|Shoreline Apple Tree|
Catching up on my long over due homework (sorry, Catherine!), I went off to capture what I could of a late autumn harvest of berries in and along the East Lothian coast
|Sea Buckthorn along North Berwick Golf Course|
Sea Buckthorn abounds – it scrambles, twists and twines into a Sleeping Beauty fortress along the ancient sandy dunes from Gullane to North Berwick and beyond (to
, I believe). Brilliant orange berries cluster in huge abundance in the joints and branches of the extremities of the silvery bushes. A forager’s trove– if armed with impenetrable gloves, long-sleeved coat, thick boots and very sharp secateurs. The trick is to snip and freeze the berry-clad twigs and thorns intact – the berries will snap off easily once frozen solid. Russia
|Sea Buckthorn harvest|
Along the country roads are farm lanes lined by hedgerows bursting with hawthorn and autumn berries. But with few lay-bys (pullouts) it can be tricky to stop to gather – and if there are any sloes in the area, you run the risk of social ostracisation if pillaging someone else’s patch…. So I returned to the fringes of the NB golf course and found a solitary weather-worn patch of berries, on a gnarled bush thick, rich and plentiful. Nearby was a stand of young Dog rose – covered in luscious ripe hips which fell neatly into my basket.
|Do I have to de-seed these??|
A sojourn inland to the county town brought me to the new Haddington Herbals – a lovely old/new shop located at the end of the High Street. Filled with natural remedies, cures, cosmetics and lotions displayed in the antique cabinets lovingly restored. They also sell mixing oils, dried herbs, and essential oils for us DIY enthusiasts.