At the start of every season I make a small to-do list - a list which reminds me of all of the great things that I can enjoy at that particular time of year and inspires me to explore and enjoy more surroundings.


Each year these to-do lists change but one thing that stays on my summer list is strawberry picking. It’s always the most fun heading out to a local farm and scouting for the freshest of berries, munching them on the way and saving a punnet to take home later.


There’s something about fruit picking that brings me so much happiness. It reminds me of my childhood and summers spent with my Granny. Every walk we took during the warmer months we would hunt for berries, high and low, with Granny always finding the very best ones to give to my sister and I. It’s a no frills activity but something that I love and have always enjoyed.

It’s also so refreshing to get outside and escape the city. Just under 30 minutes from our flat in the West End of Aberdeen is Middleton Farm, Potterton where from mid-July you can pick strawberries to your heart’s content, whilst enjoying the surroundings of lambs, chickens and a true country setting.


This plaid Gal Meets Glam dress that I wore on our most recent visit was perfect for a summer’s day in the countryside. It’s so breathable, easy to wear and perfect with a cardigan and pair of wellies.


After we picked our strawberries I sat in the sunshine researching a few strawberry recipes that would use up the berries. One of my favourties was a summer sponge cake which will likely appear in my ‘recipes’ section in no time.