Blackberry Gatherers

The Blackberry Gatherers, William Bromley III, 1876
The Blackberry Gatherers, William Bromley III, 1876

My daughter has the good sense to only pick where she can easily reach. I become very intent on our wild berries in the woods and down our lane, and I stretch as far as I can, catch my hair and clothes on thorns as I reach further in, bite my lip because I’m certain I can reach that big black one over there. It’s not really about gathering food to eat. It’s about getting as many as physically possible. And it results in a network of scratches and blotches of mosquito bites. Also a yummy cobbler on the counter. Happy berry-picking season:)

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