Blackberry Picking | Something for the Weekend

One of my favourite thing about having children is introducing them to the world around them and watching them experience things for the first time. It’s easy to get distracted by all of the big firsts; smile, steps, words, that you forget all of those little everyday ones. A few weeks ago we got to watch one of those and it was unexpected and wonderful. Whilst out and about on a usual weekend walk we introduced Lyra to blackberry picking for the first time.

A collection of blackberries still on the brambles
Toddler reaching for a blackberry being offered by father

Now, I have to be honest here, blackberry picking is not really my idea of fun especially since you seem to have to pick lots in order to do anything with them. Stupidly though I had overlooked the obvious. We could just pick a few to eat as we walk! Now, I know that seems glaringly obvious but my youngest is in the middle of a sleep regression so I’m going to blame my limited mental capacity on that. We didn’t set out looking for blackberries, we were actually on a leaf hunting mission, but when we stumbled across some we just couldn’t resist. Lyra watched on dubiously as Matt leaned into the brambles to pick a blackberry for her but once she saw him eat one there was no stopping her. Her delight in trying something new never fails to make me smile. We then explained to her which ones she could eat whilst also trying to impress on her that we can’t just eat anything we find on a walk, and then she was off hunting for her own.

Toddler holding blackberry in front of hedgerow
Toddler hand dropping blackberry into her dad's hand

Matt will be filming short videos here and there to accompany this ‘Something for the Weekend‘ series and I’m so glad that he filmed Lyra’s first blackberry picking experience. Just a short video but a wonderful memory.

Blackberry picking season in this country is typically late August and the whole month of September so what are you waiting for?! This may be your last chance to find some for the year so if you do head out in search of blackberries this weekend please tag me on Instagram or Twitter or use the hashtag #vmsweekend and let me know what else we can go foraging for at this time of year as I’d love to learn.

Outdoor activities with toddlers, blackberry picking with Very Much So blog. vmsweekend

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  1. 7th October 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Stunning photos as always. I love blackberry picking, we always get enough for about 3 crumbles! I think sadly the season is all over here now though – all done for another year. Love the video as well, it's so cute! #WhatevertheWeather

  2. 9th October 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Lovely photos, I love simple days out like this, such amazing memories. Hope you all got to eat plenty!

  3. 10th October 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Ah I love blackberry picking. I always pick a massive amount at our local park and make all manner of crumbles with them. I just wish my daughter would be as adventurous as yours… mine likes picking them but refuses to eat them 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  4. 11th October 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Aww, we love blackberry picking too, love the little video, great idea to film her first blackberry picking! We still have some blackberries up here in Scotland, but the season will be finishing soon, both my boys love to pick them and eat them all up! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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