For Joshua and I we have been strawberry picking many times.
However Ollie and Jacob have never been. So in order to remedy that fact this weekend we headed off to a local Pick Your Own field, Hills in Kirklington Nottinghamshire.
We were the first ones there and while waiting for the staff to open the field the boys got to meet the farmers newest scarecrows!
Jacob is at the age where any means of escaping on his own two feet instead of being picked up or being fastened into the pushchair is great so he didn’t seem to care about the strawberries but was thrilled at having a basket and freedom.
I guess for a 16 month old having strawberries ripe for the picking in their millions all at your height is the definition on heaven but for us it was hard work.
A squished strawberry covered toddler is fairly difficult to grapple with as one strawberry goes in and he tries to run away at the same time with both hands full of strawberry, however the juice trail gives him away!
Thankfully we let Joshua pick most of he fruity beauties as he is an old hand at it now and knows how to look for the biggest and juiciest offerings the fields have.
It didn’t take long to get a good selection of fruit to take home which is probably a good job as it was fairly windy across the fields and Jacob by now wanting to take the strawberries from anywhere possible from the plant, someone else’s hands or even direct from the punnet he wasn’t choosy as long as they were going in!
This years annual strawberry picking lasted only half an hour this year as Jacob was perhaps a little too small but we enjoyed ticking this one of our bucket list of activities for this year.