Thanks to amysisson's advice to try eBay in my quest for animal oven mitts, I purchased a new elephant-shaped oven mitt to replace the killer whale ones who we've retired. Just in time, too. fosteronfilm has been braving the dense and thorny hazards of our backyard to pick the wild blackberries that grow there. Last year's drought decimated our harvest, and we barely had enough for a single pie. This year's, though not as bountiful as previous years, is going to be much better. We've already got enough for one blackberry pie, possibly two, and the season's nowhere near over.
*squee!* Although I don't recall elephants having such fierce looking canines.
A new issue of IROSF came out yesterday, and I was happy-giddy to see that Lois Tilton had given a "Recommended" review to "A Thread of Silk":
Hm... maybe they wanted the teeth to look like tusks? A little ingrown, if you ask me... :P But still very cute! I tend to buy things that I can't get too emotionally attached to, because then I can't get rid of them due to a vague sense of guilt.
Mmmmm - Blackberries.
They were always a summer ritual at my grandmother's house. My father and I would pick 10 or 20 gallons that were dutifully canned then brought out through the winter as cobblers for each Sunday dinner.
Here, I have brambles but the deer enjoy all the berries. (at least I enjoy the deer).