Bilberry picking on Dunnet Head today - trying out my Newfoundland berry picker - it worked, but it was quicker without it - maybe berries in Newfoundland are bigger and more abundant?
My bilberry stained hands.
I only have one small bilberry bush growing in my field, so haven't saved it in my pressed herbarium. I do, however have quite a lot of crowberries - here's my pressed herbarium sheet from a few years ago, it still has a lot of colour.
Eva relaxing in the sun, and enjoying the breeze (no midges today!)
Perhaps I didn't soak it long enough in the pond - more soaking ready for next try. Some books say soak one day for every foot. Others say brown willow (with bark on) needs a minimum of 2 -3 weeks. I tried 2 weeks (5ft willow) then mellowed overnight. Still difficult to use, and I can't remember how long I soaked the willow for last year - and didn't have these problems.