Strawberry picking at Claremont Farm

I've been planning out all the various blogs and vlogs that we've got lined up over the summer this past week or two. Lots of things to share, ideas, trips, reviews etc However, an unexpected last minute trip out to Claremont Farm to go strawberry picking has shoved everything on the back burner. 

Despite feeling a bit ropey this past few days, I even felt hungover despite not drinking (booooo!) Sarah suggested we goto Claremont Farm. I have, for one reason or another, never actually been strawberry picking before. Ever. 

I was honestly a bit mixed about it, felt rubbish, couldn't really be doing with dealing with too much but this place was like a cure for all ails. 

The whole process from waltzing in, picking up a basket, to just simply trundling down the straw lined lanes across the field was brilliant and made me feel tons better. 

It was great to just wander with my camera alone, a 35mm lens and that's it, no drones, no video, no lighting, no audio. Just back to the basics, shooting a photo story. Made me realise that photo stories flow more naturally and easier when its something I'm really into. 

We wandered and chatted, occasionally picking the odd one for ourselves (sorry folks!) and the rest for the basket. A couple of bonus raspberries and we paid up and went home to stuff our faces with meringues, squirty cream and the fruits of our labour (literally). 

Highly recommended for the mind and body. 

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Visit www.claremontfarm.co.uk for more info. 

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A Blustery Ol' Time down on Thurstaston Beach

Sometimes I adore just staying local at the weekends and not having to plod out for miles. We're super lucky to have some awesome natural places nearby. So we just stuck Jasper in the car and headed over to Thurstaston, down by the Dee Sailing Club. The weather was pretty blowy but it felt brilliant having the cobwebs blown away. The kids took no time in getting their shoes off and jumping straight in. Finn hasn't had a real pair of shoes on since we picked up his Turtles 'Crocs' from Primark he flippin' loves them and I will literally buy the kids anything with Turtles on them.

On a side note, kids and clogs (don't buy the branded crocs, they're an unnecessary cost and overpriced) are an awesome, easy going option for summer. They can get muddy, wet, sandy and they're always going to be fine. Super convenient for running in and out of the garden too. They're cheap as chips and come in loads of designs (way better than they used to be). Deffo pick up a pair (try supermarkets/Primark). 

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