If You Go Down to the Woods Today

You might get a pleasant and edible surprise – it’s blackberry season again!

I have bizarrely fond childhood memories of going out with my little brother, auntie, uncle, nan and granddad into the wild expanse of Epping Forest and getting slashed to pieces by the nettles and thorns and thinking, hang on a minute, I thought this was supposed to be fun… There was always a bottle of TCP handy, or a round, yellow, tin of pink, stinky germaline, which I think stung more than the thorns.

Foraging for food is a bit of dying art for the general populous and let’s face it, it’s not exactly a practical or guaranteed way of putting plentiful food on the table regularly, when you have a house to run, kids to get to school and work to go to, occupying most of the week. And anyway, most of us wouldn’t know a wild garlic unless we fell over it – believe me, the smell soon gives it away then… Continue reading “If You Go Down to the Woods Today”