Almost daily diary!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Pick your own pick me up!

What a difference a day makes! Well, a day can't change everything but surely the bright scarlet of a red, ripe strawberry can't fail to act as a 'pick me up'!

The children had a day off school today, an inset day where the teachers are supposed to do training, but if you ask me (which you are not, but a rant is near impossible to overcome when discussing their school) having an inset day this close to the end of term can only mean that they are wasting a valuable training day just clearing up the odds and ends for next year.

However it was to our advantage, it was my day off anyway and the weather was beautiful so we had a taste of the summer holidays together. It was like a breath of fresh air!

We left early and drove up to Cheltenham to see my mum. On arrival there was tea and homemade cake all round before we went off to the local 'pick your own'.

Small Sprog is always keen to pick fruit. Anything to do with food is always a winner with him! He takes the whole thing very seriously. We went along the lines of fruit (just the two of us together as we had left Granny and Tall Girl back in row one) tasting each variety that we could find for strictly market research purposes you understand! We found some particularly sweet ones at the far end of the field. Small Sprog agreed that these were certainly the best and we set about filling our baskets. He did an excellent job.

After a while Tall Girl appeared. "How many have you got?" I asked her. My basket was half full already.
"Just these" She says.
"Is that all?" Well it was no surprise really! She just stands there chatting!! Very girly I must say.
"Can I have one?" She asks me. Then I realise that what she means is "Can I pick her one!!"
"I'll peel you a grape too shall I?" I retort. She slops off back to Granny.....
Later we regroup in the raspberry patch. Small Sprog and I have a basket and a half of small sweet berries. Granny has gone for size over flavour and has a basket full of GIANT ones! I secretly think that ours are far superior in flavour but say nothing. Tall Girl's basket contains about six! But she says she has had a great time. She truly loves her granny very much!

Despite eating half our body weight in soft fruit, we were all ready for lunch which my lovely mother had prepared before we left. I didn't have to lift a finger, it was just what I needed and she didn't even know it!

We had a leisurely afternoon and I had time to play with my children because I wasn't doing any chores. I am blessed and I know you will never read this but, thanks mum!


BS5 Blogger said...

A top bounce back from you, Sub (AKA BS delightful).

Thanks for your comments on mine tonight; glad you got the mole thing after a small delay!

Anonymous said...

mmmm I love strawberries. My dad and mum picked some and had them all ready for us to eat this weekend. We had strawberry shortcake twice!

Susan said...

Sounds like a fun filled or should I say berry filled day! I know you are all ready for a break!

Kahshe Cottager said...

It does sound like a wonderful day and I am glad you all enjoyed yourselves so much!

Thanks for your visit and comments!!

Rose said...

So glad you had a good day today, Suburbia! Of course, I was looking forward to that girls' only weekend:) Oh well, I'm not sure my passport is up to date anyway.
Those strawberries look yummy; raspberry season hasn't arrived here yet. Field taste tests are very important, though:)

this is my patch said...

I remember when strawberry picking with my mum, we would end up eating them as we went up and down the rows. Everyone must do don't they? Although you do have to remember to check no-one has red juice stains all over their mouths! x

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

I adore strawberries and was delighted by your visit. I'll be visiting here more.

starnitesky said...

I am glad you are feeling better now, what a lovely day you had picking strawberries, they always taste nicer when you have picked them yourselves.

scargosun said...

So much better than store bought...which is in my fridge right now. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, lovely strawberries - just right for Wimbledon time! How I miss good strawbs. They're so expensive here in Moscow :-(

But looking at that photo.......lovely lovely....


Mae said...

Those strawberries looks mouth-watering.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

What an absolutely lovely day, I could almost smell them...

I'd search for the best too, Small Sprog has it down just right.

I've been trying new kinds of fruit that I've never had before. The latest is Lychee; a Chinese fruit that looks like a strawberry with spikes all over the outside, and juicy white meat inside. Very good.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Suburbia said...

Hi Scarlet, nice to see you, mmmm lychees are indeed delicious. I love the fragranced sweetness as well as the texture. The little stone inside is rather pretty too (for a stone!)

Peter, it would be awful not to be able to have strawbs in the summer.

Scargosun and Starnitesky, yep they taste so much better when they are still warm from the sun!

Hi James, can't wait to see you again!(found you at Liz's by the way)

Hi Louise, I did check mouths before we paid!

Rose, it would be great to really meet up wouldn't it. I want a tour of your garden for a start!

Hi Kahshe!

Susan, you can tell I'm just hanging on in there!!

Alaina, twice?!!

BS5, thanks. Must have been Gert big moles too.

Liz said...

Wise decision on your part to go for the sweetest. So many these days don't taste of anything. That jam looks absolutely gorgeous bubbling away.

Glad you had a good day.