Sometimes the perfect summer memories are created with just the right blend of careful planning, with some spontaneous moments thrown in.
Take this glorious summer's walk we had a few weeks back. Armed with little more than some warmer clothes in case the weather changed, some juice and snacks in the bag and an OS map to save us getting hideously lost, we headed off to find an idyllic English Country field.
Following the footpaths, it was obvious that some of these routes had not been trodden in quite some time. The tangle of brambles and overgrown foliage provided ample opportunity for swashbuckling our way through, cutting a swathe through the undergrowth. Parts looked like fairytale lands, secret hidden worlds where nymphs and fairies must surely hide.
But sometimes, when taking the path less travelled, it's best to get a lift. Daddy's broad shoulders took the weight and lifted her high above the golden grasses, alive with the chirrup of crickets.
Discovering the perfect golden cornfield, it proved to be the ideal spot to stop for refreshment break. Nibbling on a piece of corn, Ruby noticed how the stalk was hollow, just like a drinking straw. Given that the harvested stalks are also called straw, we pondered whether this was the origin of straws as we know them.
The next field along had been cut, infact the combine harvester was just finishing up the last corner, gathering the wheat, so we picked up a stray stem, gave it a quick rinse through with water and tried it out. It was perfect!
The ideal countryside drinking straw to enjoy our refreshing Ocean Spray juice through.
Packed with vitamin C but with less sugar, Ocean Spray Light Cranberry Juice has only 20 calories per 250ml, so it's the perfect way to rehydrate on a summer day. Full of juicy flavour, it's a real hit with our family.
After all that adventuring it was time to return home for a snack of yoghurt-covered Craisins and another refreshing drink - it's thirsty work this exploring!
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