A Country Kid’s Post: Blackberry Picking in Our Garden

“I fancy making some blackberry and apple crumble today”  says the husband from the kitchen.  He is still in a roll again.  T and I are in the living room.  The fire is on, I’m flicking through my Ideal Home magazine and T is on the iPad.  She’s only ever allowed to have it on a weekend.  I put my magazine down and quip “Not to worry, we shall pick you some fresh blackberries in our garden”.

We have a wilderness behind our old shed at the bottom of our garden.  For a while, we toyed with the idea of planting a vegetable plot behind it, but I’m thinking now to let it be. There’s something magical and mysterious about this little plot of land behind that shed.  And much to our delight, we’ve discovered blackberries growing in the bushes there.

T and I put our wellies on and this makes Doc excited.  He bounds out as soon as we open the door, grabbing a stick along the way and watches us forage.  After a while, he gets bored and decides that it’s more fun running around like a loony with a stick in his mouth and he lets little T and I be.  It doesn’t take us long and we have enough for the Historian’s recipe and head back inside the house.

Now that’s what I call bliss.

If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.  Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with. –  L. Frank Braum, The Wizard of Oz

What’s yours?


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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Lisa lambert(mumdadplus4.co.uk)

    I wish I had fruit in my back garden but we are lucky to have it locally and I love picking fresh berries for jam and jam tarts

  2. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Oh, yum, they look great! We haven’t bothered much with the garden until this summer, but we did get some awesome blackberries off the overgrowth before tackling it. (Apparently they weren’t a good enough excuse to let the entire garden look like a jungle. *sigh* lol)
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  3. five little doves

    Ooh the children love blackberry picking although it’s very stressful for me constantly telling the children not to put anything in their mouths and taking care they don’t prickle themselves!
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    • I love when T does them with her friends and they always end up with blackberry stains on their faces 😉 So cute!

  4. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    W.e used to have blackberries come over from next door but new fences have stopped that!

  5. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    I am so jealous you have this basically right on your door step! It’s so wonderful! I would love some vegetable patches in the garden! I’ve always fancied doing it is agree about leaving it be though, there’s definetly something magical about wilderness.

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    • We don’t have a vegetable patch yet, but that’s our aim this year! Hopefully we’ll be able to do some planting in the autumn.

  6. The way you describe this makes me feel like I am there. What a lovely day and as I said on your twitter account I am SO jealous you have a fire, I would love that – so cosy on a winters day! x
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  7. I grew up in a big garden, and we used to do black berry and strawberry picking. Such a good way to great memories with your kids. x

  8. Lisa - The Love of a Captain blog

    Crumble is one of my favourites! So lucky that you have blackberries so close to enjoy. They are always so much more tasty when picked and eaten fresh 🙂
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  9. Baby Isabella

    My mummy went across the road to the park to pick ours for Apple and Blackberry crumble. So luck to have a patch at the bottom of the garden! #CountryKids x
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  10. Coombe Mill

    There’s really nothing better than making crumbles and cakes from the fruit you can go foraging for! I bet Little T thought the crumble was delicious with the fruit’s she’d picked filling it up. It’s fab that you have so many blackberries at the bottom of the garden, and a fab way to get away from the screens for half an hour and enjoy the fresh air.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.
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    • That is so true especially the bit about getting away from the screen even for awhile 🙂

  11. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    We have blackberries at the top of our garden. And behind it and in front of it. Spoiled really. It is nice just to pop out and it doesn’t take too long really. Well worth the scratches. Your husband really in on a roll. #CountryKids
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  12. Sarah (Mum x3x)

    Really want to take my kids blackberry picking but we just haven not had the time! Maybe one day after school this week 🙂 #CountryKids

  13. chocolateandwineandillbefine

    Oh wow this really is bliss! I love blackberry picking but these days there is nowhere too close where I would feel safe letting my children pick freely. You are so lucky having them in your garden – definitely keep them! #CountryKids
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    • I’d be worried too if there wasn’t any place nearby that was safe to go blackberry picking!

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