The weather has taken a turn. It is so cold outside today – cloudy, blustery, misty rain mixed with showers.

Quite a change from just a few days ago.

It’s a tough transition from winter to spring.  That’s why we sometimes move two steps forward toward summer, and then three steps back into winter. Those cold snaps have names, and right now we are in the midst of Blackberry Winter. How do I know? Because I have listened to and learned from the folklore and old wives’ tales. And – the blackberry bushes are blooming.

They are so pretty and so noticeable this time of year.  But when summer comes, the fruit is hidden away.

I’d like to take a walk with my granddaughter right now and take a bit of brightly colored yarn. We can tie little bows on these blooming branches. Then when summer comes, and taking a walk in the humidity is like swimming through thick soup, we can go back and find those bows and see what has become of these blossoms of Blackberry Winter.

Wouldn’t that be fun!  I will go now and look for that yarn…

3 thoughts on “blackberries

  1. Anita Ferreri says:

    Your post is so hopeful, even if it is clear you are missing that granddaughter.I’m wondering if this protracted cold, here too, is nature’s way to help us limp, rather then run, into the warm weather where we will still face isolation and quarantine restrictions

  2. This was a welcome trip outside and into nature. I loved the pictures and I can almost taste those blackberries. I bet your granddaughter will have a ring of blue around her mouth! Very uplifting-thank you!

  3. alwriting says:

    On the other side of the world, I am experiencing a similar kind of day weatherwise as we slide inexorably from autumn into winter. But like you, I am looking beyond the here and now, for I know there will be good days ahead-even in winter. A chance to wear scarves and warm boots is on the horizon. Every season delivers some form of bounty.

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