- Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 20:05
Debs and I know of several places not too far from home where we can forage for the wild blackberries we use in our wine and jam making. A gallon of wine takes six pounds of blackberries and we usually aim for three gallons a year. That's a lot of fruit. Of all our secret little locations, it's an old disused airfield not more than half-a-mile from home that provides the bulk of our harvest. Or did, until developers got their hands on the land.
A great blackberry location - before the bulldozers arrived
Spanking new houses are already flying up on the far side of the vast grass expanse that until recently provided one of the few remaining semi-wild spaces close to our rapidly expanding town.
There are signs up everywhere telling people 'Keep Out - Private Property'. We decided to ignore them on this occasion, we were there to say goodbye to a rather special place we've come to know quite well. Our first visit since last blackberry season.
Heavy machinery had done it's job. There wasn't much left. We didn't stay long.
A sad sight for pickers of wild blackberries
An up-rooted elder
A couple of stunted elders and a lovely sloe added to our last haul of wild autumn fruit. Their tangled roots had provided homes to a fair few rabbits. All gone now.
At the far end of the airfield stood a small forgotten orchard of Victoria plums. I'm told they're gone too.
I realise, of course, that this is progress. I also realise that people need homes, but that doesn’t stop it all from being rather sad. We'll miss our disused airfield, will Debs and I.
I suppose a new housing estate on the Somerset Levels, close to the current flooding, is just what people need. I hear the estate will have its own little lake. That made me smile. Give it a few years and I suspect nature will take it all back. Permanently.
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