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Autumnal Family Foraging for Wild Blackberries and Sloes

Posted on September 19 2019

Blackberry and sloe picking on the headland at Flushing

Late summer has been beautiful here in Cornwall, and we’ve been spending lots of family time picking wild blackberries and sloes, with the plan of making jam and flavoured gin/vodka. One of our favourite spots is just over the river in a little village called Flushing, which combines delicious fruit picking with magical, scenic views (if you want the exact location, let me know). It has also been a delight to hear boy #2's first word which was, ‘Backbee’ (he's particularly fond of blackberries). I think he’s on-board with all the fruit picking!

The blackberries on the bush at Flushing near Falmouth

In previous years, by late winter it becomes apparent that our sloe gin stock levels are fast depleting. So this year we tasked ourselves with picking enough sloes to make 4 litres of gin, which should (hopefully!) see us through the entire winter period. I don't know how this reflects on David and I. We do share sloe gin with visitors (occasionally!).

The view across to Falmouth from Flushing on the South West Coast Path

David picking sloes

Our autumnal foraging was the inspiration behind our playful ‘Tipple tags’. These beautiful leather labels can be hung around a decanter, wine bottle or home-brew bottle, and personalised with your choice of title. They make wonderful gifts especially when accompanied by the recipients favourite tipple. Or if, like us, you make your own moonshine, they simply help identify the contents several months later! 

Leather liquor label with Sloe Gin embossed in silver foil

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