This way then...
It's a very ramshackle place but it's just how you want it to be. No machinery required here, thank you. No plastic containers, no supermarket stickers.
A few lucky folks employed by Rent-a-Cherry-Tree have the arduous task of basking in the sunshine by the gates to the cherry tree field, ready to welcome us pickers and remind us of the cherry picking rules. You must gently pull the cherry stalks upwards, making sure you do not disturb the leaves and the tiny little buds next to them which shall yield next year's precious crop.
Off you go then, Hen. Just in case you forget where your tree is, it's in Row 13, tree 45B!
I look forwards. There's nothing but laden cherry trees.
It's exactly the same when I look behind me, too!
Ah, here we are. Row 13, tree 45B, remember! Pull back the netting which keeps those voracious birdies at bay, and let me at 'em!
Looks to be a good crop.
Oh golly, they look delicious! There's been quite a lot of rain this year though, so a lot of the fruit is splitting. Good job I came to pick today and didn't wait any longer.
I feel a bit sorry for myself as I note that the renters of the tree next to ours are there picking too. There are three of them. Three adults including a big tall strapping bloke to pick all the cherries at the top of the tree. There are a lot of cherries. A lot. For tree 45B, the picking team consists of just yours truly! The Munchkin is sadly still in school and because of the heavy rain forecast tomorrow, I decided I couldn't wait to pick the cherries when my sister comes to stay next week. We'll find something else to do. Like go to Liberty, perhaps. I do implore the very nice Polish chap who showed me the way to our tree to linger and perhaps help me reach the ones high up. How kind of him.
Better just taste one... errm, maybe two, then... or three(?) to make sure they are ok. Oh my, oh yes, they are the best!
How many have I eaten now? Oooh, I've lost count but my tummy is starting to ache!
I soon get lost in the task. Not a bad day's work, picking cherries in the lovely peaceful, sunny English countryside, sampling the odd cherry, thinking about all sorts of things, trying to think up as many recipes as possible which include cherries!
A couple of hot hours later, they're all picked. Off I go, back home, with my ruby treasure.
Please feel free to pass on your bestest cherry recipes!