We bought this house with a dream of harvesting the forests abundance and make jams, pickles, tons of stews and just fill up a freezer with berries. I use up many berries with my proteinsmoothies, so if anyone should be picking I suppose I should…
The weather has cooled off significantly, and we are just contemplating if its even time to start a fire over night? With a sleeping baby on my chest, in our woven wrap, and no pants on either of us (since five this morning yay), I can tell you that its not yet cold enough to excuse using up our precious wood. I am however already looking up babywearing jackets. Mostly for late walks with a not-yet sleeping baby for now, but our trips in the woods with F on my back in her ergobaby (as I am not yet skilled enough for the otherwise amazing back wrapping techniques) are so nice I would like to be able to do this even as the season gets colder and no berries to pick.
I was looking especially for blueberries, as they are easy to pick and also very healthy with all antioxidants and stuff. Of course our closest forest is instead filled with raspberries, which in the wild have lots more flavor than the farmed kind but are a pain to pick. It takes a lot of time to get only so much.. I do love raspberries, but… After an hour, at least, of greedy picking and climbing around to reach underneath the branches and up and over boulders and what not, I felt that a 7 kilo baby on my back can get heavy! My back hurt so bad when we got back home and I couldn’t even pick her up from the floor a few hours later because my muscles where so sore! Oh god. I mostly got stronger from the adventure though, as the soreness disappeared during the night. It is so important to think of carrying ergonomy as the baby grows, and working out. Sometimes, obviously, the carrying itself is a workout. (I combine my babywearing walks and now berry picking excursions with kettlebell lifting (love love love) and occasional running, FYI)
So yeah. No blueberries, but the lingon berries are starting to ripen! Woho! Lingonberries are the easiest to make jam out of, and you can even save them over winter just covered with water.