A fair few weeks ago I went blackberry picking at the local cemetery. There were lots of big juicy blackberries to be had.
The cemetery is a little haven away from the hustle and bustle of Mill Road. It's a lovely place to go for a little wander.
As might be expected, it's a tranquil place. There are intricately carved monuments and headstones in almost every direction.
I love the textures and pinches of colour you stumble upon here and there.
A lot of the blackberries (or brambles if you're from Up North like me) were ripe for picking and dropped off the branches with ease.
I managed to fill my jug to the brim! I went again a couple of weeks ago and there wasn't all that many so it's just as well I got in there early.
I used some of my haul to make some blackberry syrup which I've used in cocktails and desserts. The rest went into some blackberry and apple gin. I've not made it before (I used this recipe) and I can't wait to try it - roll on Christmas!