Friday, August 10, 2007

A harvest of fruits

One advantage of the wild patch in the allotments is the presence of brambles (blackberry) which have fruited in a prolific manner this year. I have done a couple of pickings and made about ten pounds of jam so far. The aroma of bramble jam in our kitchen has been wonderful. The wild patch has also provided refuge for a variety of birds. There is a family of goldfinch and I often see four or five of them at once. Also in evidence down there are blackbirds, thrush, greefinch, sparrows and although we have heard a woodpecker tapping nobody has yet seen the bird.

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