Finally the sound of rain on our tin roof. There really aren't too many sounds that are nicer. It rained on and off yesterday but not heavily. Enough to wet the earth a little and put a bit of hope in the heart for more. It did make outside activities much nicer too.
Blackberry picking was on the agenda. It is one of those jobs that doesn't wait for a time when you are ready. It is either pick them quickly or the birds have them. Today my three blackberry pickers brought me back enough for four jars of jam. And with only one or two scratches each, I'd say that's a good day picking blackberries.
They were gone for ages though and when I checked the camera, I could see why. Resting up and snacking on berries by the creek probably took more time than the actual fruit picking.
As you can see though it is mighty dry and brown in the paddocks. So hooray for this lovely rain.
I didn't make it down to the creek side to pick the berries, I was holed up in the kitchen dealing with zucchini. Making cakes and slices. I'll be grating some more tomorrow for fritters and zucchini burgers which are my favourite.
Chocolate and Zucchini Cake
110 grams butter, softened
180 grams brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coffee
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarb
1 tbsp cocoa
2 cups grated zucchini, drained well
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
Grease and line a loaf tin.
Cream sugar and butter until pale then add the eggs, coffee and vanilla.
Sift in the dry ingredients and combine.
Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips and mix until well distributed through the mixture.
Spread into prepared tin and bake until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
This afternoon I'm writing letters. I received a couple of postcards last week and a few letters too. My letterbox was a very happy place.