It's a lovely sunny day at the beginning of August, the kids need to burn off some energy, the obvious solution was to go blackberry picking!
Hats for protection from the sun, long sleeves and trousers for protection from the prickles, and we were off.
One of the great advantages of having a dog is that you get to scope out the bushes beforehand, so you know where you need to go for the best berries!
Secret to a successful blackberry picking session - take twice as many boxes as you think you'll need. Better to bring back empty boxes than curse yourself when you have to walk away from bushes dripping with luscious fruit.
Bag full of boxes full of blackberries, and we're off home. Energy used up, sunshine enjoyed, jam and cakes being planned.
Didn't seem to stop anyone from enjoying the walk home - even though we were all soaked to the skin, the kids carried on messing around and didn't seem bothered by the torrential rain!
Moral of the story :: nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!
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