Since discovering this PYO farm by accident one day a few years ago it has been one of the days out the entire family looks forward to most during the summer holidays.
"Mum, can we have lunch now please?" Were the first words out of the children's mouths once we had arrived. So we set up our picnic right by the raspberry hedges and enjoyed a lovely lunch.
I felt like a kid in a candy store; raspberries, runner beans, blackcurrants, courgettes, marrows, sweetcorn, I couldn't wait to begin picking. I had no particular list but what I did have was hundreds of recipes running through my mind that would taste delicious with these fresh ingredients.
The kids had other ideas, raspberries, strawberries and sweetcorn was what they had their sights set on and between the 3 of them they filled their baskets to the brim.
It's so heartwarming to see their faces alight with real enjoyment without a computer game, arcade, mobile phone or amusement park in sight.
It's days like these that make me realise that our dream of moving out to the English countryside and becoming more self sufficient are not just dreams but a reality that we are working hard to achieve and as hard as it can be at times is definitely worth pursuing.
Until next time...