Longtime readers of this blog know that I have mixed emotions about blackberries (Thinking About Blackberries and Blackberry Battles). A love-hate relationship actually, Today was another one of those days. I did not do my usual blackberry battle last winter due to my injury and then the cottonwood work. So the blackberry vines here are doing quite well. Another year I did not find the time to pick ripe berries, and I then did not have any blackberry wine. That will never happen again so today I vowed to pick blackberries but also took a machete along to whack at the vines at the same time. It seemed cruel to take the fruit and then to slash the giving vines, but you have to be mean when you are dealing with invasive species. Here I am after the battle.
So do you think I won or not? I did come away with 10# of blackberries which are already one their way to becoming wine!