We were the first to arrive, but were quickly joined by the lovely Dominique and her son G, and Sara and family from Keep Up With The Jones Family who I've wanted to meet for ages. We dodgy AP types are few and far between in the UK blogging world, so it's always good to connect with people when we can. Plus they were great fun too, and the children all got on well and enjoyed themselves. They loved playing on the climbing frame and slide, and in the sand pit.
We even found some Carpenter Bees busy at work in the slats of the bridge. Lara was fascinated by them.
Knowing where your food comes from and gathering it yourself is one of the most important steps to consuming a healthy diet, especially for young children. There really is nothing nicer, or more valuable, than spending time in the garden, at the allotment, or at a pick your own farm, and then cooking with and eating your bounty afterwards. At Q Gardens in Oxfordshire, there were several ripe crops, including strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. The girls couldn't wait to get stuck in!
It was so nice to be amongst cherry trees again, with their distinctive shape and smell. Cherry orchards once covered tens of thousands of acres across Britain, but since the 1950s more than 90% of these have been destroyed. All those Cherry/Cherrytree street names you see in our towns and villages are the last echo of those orchards. If you can get to a pick your own cherry orchard this month, do! Fresh British cherries taste wonderful, so different to the imports the supermarkets offer.
These photos of Lara by http://jacquelinecrossphotography.com/
Sophia and Tatiana couldn't reach the cherries, so we headed off into the strawberry field instead. Tatia couldn't believe her luck, being plonked in a field to pick and eat as many strawberries as she could get her hands on! Amazingly, some did make it into the basket though.
Here's our scrumptious bounty of cherries and strawberries; we also nabbed a quickly-picked basket of raspberries too. At home, we whipped up a cherry and almond crumble, cherry tray bake, strawberry lollies, Eton mess, and ate plenty too! (Recipes coming soon.)
We reviewed Cherry Good Juice earlier this year, and highly recommend it as a great picnic drink, so the girls were delighted to see these cute bottles appear at picnic time.
Steve's hoodie c/o Weird Fish
After the picnic, Tatiana amused herself by playing with the Cherry Good bunting, and then running down a slope in the garden with Sophia, which was hilarious.
She also enjoyed feeding her sister some!
Cherry Good Juice is available from leading supermarkets
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