I was first in the metaphorical queue, then, when the opportunity came to rent the same tree again this year. Saturday saw the annual "blossom weekend" at the cherry farm (we missed this last year as we rented the tree after the blossom had, well, blossomed.) How lucky we were that the rain stayed away and off we set in the trusty motor car, destination Northiam in Kent. The countryside really is looking beautiful now. We were only away on holiday for a couple of weeks but at this time of the year, the difference in nature is always very apparent when we return.
The cherry farm enjoys a very bucolic setting, all ramshackle barns, twisted old trees and grass that brushes your calves as you walk in it.
We set off in search of our tree. Ah, here it is, row 13, the variety of cherry being "Colney".
Ah, what beauty. I'll let the photos speak for themselves...
Fellow cherry tree renters were making merry in the fields. The hog roast smelled very tempting, shame they ran out of bread rolls! I was more than happy with the local brew.
To top off the day for the boys, Northiam just happens to have an old steam railway (The Kent and East Sussex Railway). Well, we could hardly not drop in...
It's a beautifully picturesque setting and very well preserved. It was once a very busy line, in the days when Kent was full of hop fields, bringing the hop pickers to work.
I wouldn't mind having that view whilst waiting for my train!
Further up the line, is the lovely town of Tenterden. Now, I'm always up for a trip here as there are some rather nice shops (and tea shops too). This station is so well kept. I think this looks like a page in one of the Munchkin's (many many) railway books...
All around there was beauty in nature, too.
Ah, this time of year makes me feel so very lucky to live in this wonderful country of England.