I just wanted to add a quick follow up to my post last week about getting out and about and making use of seasonal food.

My better half and I went for a nice walk on Sunday and went picking elderberries, blackberries and rosehips. After about an hour and a half of fresh air and exercise, we'd collected about a kilo and a half of blackberries and a couple of kilos of ripe elderberries.

We were also looking for rosehips because they can be dried out and used as healthy treats for our chinchillas. The ones we found weren't very ripe, so we'll go out again to get some of those.

We combined the blackberries with some apples from the tree in our garden which are just ripening now and made an industrial-sized crumble.

The elderberries we made into elderberry cordial: apparently a renowned traditional prophylactic for winter colds. Anyway, from about 1kg of eldberries, we made over 7 litres of cordial which should keep well into the winter in our reused wine and soft drink bottles.

All in all, a nice way to go and save money and stock up on free, healthy food. We didn't drive anywhere, there was no packaging and I'm pretty sure there were no pesticides, fertilisers or farm machinery used in growing it all.

I guess my only 'low carbon concern' was with the elderberries. It took a fair bit of boiling to extract the juice and dissolve all the sugar. I'm sure that energy used was more than if it had all been done in a factory with the latest energy efficient heating technology, but as for whether the energy used overall (without transport, factory lighting, packaging etc) was less or more, I don't know.