Sunday, 26 June 2011

Summer is here!

Well, today has been absolutely delightful. The sun has been beaming down on us all afternoon and the temperature has reached 29 celcius.
I was unsure whether the good weather we had been promised all week would actually reach us when the sky was filled with grey all throughout Saturday. There was quite a blowing wind too, which added to our doubts.
We had been searching for somewhere to go strawberry picking in the local vicinity. Like I said in a previous post, the biggest ones in the area had shut down, so we were less than optimistic of finding somewhere really local. However, it was nice to see a sign for a ‘PYO’ in Dunnington, a very small village about 3 miles from us. We went yesterday and picked a bucket load of delicious, juicy strawberries. We enjoyed some yesterday with some scones and cream, and we are going to have some tonight after a barbeque at Amy’s house. The rest will be frozen for use at a later date.
You can see in this picture why I was quite doubtful about the gorgeous weather reaching us..

The wind was ripping through the open field!
Here is Amy with her ‘champion’ strawberry...

It was massive, and the perfect shape too!

Here is the final pickings...

Cost us £9 in total. But compared to buying the supermarket you can’t beat the flavour, freshness and the support to the local producers. When you work it out that Marks and Spencer’s strawberries cost £4.40 a kilogram, these were a bargain because we got almost 4 kilos.
The afternoon was very pleasant despite the grey skies. Picking your own is great fun, and gives you a real sense of getting back to nature.
I’m off now to enjoy the rest of this baking heat , and fill my face with some lovely barbeque food.
Enjoy the rest of your day, please think of me when I start work at 5am.



  1. Looks great. We will be going blueberry picking this weekend if we get the chance. We go to the same farm every year and they send us a post card each year when the blueberries are ripe. They have the most perfect farm. It is my dream farm.!

  2. We've got another gorgeous day here today. Our strawberries are producing well again this year, they're my favourite bit of the allotment.


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