The Bag Lady went berry-picking on Friday, but didn't go to the woods to look for pin-cherries. According to sources in the know, the bushes are simply no longer there. But she and her hubby's cousin did spend several arduous hours in the extremely hot sun picking raspberries.
Here is a rather blurry photo of the Bag Lady's
And here is a photo of the fruits of their labour:
It doesn't look like a lot, does it? But this is a 57 litre cooler..... The Bag Lady extracted over 12 cups of juice from these berries (she is uncertain because the last batch is still dripping), which will produce approximately 18 jars of jelly.
She also tried an experiment - once she had extracted the juice from the berries, she put the mash into the dehydrator and made fruit leather. It tastes great, but there are a huge amount of seeds in it. Anyone know the nutritional value of raspberry seeds?
She also has a batch of blueberries (courtesy of her berry-picking companion) that she will turn into jam. And perhaps a pie. Yum. Thanks, cousin!
Oh, and check out Rook's Nest for a really cool photo of an old bathtub used as a planter.
Here's something the Bag Lady did one year: