nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

Posts Tagged ‘blackberries

Blackberry picking

with 2 comments

On Monday we drove from our cabin down to the lake (on our newly-mowed road) and picked a bowl of wild blackberries. The brambles were brutal and we came away with several scratches between us. But we picked berries to the tremolo of the loon on the lake and will enjoy a ‘blackberry buckle’ later this week. Blackberry buckle is made by adding sugar and water to the berries and covering with spoonfuls of dumpling mix. The dumplings cook in the steam of the simmering berries.

~

~

~

~

All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

September 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

‘within easy reach’ – a painting for the front cover

with 6 comments

As the release date for my book of poetry ‘within easy reach’ draws near, I have been doing some painting.

~

I began my project ‘growing and gathering’ and the poems for my book ‘within easy reach’ after my husband and I discovered blackberries on our new property at the lake. For this reason, blackberries seem a fitting subject for a cover painting.

~

I think blackberries are fun to paint:

  • a basic berry-shape of Payne’s Grey
  • a highlighting of each seed in the drupe with Payne’s Grey mixed with Titanium White
  • a spot of white to highlight berries on one side of the drupe
  • a background of blues and purples to simulate the shadow in the thicket
  • leaves and a stem

~

This is my ‘practice painting’, in acrylics, 5″ by 10″.

~

untitled

~

I’ll be showing you the final cover painting soon – 10″ by 10″, a perfect shape for the cover of my book.

~

On a windy, wintery day, it is hard to be patient, waiting for blackberry season!!

~

Copyright  Jane Tims  2016

 

Written by jane tims

March 14, 2016 at 7:00 am

harvesting colour – blackberry red and pink

with 7 comments

Autumn is officially here; summer up and left last week.  My complaints are suddenly of chilly evenings, not too-warm nights!  But with this season comes a series of dyeing projects I have been looking forward to – dyeing with berries and autumn leaves.

~

DSCF2892

berries harvested at our cabin in 2013

~

At our summer property, we have blackberries in profusion.  They ripen slowly over a period of three weeks and we eat our fill.  This year I decided to sacrifice a few for the dye pot.

~

Dyeing with berries is easy.  I brought three cups of berries to a simmer in three liters of water for about an hour.  The strained liquid was a bright red, the colour of ripe cranberries …

~

dye from blackberries

dye from blackberries

~

I dyed alum-treated wool with a slow simmer and an overnight soak.  The result was a pale pink, a welcome addition to my collection of ‘mostly brown’ …

~

pink wool dyed with blackberries is front and center ... other wools are dyed with (clockwise) oak, meadowsweet, bugleweed, tansy, lily-of-the-valley, beet root, and in the center, carrot tops

pink wool dyed with blackberries is front and center … other wools are dyed with (clockwise) oak (dark brown), meadowsweet (orange), bugleweed (brown), tansy (gold), lily-of-the-valley (grey), and beet root (deep pink), and in the center, carrot tops (green)

 

~

I also tried dying linen and cotton with the blackberry dye, and these gave me the burgundy I had hoped for …

~

back left to front: wool, linen, cotton and another cotton, dyed with blackberries

back left to front: wool, linen, cotton and another cotton, dyed with blackberries

~

I think I will be using the pink/burgundy cotton as the backing for the small ‘harvesting colour’ quilt I plan to make.  I’ll hem the linen and use it in my kitchen.

~

IMG363_crop

March 18, 2012 ‘blackberries’ Jane Tims

~

Copyright 2014  Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

September 24, 2014 at 7:32 am

a covered bridge – the Marven Bridge, Kings County, New Brunswick

with 9 comments

In late June, we drove to Sussex to do some errands.  On the way back, we drove off the highway to find the covered bridge over the Belleisle Creek (Kings County).  This bridge is known as the Marven Bridge and is listed as Belleisle Creek #2 in the April 1992 pamphlet ’Covered Bridges in New Brunswick’ (no author indicated).   This means there was once another covered bridge crossing the Belleisle Creek but it is now gone.

The Marven Bridge was built in 1903.  It is 79′ long with a span of  71′.   The roadway width is 15′ 8″, and the load limit is 10 t.   The maximum clearance is 15′ 8″.

The bridge is on a relatively good road in a steep valley.  The blackberries were blooming in profusion along the road near the entryway to the bridge.

Inside the bridge, there is damage to the window openings where boards have been kicked out beside and below the windows.  Otherwise the bridge is in good condition.  We didn’t stop to look at carvings inside the bridge, but I saw a lot of graffiti as we crossed, including a giant ‘2012’.

We didn’t visit this bridge in 1992 as part of our Covered Bridge Project for Canada’s 125th anniversary.  However, my husband remembers going fishing there many years ago.

I was disappointed to discover we did not bring the camera on this drive, but I did a quick sketch on site and a painting when we arrived home.  I hope you like it!!!

~

IMG647_crop

June 26, 2013 ‘Marven Covered Bridge, Kings County’ Jane Tims

~

Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

July 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

%d bloggers like this: