Pick Your Own

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Earlier in the week my friend Demi asked me if I wanted to go strawberry picking. I've never been before but she's visited a few times so I sussed that it must be good. The weather has been gorgeous so I thought what better way to spend my Saturday afternoon other than to have a leisurely wander in the sunshine picking the ripest and juiciest strawberries with my nearest and dearest? After working all week and getting to enjoy little sun, where was the sun on my day off? Nowhere to be seen, that's where. I begrudgingly settled for jeans and a sleeveless top incase the sun decided to put his hat on later in the day. I used my new L'Oreal salt spray to create a wavy look as after washing my hair this morning, I couldn't bear the thought of putting any sort of heat on it. Messy waves it was.


Demi's friend Rosie was also joining us on our little pick your own adventure so I met her for the first time when I arrived at Demi's. She's a really sweet girl and was really easy to get on with. We travelled a short ten minutes in the car and arrived at Grove Park near Ivinghoe. It wasn't too busy when we arrived, but we certainly got there just in the nick of time because as soon as we'd parked up, the car park started to fill up with eager fruit and veg pickers. We started by heading towards the gooseberries which didn't go down too well. Instead, we headed back towards the strawberries and got stuck in. I love strawberries, especially in the summer, so I was in my element. In fact, we all were.





There were endless rows filled with strawberries embedded in greenery. I must admit, we did have to do a little digging in terms of lifting up the leaves and really rooting around to find the best ones, but it was fun. We did find a few mushy ones on the way, but those were firmly left behind. Of course, we did have a slight competition as to who could find the biggest, but it actually turned out to be who can find the most conjoined strawberries - Demi won with four. Baskets full to the brim, we headed over to where the vegetables were, and to our surprise, more strawberries. There were also raspberries but I'm not a massive fan so I gave them a miss.





We did get a few carrots, peas and potatoes though. It was weird getting fruit and veg straight from the ground instead of picking it up in the supermarket. I think some people must do their weekly veg shops from there as there were lots of people with wheelbarrows full of fresh goods. We didn't go crazy on the veg but we did pick up a few little bits to try. The sun did make an appearance a few times but it was genereally still quite warm with a slight breeze. Once we'd paid, which actually cost less than expected considering the amount we'd packed into our baskets, we drove back to Demi's to make strawberry milkshakes. Mmmmmmmmm.








I always go for chocolate when it comes to milkshakes, but how can you resist when you've hand-picked the strawberries yourself? We washed a selection of stawberries and blended them with milk and ice cream. The milkshake was so thick and frothy which is exactly how milkshakes should be. My only criticism is the seeds. I can't deal with seeds and I like my drinks to be smooth, especially milkshakes and fresh orange juice. Other than that it was really yummy and I enjoyed our home-made milkshake experience. Obviously a milkshake wasn't quite enough because we decided to pop to the pub for a quick drink. 


I enjoyed a vodka, soda water and lime and a packet of Darling Spuds sea salt crisps. I'm not really a crisp lover but there's something about a crisps and drink combo at the pub - it just works. We sat at a table by the canal and chatted as we sipped away in the sunshine. Well, 30 second spots of sunshine and 30 second gusts of wind. I had a really lovely afternoon and although it wasn't the hot sunshine that I'd hoped for, it didn't ruin the day in any way. I plan to polish off my strawberries tonight with a bowl of melted chocolate. Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?

12 comments:

  1. Yummy!! Perfect day-off activity Nicole!! xxx

    beleza-byems.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yummy but naughty with chocolate! I thought so too, eating and drinking is always a good bet!Xx

      Delete
  2. I've never been strawberry picking but it looks a lot of fun, and those milkshakes look delicious. I'm hoping the sun comes back, but we're due for thunderstorms up here in the North East. Followed your blog on bloglovin :) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was as delicious as it looks! Aw no we're due thunderstorms tomorrow boo :( Aw thanks hun, I love your blog design/layout, I've followed you too :) x

      Delete
  3. SO happy i found your blog during the bbloggers chat!! its amazing, im your newest follower!!!

    This looks like so much fun, and soo soo yummy!!!
    Roisin
    http://thefashionistaobserver.blogspot.ie/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw thank you, that's such a lovely thing to say!!! I've followed you too, and I need to get my hands on that LO'real Extraordinary Oil you blogged about!Xxx

      Delete
  4. What a fun thing to do :) the shakes look yummy.
    Adela x

    Misspinkstyle.net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They were! I've given your blog a follow :) x

      Delete
  5. these milkshakes look gorgeous! I just went strawberry picking at the weekend was so fun hehe :)following you now :) xx
    http://www.dreamlovelivefashion.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw where abouts did you go? Thank you so much, I'll have a look at your blog now :) x

      Delete
  6. This sounds like the perfect day! I wish my friends lived closer so we could do something like this!! I've just started following your blog and I nominated you for the Liebster award x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw maybe you'll have to plan in advance and do something like this :) Aw thank you very much!!!X

      Delete