The redcurrants shone so brightly in the sunshine that you could see them from over the bay and yet the birds didn’t seem to bother much with them. Half of our redcurrant bushes are in the open, with no netting to protect them, and there were some signs, from feathers and droppings, that the birds had been there, but the losses were minimal. I think the ants got more, and there was some mould damage because of the rain. But today we harvested 50 lbs (about 22 kilos) of almost perfect berries, which is as good a day’s work as we are likely to achieve. We can enjoy those summer puddings with a clear conscience.