He has therefore been overjoyed to find that "Aun Nin" shares his interest in blackberries and will actually go out with the sole purpose of picking them. Aunt Nimmy's obsession with jam-making has meant that we have spend many, many afternoons ransacking the blackberry bushes near our house.
One of the best things about blackberrying is that you have to carry a basket, and Nathaniel is happy to undertake this responsibility. He has done lots of skipping through meadows with his basket of blackberries, pausing only to stuff another handful into his mouth! The basket has now been designated the "eating" pile, and Nim and I have taken to taking another recepticle for berries that we want to make it back to the house.
These adventures also mean that we have spent a lot of time in the woods and fields behind the house. They make me feel so happy that we actually managed to move! I still can't quite get over the fact that we managed to move to a house with enough space that was not far out of town but still have fields and meadows and hedgerows so close. These pictures were all taken within three minutes walk of the house!
Finding sticks (with no autofocus)
After jam (delicious), Nim decided to make chutneys, so we borrowed an apple picker and started to ransack the apple trees on the moor as well. Last weekend, as it was the sailing club regatta at Yorkshire Ouse, we hitched a ride on the rescue boat to Naburn, and as the first race was taking place, walked out to a fine apple tree that we had spotted on our bike ride and filled great bags full of apples.
This resulted in much eating of apples!
Nim is now busy preserving everything that doesn't move, and tonight the house is full of the christmassy smell of spicy apple chutney. It doesn't get much better than that!