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This year's backberry crop
Tue 18-Oct-11
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Shereen
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Was a disappointing one in Norn Iron at least. We've had so much rain that it wasn't worth even going out looking most weekends, and the 1 decent dry weekend we got (last weekend) was so late the berries were mostly watery mush or the ones that will never ripen.

So there will be no 2011 vintage of my blackberry vodka and whskey, because it's just not the same when they're shop-bought.

Did anyone else have more luck than me?

Tue 18-Oct-11
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Not many blackberries for us either shereen, very similar problems, got a few early ones and that was it

Tue 18-Oct-11
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Unfortunately this year - no blackberry pie eeek . I'm so disappointed! (And so is my son - he relies on me making his special blackberry pie!)

We had a good year for apples though (last year hardly any!).

I suppose the weather this year wasn't typical, so perhaps the blackberries will be back in force next autumn - hope so. ok

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Tue 18-Oct-11
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There were initially tons and tons of blackberries on our bushes, but as fast as they ripened they went mouldy, because of all the rain we've had.  Only managed to get 3 small plastic tubs of them, so no blackberry gin for me this year cry

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Tue 18-Oct-11
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Sounds like a lot of blackberry-disappointed people, Sue !!  thumbs_down

I also didn't manage to get out to pick the elderberries - though luckily, I still have some of my elderberry syrup from last year to ward off the winter ills.smile

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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I've got a whole drawerful of elderberries in the freezer, Val.  Must get on with making more cordial..........made 3 bottles the first time, but gave 2 of them away, and we've nearly come to the end of our 1 remaining bottle, as we've both been feeling a bit under the weather recently.  As it's the first time I've ever made anything like that, I was really pleased with the way it turned out, tastes lovely.  And it certainly seems to work - 2 or 3 times we've both felt like we had the beginnings of a sore throat, but it never amounted to anything after glugging spoonfuls of the cordial.  Great stuff. ok

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Couldn't agree more, Sue - I had a promise of a cuppa from a neighbour, and the evening beforehand, her hubby rang to say she was in bed, and had been for two days. I went straight round there with a little bottle of it, and the next day she rang and said that it was magic!! whistle She was up and out of her bed, and feeling tons better!

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( I've had so many 13's tonight - is this an omen big_laugh   big_laugh  )

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Oooooh dear, 13s...........have some cordial, Val - wards off all sorts of nasties! big_laugh

Right, I'm off to bed, think (hope) I'm tired enough to sleep now.  Night night Val - oh, and Ruthie, just spotted you - sleep well!!!! big_hug

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Night night to you too. Hope you sleep well, Sue ! big_hug

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Oh, and night, night, Ruthie - hope you sleep well too.

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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I have had my best blackberry season for years here on the Bucks/Oxon border.....all collected from the very end of my garden where I let the wild ones grow in a great tangle. Last spring I had them cut back so I think this is the answer. The berries were huge & I made sure to pick them every couple of days. Even yesterday there was a small cupful.  I just pop them into a jar of gin or vodka (with a few spoonfuls of sugar). Just as well I have bottles of the stuff as I couldn't find any elderberries this year....the wild birds ate them so quickly....I think they needed the juice as it was very dry here then.

 

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Loads grew in our favourite hedgerow this year, but not as big as usual- we have had near drought conditions in our area- whilst large areas of Britain were deluged it largely fizzled out before it got to us. Have had to use the hose on many occasions to stop plants dying, as the water butts (we have four) were almost empty. A few weeks back there was a revival but now they are largely done.

Still E managed some blackberry jelly to sell for Church funds, and we have had a few fruit crumbles.

Raspberries however have been very good. Early in the season the birds get more than we do, but the Autumn fruiting ones came in early and there is still fruit on them now- very little, but enough once in a while to mix with other fruits for a dessert. Last year we were still picking in early November the very last of them, as it was still just about warm enough- then the cold came with a vengance.

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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My blackberries were disappointing- no rain, so the early ones really didn't do well, very small and pippy, then it was damp and they rotted or were very watery...got some lovely ones coming along now, way too late...

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Wed 19-Oct-11
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Don't forget you're anti viral jam with the elderberries, gorgeous stuff on your toast in the morning, although I have to admit to a great liking for elderberry cordial and hot water in winter. Not made cordial this year, just lots of Jam with Danuta's donated eucalyptus leaves

Sat 22-Oct-11
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Hi All
I went blackberrying late August and got loads.  They were incredibly early and abundant this year as was most top fruit.  Cobnuts dropped before I noticed so the squirrels had a feast 🙁
The sloes around here are ready now so the freezer is filling up with them and the (cheapest) gin will be bought soon.

 

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