David writes:

If you travel for an hour north from where we live, you can cross the border with South Africa into Ficksburg.  It’s the heart of a fruit growing region and this weekend they held their annual cherry festival.  It’s like a small-scale county agricultural show, but with the events including a cherry pip spitting competition.

Cherry picker

We missed the competition but took a tour out to a fruit farm, where we were able to pick cherries fresh from the tree … as well as buy them from the farm shop afterwards.  I’ve never been too impressed with cherries before, but these were big and sweet – a real treat.