DH was watching Michael the other day and took him out to see our land and noticed that some of the wild blackberries were almost ready for the picking. So we went back tonight and picked the ripe ones.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but this was actually my first time visiting the land. It's not far away or anything, just not too accessible and not the best place for a young baby (however it's perfect for a rough and tumble toddler).
I tried to pick a couple of berries but the thorns were getting me bad so DH picked the rest and Michael and I walked up out of the wooded area to the clearing.
I know my picture sucks. If I cared more I would have taken a bunch of pics and stitched a panoramic together, but I don't. It's hard to see everything anyhow due to the lay of the land. Below is the aerial of the land. We own the big field and some of woods on the north side (about 40 acres). It's an especially nice piece of land if you're into seclusion.
Michael had fun walking through the weeds. A lot of them were as tall as him but he didn't mind. I think we got all the ticks off him, hopefully the chigger and mosquitoes didn't get him too badly. He's definitely becoming a nature boy. We were at the nature center this morning Michael got to see his first deer on one of the trails. I think the deer was as interested in us as we were in him.
The fruits of our labor.
I don't have any special plans for these berries. Just eat them as they are. I've been really surprised how much Michael likes them since I've tried to feed him blackberries on several occasions and he would eat one and squish the rest (he hasn't squished any of these, yet).