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Remember those blackberry bushes lush with fruit? They're everywhere around here. Robin went picking and brought me a gorgeous basketful after I said I would make blackberry cobbler. And I did! But some of my readers said "don't just tell us about your fun and interesting adventures, tell us the mundane as well." And I assume that means when things go wrong?
Turns out every. single. blackberry. harbors a little worm. Google quickly explained they are harmless fruit fly larvae. But soooo glad I noticed before they went into the batter! (We're not going to mention how many of these Robin may have eaten unknowingly while I was away in Scotland....) Google research also said a little soak in salt water would extract the critters! It worked, leaving us with pristine berries for the pudding. However, future blackberries may now be more to look at rather than to eat. 😳
In other news, we had a nice day Monday driving to Sheffield with a stop at the Bosworth Battlefield. There's a museum and walking tour there marking the place where King Richard III met his end in 1485* (maybe you've seen or read the Shakespeare play?). But our main purpose was turning in our rental to Enterprise and picking up our lease car. It's a Kia Sportage and should be comfortable for the visitors we hope to show around! We look forward to the interesting places it will take us, along with the ordinary errands.
*Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England from 26 June 1483 until his death in 1485. He was the last king of the Plantagenet dynasty and its cadet branch the House of York. His defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. (Wikipedia)