Well here we are, the start of yet another week but wondering where the last one disappeared to so quickly? Some of us around the HenHouse having been taking it all in their stride.
Others have limped through the last week of school which was the predictable flurry of events such as sports day...
..and some very proud parents attending prize giving where the Munchkin received the award for his class for academic achievement.
Friday then, was time to get out once the torrential showers ceased, and have some downtime.
We headed away from London, it's surprising how you don't have to go very far to find yourself in the country. A spot of good old fashioned fruit picking was called for.
I was thinking of all those empty jam jars on my utility room shelves which needed filling. Others were being very silly indeed.
We had a lovely afternoon, I do love a spot of fruit picking. Just a shame we got carried away and ended up with 50 lbs of fruit?!
Needless to say, out came the pans and the jars on Saturday and 41 jars of jam of various fruity varieties were made. I was pretty much good for nothing by the end of Saturday!
Time to have a restful day on Sunday, then? During our visit to the Hampton Court Flower Show last week, we chatted to the folk on a stand promoting lavender and their farm in Kent just happened to be having an open weekend. Ahhhh, breathe deeply.
The fragrance in the air really was incredible. I have always wanted to see fields full of lavender; we went to a lavender farm on the Isle of Wight last Summer which was completely rubbish but this was magnificent. And I didn't even have to go to Provence!
The open day went really well as the farm was very organised and there were all sorts of activities going on, food for sale, tastings and even massages in the lavender fields.
It's a really beautiful spot.
Onwards though for this weekend there was another cause for great annual excitement, yes it was finally cherry picking day! For several years now, we have rented a cherry tree in Northiam, East Sussex. We can visit to see the blossom in Spring and then in early Summer, we get the real prize when we get to pick oodles of delicious cherries.
Someone enjoyed themself. This is surely what childhood memories are made of (hope so!)
I'm afraid I was worn out after all that jamming on Saturday and spent the first hour with a spot of relaxing crochet. It got a bit hot for that blanket though! (Mmm, do I always crochet with my head on the side?!)
This year, we took a little picnic with us which we feasted on amongst the cherry trees.
Don't be fooled that it was all hard work for the boys!
The question is, having vowed on Saturday night that I never wanted to see a jam jar ever again, just what do I do with this little lot (and this is about a third of our harvest!) I see pies and more importantly, I see the freezer!
Somewhere along the line, I managed to pull my finger out and take lots of photos of lovely things I've made in recent times and my Etsy shop has undergone a major boost. Patchwork cushions, quilts, bunting, bags, bunny teds, owls, dolly quilts, they're all there so please feel free to take a look here if you, or someone near and dear, needs and deserves a treat! You are welcome to buy direct from me if you prefer, I just find for lots of little items, it can be easier to load up Etsy (rather than my blogshop) and allow people to browse at their leisure.
P.S. I am away on hols from Friday for a week or so, as such orders and posting need to take place this week if you want your goodies in the foreseeable future. Thanks.