The urge to get out and do something was overwhelming today but we didn't want to swap one set of walls for another. We needed fresh air.
Then I remembered we never did get around to strawberry picking. A quick look at Kenyon Hall Farm revealed strawberries, blackberries and raspberries were pretty much over but blackcurrants and broad beans were available.
Amy was happy to come but we had to prise Thomas off the X-box and out of his PJ's.
It took us about 30 minutes to get there which is a perfect drive for what would at most be a 2 hour outing. They have a fantastic farm shop crammed full of goodies and also a lovely cafe where we had a lunch of sandwiches plus a pork pie with apple for Mark.
Although it was cloudy it was warm and the place was really busy. There is a huge field for parking though so no problems there and they also have a play area where children were happily jumping off the hay bales and whizzing down the zip wire.
The blackcurrants were right at the top of the field and it wasn't long before everyone became engrossed in finding the biggest juiciest ones they could. Blackcurrant bushes are perfect for Thomas as they're not prickly and he really enjoyed filling up his container.
This little lot cost me £3.37. After lunch Thomas wanted to pick some more so me and him wandered back to the field while Amy and Mark sat on the picnic benches in the play area.
It was a lovely afternoon and the fresh air always clears my head. So much so that I came home all reinvigorated and found a little holiday, although it does depend on whether we can get the dogs into kennels.
Meanwhile, I have jam jars to sterilise and jam to make.