When we got back from Grandma's house, we discovered that blackberry season was in FULL FORCE in our backyard! A few years ago we discovered some wild blackberry canes growing, and in the years since, they have multiplied, and we have reaped a plentiful harvest ever since! It's something we look forward to every year.
Since we all love blackberries, we mostly just eat them. But sometimes for a special treat, we'll freeze them and then roll them in sugar. YUM! Works especially well for the smaller and more tart berries.
We decided to take Koko outside with us to help pick- we needed all the help we could get!
Here he is with our haul for the day.
And guess what else we found along with the blackberries?
It's a turtle! An eastern box turtle, to be exact. We brought him out into the grass so we could take a closer look, but he wanted to head back to his shady spot in the bushes. We fed him a blackberry and he took it "to-go."
Koko watches him curiously as he makes his way back to the bushes. He was pretty fast for a turtle.
Group picture! Yes, Teeny is still in her nightgown. And yes, Tyson is shirtless and distraught, but it's because of this:
Ouch! Bee sting! Man, backyards can be dangerous places.
Audrey lets Koko try a blackberry. He enjoyed it (almost as much as the turtle did).
As you can see, we have a pretty large backyard- almost a full acre (0.4 ha) and since my hubby hasn't mowed in awhile, it's full of dandelions- or, as my girls like to call them, "wish flowers."
Audrey helped Koko make his wish (he wouldn't tell us what he wished- that would mean it wouldn't come true)!
Koko is sure to see more of our backyard this summer- there's all sorts of fun to be had in the garden and on the play set. We look forward to sharing it with him!