The beautiful sunny weather outside this past week has made me reminisce to days from my childhood. As children, weekends were spent with my parents taking us to new places and exploring the best of what England has to offer.
A very fond activity we all did together in summer was to go strawberry picking. There were many farms around where we lived but we ended up having a favourite to which we would return several times during the specific months.
It was set in vast countryside, overlooking hills, where animals would graze freely, rabbits hopped around chasing each other (and we them) where families could come to enjoy the setting and escape the bustle of everyday life. It was beautiful!
The thing that made this particular farm really special were the proprietors. They didn’t care so much for how much money we spent there but rather, wanted to make sure we had a good time. We would be given our baskets on entry, to collect the strawberries in, and showed how to weigh them at checkout. However, then we were told something, which to the ears of children – was mind-blowing!
We could eat as much as we wanted as we went around and only had to pay for what we brought back in our baskets! SERIOUSLY?!
And so we did! We would eat about 5 and bucket 1… Eat another 5 and bucket 1… And so on! Absolutely heavenly… There were no restrictions, no health and safety regulations, no being told we had to wash the fruit before eating it, just pop in your mouth and on to the next.
As you can imagine, we used to leave with belly aches every time we went there and we would swear that next time we would eat less, obviously that never happened.
The simplicity of these times is what makes me really appreciate this memory.
Do you have a fond memory from your childhood about a special place you used to visit? Please leave me a comment below as I would love to hear about it…
Lets take a trip down memory lane…