Time (for strawberry picking)

The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales

Time passes, seasons change and the boys grow older, taller and louder by the minute (and the decibel), but one thing seems to remain consistent ... their love of strawberry picking. Last year, we spent at least a couple of mornings a week, between June and August, at our local farm selecting the reddest and ripest of the plentiful crop. It's serious business when you're two and four and determined to have a punnet full better than your brother's (check out the levels of concentration and the sneaky looks at each other's haul in this post - Jam-tastic).

Whereas last year we were three, we've lost one to school, so this week, for the very first PYO of the season, we went as two. Overcast but warm, maybe the grey skies put potential pickers off as we had the strawberry fields to ourselves. Up and down the rows we went, moving leaves, waving to bugs, and thoroughly inspecting the offerings before deciding which would make the cut and come home with us.

These annual rituals always hit me smack bang in the heart. It's when you realise how much your children have grown and changed in a year. You see them in the exact same spot but they're no longer the two year old with a slight wobble in their walk and a handful of words with which to communicate. They're your three year old who can run 'as fast as Lightning McQueen' and with the ability to converse with pretty much anyone about pretty much anything (cars, tractors and police officers being firm favourites, though).

My little dude. I can't believe I'll be waving him off to nursery come September. Who will I go strawberry picking with next year?!

The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales
The Ordinary Lovely: Strawberry picking at Hawarden Farm Estate in North Wales