Celebrating National Cherry Day with Cherry Good #CherryGoodPicnic

There are few things we love doing more than picking fruit and picnicking, so when we were invited by one of our favourite brands, Cherry Good, to combine both, we jumped at the chance.  We duly set off up to Oxfordshire last Thursday, National Cherry Day, ready to pick cherries, eat cherries, and have fun!

We were the first to arrive, but the girls quickly threw themselves into exploring and playing.  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 Jacqueline Cross Photography

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!

The girls love the Cherry Good Juice, so they were delighted to see these cute bottles appear at picnic time.

We were treated to a delicious picnic lunch which the girls really enjoyed, with Tatiana as ever trying lots of new things and eating whatever she could get her hands on!

Steve's hoodie c/o Weird Fish

For dessert we had, of course, cherries, straberries, and some delicious cakes made by the ladies from Q Gardens' tea rooms.

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.

By then the sun had come out, but luckily there was some delicious cherry sorbet to help her cool down - and add to the collection of food marks on her face!!

She also enjoyed feeding her sister some!

The girls had a brilliant time, ate their own body weight in fruit, giggled until they cried, and slept all the way home - a grand day out!

Cherry Good Juice is available from leading supermarkets

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