Grandma and Grandad have a little orchard in their garden. In the spring, it is beautiful thanks to all the blossom and then there’s the fun of being able to pick fruit in the summer and autumn. There are apple trees and plum trees, a cherry tree and blackberry bushes. The plums will be ready in a couple of weeks and we’ll look forward to apples and blackberries at the end of the summer. The cherries are now ready to be picked though. The birds often eat them though before we get a chance to pick them. However, this year we’ve managed to get there first!
I love fruit picking with the girls. It’s good for them to learn where different food comes from. We have raspberries growing in our garden and we also try to grow some simple salad items too. The girls know that they are not allowed to pick anything and eat it unless a grown-up tells them it is okay to do so. They’ve not been too keen on trying any of the lettuce or cress we’ve grown. The fruit always goes down well though.
Jessica and Sophie had fun picking the cherries. Grandma and I held down the branches so they could reach them. Most of the cherries are still a little under-ripe but will ripen in the bowl over the next couple of days. If we leave them on the tree any longer, the birds will have them. Some of the cherries were ripe enough to eat straightaway though. Fruit always tastes so much nicer when it’s been freshly picked, doesn’t it?
We managed to fill the girls’ trays with as many cherries as we could reach. There are still quite a few higher up on the tree. No doubt the birds will enjoy them though!
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.