Ohhh that’s so cute that the dog eats them too!!! It’s the perfect family activity isn’t it. Everyone can get involved. 🙂 thank you so much for linking up x

  7. September 9, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Oh I love berry picking! We have loads of blackberry bushes around us but I worry about the thorns. Seems Evie was a professional eater, I mean picker, so we may have to give it a try! 😉 xx #whatevertheweather

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Oddly Evie avoided the thorns without any guidance from us! It was only me that got stung by a nettle and pricked by a thorn. We could only help Evie pick them for a few minutes before she got too stubborn and wanted to do it all herself. I think Emma would love it! 😀 x

  8. September 9, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    I used to do this all the time with my grandmother. Good memories

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Aww that’s so lovely! Hopefully you’ll get to do it with your two. 🙂 x

  9. September 9, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Picking blackberries is a wonderful activity to do together. My kids would be the same about eating them too 😉

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:41 pm

      haha we definitely got more blackberries when Jamie went off for ten minutes than the whole hour when Evie was beside the bowl. Needless to say she didn’t want her dinner. x

  10. September 9, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Got to love blackberry season. We have the same issue about eating them with our 18 month old – she learnt to say ‘bak-bee’ within an hour of being introduced to them -same can’t be said about ‘please’ or ‘thank you’! Loving the random chicken joining you – sounds like some cunning thinking by it! Enjoy that crumble!

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Haha they do seem to say the words that benefit them don’t they! 😀 Evie’s the same with Apples at the moment. I said apple once and it stuck. Yet she still won’t say please and I must say it 100 times a day! That’s so cute that she can say ‘bak-bee’ though. Adorable!!! As for the chicken, as cute as it looks, it was actually terrifying. I think it was more of a guard dog than a friendly chicken. x

  11. September 9, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I often find the same. Little J’s daddy pretends not to be interested, but soon realises how much fun things are!

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Haha it must be a guy thing. The amount of times Jamie drags his feet to the car when I suggest a day out and comes back having a better day than all of us. 😀 x

  12. Jenny
    September 9, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Aww, lovely family photos, making wonderful memories together. Laughing at Jamie hogging the bowl and you having to slowly start driving away before he would stop!!
    I’m also amazed at how far ahead your blackberries are down there, ours are still either flowering or just tiny green berries emerging, at least another month yet until they’re ready. Looking forward to making our own crumbles soon. 🙂 x

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny. Haha I think if I didn’t look so annoyed when I started to drive off, he would have probably let me leave him there so he could carry on. He went out on his bike later on in the day and couldn’t stop jabbering on about how many he’d seen on his ride. To be honest they’re still blooming down here too! But I love blackberring picking so much so went on a big hunt for some that were actually ripe. The higher up and more out in the open we got, the more we found. There are going to be some amazing ones in the next month though. I hope you get to make crumble soon! 😀 x

  13. September 9, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    We went blackberry picking in July and had so much fun. In the car on our way out my son asked if he could live on a blackberry farm when he grows up. I think we have a new family tradition!

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      Awww that’s so cute!! I think you have started a tradition. We used to go with my mum and now Evie’s going with us. I think it’s a great family activity that is lovely to pass down through the generations. You’re so lucky to get blackberries in July. We get them mostly in September/October. They’re one of my favourite fruits, I wish we had them sooner. x

  14. September 9, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    When we moved house last year we discovered blackberries in our garden, none of ours made it as far as a crumble 🙂 Lovely post and photos! #whatevertheweather

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      haha they’re so good to eat it’s hard to put them in a bowl isn’t it! 😀 How lovely that they grow in your garden. x

  15. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    September 10, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Blackberry picking is so much fun and sounds like Evie enjoyed it very much. Glad she managed to save you enough blackberries for a crumble 🙂

    • September 12, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much. Haha it did take us removing the bowl from her site to collect some. 🙂 I can’t wait to do it again with her now. x

  16. September 11, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Ah I love blackberry picking – and I know exactly what you mean about not being able to stop! For me blackberries will forever be linked with my dad, he goes foraging for them every Autumn and my mum bakes him pies 🙂 They freeze really well too – not that we ever have any left!

    • September 12, 2015 / 1:15 pm

      Oh I never thought about freezing them. They’d be great in a smoothie. That’s sooooooo adorable the he collects them and your mum makes pies. So cute! x

  17. September 12, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Adorable photos, Evie really is such a cutie and who doesn’t love blackberries? They have been rife along the Cornish hedgerows with the sunshine this week. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you so much Fiona. I hope you have plenty around you and you can get out to pick some soon. 😀 x

    • September 13, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much. 🙂 She’s sweet and full of blackberries haha. x

  18. September 14, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I used to love fruit picking when mine were little. Hope the fruit was yummy

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:01 pm

      It was so yummy. We made a blackberry crumble with it and it was gone in one night! x

  19. September 14, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Lovely photos and sounds like a great day. We haven’t been blackberry picking this year! Not had a look too see if they are out here yet. We went last year and it was lovely to see Elliw getting more involved with things. We did a lovely blackberry pie xx

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      I hope you get to go out soon. Although the weather hasn’t been good enough for them to grow properly this summer so it might be worth waiting a couple of weeks. We had to look hard for the ones we got. Mmmm blackberry pie is amazing!! x

  20. Mamavsteacher
    September 14, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    This looks like great fun – we tried the same with raspberries recently and Sprog loved it too. It’s great to see them getting on with new things isn’t it?! #Magicmoments

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Mmm raspberries, I bet some funny faces were pulled when they were eaten. They can be so sour sometimes can’t they, but very delicious. 🙂 It’s so lovely watching them get involved. I think she eats more when we do things like this than when she has a plate haha. x

  21. September 20, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I used to love doing this with my mum! .. i so ought to get out there and take my kids .. what a beautiful memory to have

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    • September 21, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      You really ought to, it’s so much fun! 🙂 x

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