Berry Harvest

Plantain Leaves

In the story, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years Phoebe lines her basket with plantain leaves, and Hitty says they felt pleasantly cool and smooth as they walked down the road in search of wild raspberries…

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On the way

…so Floradora tried it out.

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Rasp

The raspberries are very plentiful this year…so many within easy reach of humans and Hittys…

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Basket

…but this is a tame berry patch, and only one of the sources of deliciousness that we have managed to grow in the garden!

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Goose

Look! a gooseberry!

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single

Floradora picked it, a little reluctantly – it was the only berry on the two bushes that we planted. Next year we are sure there will be more wee little geese. The humans would like to make a human-sized gooseberry tart…

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Currant

…the black currants were more plentiful!

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Straw

…and the wild strawberries have been, though this might be the very last strawberry of the season!

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Harvest

The berry harvest has been good this year!

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12 thoughts on “Berry Harvest

  1. What a pretty basketful of yummy berries that Floradora has collected. I’m sorry that our raspberries are not plentiful this year. The rabbits ate so much down during the winter that we’re not sure if that’s the reason or not for the lack of berries. We can always count on mulberries though!

    • I have seen an occasional rabbit around here, but there is plenty of other stuff for them to eat in the winter…What a shame that you didn’t get many raspberries this year – I hope the mulberries are plentiful and delicious!

  2. Floradora was clever to do as Phoebe did in the book. The leaves must keep baskets from berry’s staining. Our raspberries are ripe…the Cedar Waxwings love to eat them. I enjoy watching them pass one along to the next waxwing in line on the branch.

  3. Oh, lucky Hittys…. I miss gooseberries very much, I’ve never seen them in Australia, and they certainly wouldn’t grow here in this heat. Nor indeed would raspberries, although we do get some really beautiful strawberries. Gooseberry jam, gooseberry fool, gooseberry tart. Yum…

    • Yum! Next year we hope! They are rare here too, and very much hit and miss in the shops. We are really fond of them, but this is the first year we’ve been able to plant some – cross fingers for next year’s crop!

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