Aromatic Bubble Wrap


The common blackberry settles in near trees and fence lines. When no one is looking, they grow and grow. They grow tall. They grow thick.

Some try hard to look like a tree, but I am not fooled. When the baby sleeps, I sneak out and chop those weedy pests into a soil enriching mulch. We’re working on the “Yukon” paddock at the moment.

clearing after a meeting of the blade

view of our farm from Yukon

looks like there were cows fenced in Yukon. Held in by using the lovely Oak trees

The blackberries seem endless reminding me of my favorite computer tidbit “perpetual bubble wrap.” This bubble wrap is just as addictive as Asteroids but with a lovely smell while you clear the board.

As I hold my lawnmower blade on my hip, I think of the classic, pre-Rings, low budget film by Peter Jackson, Dead Alive. I say to myself, “I kick arse for the Lord!” and off I go.

please don’t watch this if you have issues with cheap zombie movies involving gallons upon gallons of fake blood.

… and for your enjoyment should you not feel like chopping zombies … uh … blackberries with a lawnmower on your hip:
perpetual bubble wrap

4 thoughts on “Aromatic Bubble Wrap

  1. Lynn Sullivan says:

    but, but… Berries really are like zombies, aren’t they? If you chop them into a million pieces, don’t you just get a million new zombie berry bushes? I Rounded Up, I painstakingly pulled out roots and binned them and I finally hired gardeners to do my dirty work for me. Finally those buggers are gone. Here in the Big City we just buy our berries. An hour away from here they still pick berries; they keep goats to munch the bushes back. Nothing like a meter-high berry bush wall to keep out the trespassers.

    • Jean Curtis says:

      I totally agree that zombies and blackberries were separated at birth. We’ve chewed on the idea of adding a goat, but I prefer to do it one ruminant at a time. We’ll get these beasts under control and the maintenance should be straight forward. When we get totally fenced, the blackberries will have nowhere to run, baby.

  2. Gladys says:

    The blackberry that we deal with here in Oregon is a European import. It takes over orchards and houses and anything left in one spot for a year. Gratefully we have cold winters to slow it down and leather gloves that protect.

    Thanks for your wonderful writings lil sis.

    • Jean Curtis says:

      Those crazy Europeans! I had to double up on my leather gloves in Seattle when dealing with them. Here, I have a large blade on my hip and more callused hands.

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