I don't emulate Mrs Elton's large bonnet and basket but have been picking mine into a Tupperware bowl. I've lost all the labels telling me which varieties I have but fresh picked and sun warmed they are absolutely delicious. As are the broad beans.
The first year I started the strawberry patch, the birds got every single one and I nearly grubbed up the lot in disgust. I'm glad I didn't because they crop better every year and the terrifying plastic owl suspended over the bed does seem to keep the thieves away. I throw rotten fruit onto the path, hoping to fob them off but the squirrels have those. I must say a squirrel eating a strawberry is a cute sight. They leave the pips: how they do that?