Just incase anyone reading this has not enjoyed this delicious mixture - peel and chop a few apples - cook them a bit first in a small amount of water and sugar and add as many blackberries as you wish and even elderberries if you're lucky enough to have them, plus additional water as required and more sugar to suit your taste - don't add too much liquid at the beginning as the brambles themselves will create quite a bit of juice on their own. Once cooked this can provide a wonderful base for a crumble or even put a sponge mixture on the top - great with custard!
Brambles and apples are as good as a marriage made in heaven and they can even be found growing together naturally - just as they were intended!
Picking brambles now is a very pleasurable way of using up an afternoon or even a snatched half hour whilst out with the dog - infact she probably eats as many as I pick... anyone ever see a dog picking brambles!? Its' also a great opportunity to watch the local wildlife as well - I was lucky enough to spot this beautiful Speckled Wood butterfly.