Try this in Summer :: berry picking!


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If you’ve been a reader of this little space since the beginning, you’ll know that I’ve mentioned wanting to go berry picking every single summer since Cider with Rosie first took shape. I included it on a summer to-do list I wrote back in 2012 (I can’t for the life of me find the post I’m thinking of to link to, which is probably just as well really!), and yet, despite promising ourselves we’ll go each year when the sun begins to shine, we never quite get around to it.

But no more! We finally went (we being my little sister and I, who I’m spending as much time with as possible now before she disappears off to Tanzania for most of the summer), and it was even lovelier than I’d hoped.

I think to be honest, you’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic summer activity than that of berry picking. Wandering up and down the rows of strawberry, raspberry and gooseberry plants armed with a basket or two, scouring the beds for the ripest looking fruit, then carefully snapping each berry off its stem- it’s summer encapsulated. The strawberry patch smells caramelly sweet, and the temptation to taste as you pick is almost too hard to resist. Resist we did though, and the wait was worth it.

After loading our baskets with almost 3 kilos of fruit and paying for the lot, we sat down in a patch of sunshine and feasted on the freshest fruit I’ve ever tasted…plus a treat of yoghurt and forest fruit gelato from Danieli’s to boot.

The very essence of a beautiful British summer in every sweet mouthful.

{Past seasonal ‘To Dos’}
Try this :: homemade ice-cream.
Try this :: gallery hopping.
Try this :: practise a skill.
Try this :: festive baking.
Try this :: get lost in the countryside.
Try this :: have a hot chocolate picnic.

p.s. The berry farm we visited was Crockford Bridge Farm in Addlestone, & my dress is a bargain find from here, of all places!

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  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I love your dress here! x

  • Trudy Johanna

    I haven’t been berry picking since I was a kid! x
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  • By Rosie

    Such a gorgeous day. I need to go berry picking before I head back to Sydney. Thank you for helping out with my to-do list. Rosie x

  • Patti Blue

    Sounds like the perfect summer day! I remember going berry picking when I was a child, but haven’t been since then!

  • alex

    Your hair is insanely stunning! Alex

  • Cathryn Daws

    Such a lovely day. We went a while back. Although we were rather naughty and tasted a few as we went round!

  • Pili G

    This looks like such a lovely summer activity! Love your dress and the place looks amazing!

    Good luck to your sister in Tanzania(that actually sounds pretty amazing!)



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  • Amy Eleanor | Ameldi

    Berry picking is such a lovely summer activity, we used to go all the time when we were children. I’ve been meaning to go for the last few years but time always rushes away and I never get around to going! Your dress is so cute as well!

  • Mimmi

    Going berry picking is one of my summer goals this year, but so far I just haven’t had the chance! I’ve gone a few times before, in earlier years, and it’s really such a lovely thing to do.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    I love that dress Rosie; I went berry picking a lot as a child but have never been as an adult.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Annabel

    There is nothing more summery & British then picking strawberries, I do it every year haha. Normally around Wimbledon time of course!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    Oh, I adore this! What lovely photos. <3

  • Camille

    I always try to go pick strawberries in the summer. This year we also tried to add blueberries to the list, but I ended up being on holiday whenever they came into season. Oh well, next year!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Lauren S

    We’ve lived near a berry picking farm for 14 years yet still haven’t visited – it’s such a nice activity in the warm weather, need to give it a go soon!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Charlie

    I loved to berry pick when I still had a garden. It brings back so many childhood memories too when I do. Don’t fruits taste that much better when you’ve picked them yourself ! Beautiful pictures as always !

    xx, Charlie

  • Jordan1414

    Great stuff, thanks. For more visit

  • Sammie

    Picking berries is one of my favourite summer traditions! I live five minutes from a fruit farm on the Suffolk border and my husband and I love to visit at least once every summer for some fresh berries.

    I love your dress, too!


    I enjoy reading this post so much. Your writing and photo make me want to pick berries. It is such an enjoyable summer activity.

  • Sophie Harrison

    I adore berries (could eat them all day long!) but haven’t been berry picking in SO long. Definitely must find somewhere to go, I live in the countryside so shouldn’t be hard! Glad you put where the dress is from as it is perfect for summer :)

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  • Anne-Sophie ~ City Cookie

    Ohhh I’ve just added berry picking to my list of things I have to do ASAP! This looks like such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I’m off to google ‘berry picking near london’ :)

    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

  • Flo

    Oh my goodness that looks like such a fun thing to do! I have always wanted to go berry picking too.
    Have lots of lovely time with your sister.
    Flo x

  • HelenB

    What a lovely countryside idea! I’d love to do this in a vineyard, I believe there’s one near me that offers it but it’s essentially free labour as anything you pick just goes into the wine they sell… anyway, great post.

  • Sophie (Sophie Loves Food)

    This place looks great. Definitely need to go. Have you been to Garsons farm in Esher? They have a pick your own too.

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