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Learning to adapt.

The older you get the harder it gets to change plans, adapt to circumstances, be flexible. My Gonna do listย  included pick strawberries- having to decide in advance and book a slot, proved too much for me. I adapted the goal- there are brambles in the woods near me- so I ‘ve picked

Blackberries and now I’m on a promise for some cooking apples to go with them. I may have missed the joy of warm strawberries this summer fresh from the plant, but oh the delight of blackberry and apple crumble in Winter, maybe I can adapt after all. Wondered how everyone else was coping with adapting?

Comments on: "Learning to adapt." (37)

  1. You might find this years apples sooner than you think my coxes are already ripe enough to eat and I normally think October.

  2. We call those blackberries here (just outside Seattle) And they grow wild. They are just starting to ripen so I should get out and do some picking too.

  3. Good choice – free food without the queue!

  4. Those look so good and summery! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Early for blackberries? No matter, you have apples coming. Yum

  6. Blackberries! When I lived in Seattle we had so many blackberry brambles! I used to pick to my hearts delight and make cobblers, etc. Your opening photo made me smile. Glad you adapted as these are equally as yummy as strawberries!

  7. Oh? Blackberry and apple crumble, you say? Now I’m on the hunt for a recipe. We froze a ton of blackberries this month and now I’ll just save them until we get to pick some apples!

    Cathy – I’m so glad you still got to enjoy some fresh berries this summer. I know moving has made it hard! I hope you enjoy your weekend!

    • Thanks Katie- youngest son and wife have been here today, their first visit to the house- we went a walk and I have noted lots of blackberries, elderberries and sloes.

  8. Blackberries are GREAT!! I hear you on the changes – I somehow didn’t manage to eat cherries as much as I liked, but blackberries are great as well!! And there will be a new strawberry season, and hopefully, things have calmed down then.

  9. I’m with you! It’s so hard to adapt to this new world, some times I prefer to hid inside my home than to deal with all these changes. Glad you had got some blackberries, they seem yummy!

  10. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    Blackberries already. Yum. Ours are a week or two away from ripening yet. Enjoy.๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ooh, blackberry and apple crumble sounds delish ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I’d take the wild – and free – food over the farmed strawbs any day, even though I love strawberries. I do have blackberry envy, they don’t grow well up here, needing rather more chill than the tropics can provide, but I’m with you on the delights of crumble. As for adapting to changed circumstances: mine aren’t so very different, nor have they been, so I just potter along as normal, my social life consisting mostly of saying hello to people on my dog walks and for the rest being antisocial and burrowing down in my sewing room.

    • There is something rather lovely about being outside on a sunny Summer’s day and picking fruit,especially wild and free fruit. I think I took to heart too much the trying to support local businesses too much, especially those that had premises you had to go to, I really tried to keep going, but the hassle of queues, keeping distances, wearing face masks, being treated as if one was dangerous, booking slots, is just too much. I have embraced online shopping and open country and ultimately it’s the businesses lookout. Free blackberries and apples is the way to go.

  13. I’ve not picked any blackberries from anywhere for years. I remember once falling into the middle of a blackberry bush while picking blackberries with my mum when I was 14 ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy your crumble once you’ve made it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I can see that falling into a bramble bush might put you off, and there seems to be commercial ones in supermarkets now.

      • Falling into the bramble bush was actually quite funny once I’d got over the surprise. The brambles were growing along a wall bordering the bank of a lake and I was up on the bank picking from the top while my mum picked from the roadside – I just put my foot too far over the edge of the wall and went straight down into the bush. All my mum could see was my head sticking out of the top and my feet at the bottom ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t remember how she got me out but I suffered very few scratches anyway, and it didn’t put me off as we went blackberrying many times after that.

  14. We’ve got some very nice thornless blackberries in our garden – we just have to beat the dog to them.๐Ÿถ

  15. Nothing nicer than apple and blackberries! Yum!

    • I picked the blackberries then looked for cooking apples- none to be had in the shops at the mo, then my lovely DIL mentioned her Dad had them in his new garden- he moved here just before we did. Result!

  16. These do look yummy! Of course you’re adaptable, Cathy! Was considering yesterday that strawberries may be over-rated, but not blackberries. Yum! They require work at different levels, watching out for brambles, getting stained fingers, etc. Will you post your crumble recipe when time comes?!

    • Oh yes, I will- I have just baked a chocolate cake- youngest son and wife coming tomorrow, so excited I don’t know where to put myself.

      • I’m sure you’ll find yourself in time to have a lovely visit with them! And that chocolate cake! Do you plan to ice it? (I don’t have much of an icing recipe repertoire so am always on the lookout.)

  17. And as for adapting, for us it has been no AC this summer, but that has been good. We have learned how to manage our windows to the point that after three days between 94-99 (and the help of a blip of thunderstorms 2 nights) the house didn’t go above 80 until last night. Victory!

  18. I don’t know, Cathy, that might be better than strawberries! ๐Ÿ˜

    • There is a pick your own strawberry farm near here that my DIL took me too a few years ago and the strawberries are amazing , and I was looking forward so much to going there, but the faff of having to book slots the day before when you have no idea whether it will be raining at your allocated time, defeated me and removed all the pleasure of spontanity on a summers day, but then I spotted the blackberries in the wood right by my front door, and now if the mood takes me I can go and pick a few, pop them in the freezer – a big win for me! In the end those crumbles may well be better , you are right.

  19. I hear what you are saying. I hate when I make a plan and it goes asunder. But they usually do, It sounds to me you are more adaptable than you give yourself credit for.Picking anything is more work than I want to do these days. The crumble does sound good though. Our strawberries are done with but blackberries are abundant right now. I miss being close to a place where they grow wild. Enjoy your crumble. Yum.

    • I have spent a long time this year trying to continue as if the world has not gone mad, and in getting to know my way round a new house and town, and getting frustrated and at times very cross with things, that it’s a relief to say A curse on all your houses- I’ll make the best of what is…

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