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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Did my Welsh practice in the morning so that I could go blackberrying in the afternoon. I drove up to the car park for the popular local walk and then walked on up the lane. I got nearly 3lbs of blackberries, so that’s enough for jam and a pie & crumble.

There were lots of berries still to ripen, so it would be good to go back on Friday or Saturday and get another couple of pounds to make blackberry & apple jelly, which G prefers.

Possibly someone knocked at the door, but I didn’t hear because I was microwaving all the blackberries to ensure they’d keep ok until tomorrow afternoon when I'll have time for a jam making session. Anyway, G suddenly noticed something hanging on the front door, which turned out to be a bag of runner beans. Presumably from the next door neighbours?

I cooked the beans and I had them with the roasted pork chop, apple sauce and potato wedges. They were very nice, though G doesn’t eat beans, so I’ll make the rest into a soup. He will eat them whizzed up with other veg as a soup. :)
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owlfish From: owlfish Date: August 22nd, 2017 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a nice thing to find from a neighbour!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 26th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a nice surprise. I noticed they'd also hung some on our other neighbour's door, but she seems to be away so I've moved them to her side gate which is out of sight of passers-by. I know our town is really quiet and crime free, but best not to advertise the fact that no one is at home.
seaivy From: seaivy Date: August 22nd, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
you make me hungry
it all sounds sooooo good!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 26th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The last of the beans have now been turned into soup.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: August 23rd, 2017 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
We love to eat blackberries, but here the plants get way out of control. I fight them for ten months of the year, then relent for July and August so we can enjoy the berries.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 26th, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
We used to have quite a clump of blackberries on a steep bank at the bottom of our garden, but they got squashed when the big tree was felled and my husband hacked them all out earlier this year. It was handy to have them for the occasional pie, but there were never enough for jam so if I wanted jam, I had to go out further afield.
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