It’s August, and that means just one thing for the Lower Mainland of B.C.: the wild blackberries (the edible kind, not the things you text on) are in full bloom!
It’s been a little while since the last time I wrote. Summer turned out to be a very productive time full of ideas, plans and projects, all of which I’m looking forward to sharing with you – soon, I promise!
This past weekend, we had a wonderful time in Nanaimo setting David’s dad up with his own brand new computer – the first he’s touched in more than 18 years. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. It just reminded me of the many wonders we enjoy today that many times I take for granted. And also the importance of keeping curious, active and healthy for the approaching “golden years.”
The best part of the trip for me was the dawn hours. While the whole neighbourhood was still asleep, I snuck out of the house and picked and munched my fill (and then some) from the gorgeous, big, plum-y blackberry bushes growing in front of my in-laws home, as wild as they can get. I LOVE them – it reminds me of my dad’s wonderful preserves, when he would make his simple desserts of “fruit in simple syrup.” Mmmmm – perfect for that quick change of taste after a nice lunch or dinner.
If you live in Vancouver, Vancouver Island or just about anywhere in the Lower Mainland, explore the hiking or biking paths or parks near you. There are ripe blackberries all over the place. If you bring a pail with you, there’s almost no end to the delicious things you can do with them – waffles, pancakes, muffins, apple-blackberry pie, soufflés or my personal favourite, all on their own.
If you don’t happen to live in B.C., find out what’s in season where you live, then take your family out to explore and enjoy!