The fruit picking season has started in earnest. Last week, while I was away, Margaret picked 7 lbs of strawberries and today I picked the first of the blackcurrants (3 1/2lbs) and raspberries (1 1/2lbs) plus 4 lbs of gooseberries. I forgot the first rule of fruit picking in our garden- wear wellington boots, whatever the weather. If you don’t, the red ants will be up your trouser leg in a jiffy. The bite of the red ant is pretty vicious and gets more painful the higher up your leg they reach. Today I was reminded very forcibly that there’s no gain without pain.