Sufficiently inspired, I thought about my plan of attack carefully. Blackberry bushes have nasty thorns that really hurt bare skin and grab at your clothing. So, attired in long jeans, boots, long sleeved top, sunhat, gloves and the new garden apron, I set about finding a vessel to hold the tasty morsels in. I came up with a two litre ice cream container and punched a hole in two sides to thread some string through. I was then able to hang the container around my neck, leaving both hands free to pick the berries. Off I set, looking quite a sight I'm sure.
Half an hour later the bucket was full, and I ducked back inside the house to weigh the bounty and put them in the freezer. Did you know that a two litre ice cream container full to the brim holds pretty much exactly one kilogram of berries? Onto trays they went and into our big chest freezer to snap freeze before being bagged up into ziplock bags and dated. Another half an hour, another kilo. Added up with my quick walk around the dam the other night, we have 2.5kgs of berries in the freezer.
I am hoping to do one or two more stints in the next week or so, to add to our collection. I am tempted to make some jam and keep the rest for winter desserts.