Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Devil May Care


You know what the devil does to blackberries after the end of September? Well he renders them inedible, by one way or another and whilst there is no mistaking Autumn is creeping along, crisp brown leaves were crabbing along the path this afternoon  in the gentle breeze.  The weather has been far warmer and sunnier than one might expect, for the beginning of October. So I decided I’d chance my arm and pick a batch of blackberries. Some were so plum and ripe they rolled off the truss into my hand.

october blackberry

There was no shortage of juice either,

october blackberry 2

Many of the best looking were high, way too high for me to reach, about 10 feet up, amongst the branches; the birds will enjoy.

october blackberry 4

  I tasted them as I went, and whilst not a flavoursome as earlier on in the season they were acceptable to partner with an apple or two, but I didn’t feel driven to  gather enough to make blackberry jelly.

The  best were in the sunniest, sheltered spots, as it seems, blackberries like cats, know where to find the hot spots.

october blackberry 3


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

4 thoughts on “Devil May Care

  1. Our blackberries have struggled to ripen at all this year so no chance of jelly.

  2. I’m still picking fruit off mine, and will continue to do so for as long as I can. xx

  3. I’ve always had the same post-September worries about blackberries and generally found the taste to have obviously been adversely effected by him down there, however whilst out walking Doug yesterday I saw a truss similar to yours and found them to be delicious. Doug agreed and I shared them with him, together with some damsons from a nearby tree.

    Is Spud also a wild fruit fan by any chance?

    • No Spud is not a fruit fan, bread is his food of choice. I probably only found such nice fruity blackberries, because the chickens had been confined to their run for a few days, due to some grass reseeding… They will get all they can reach.

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