Sunday roast is back on the menu…….

….and it’s here to stay!! Slow food meets slow parenting!! The perfect combo!!

A roast dinner round here had become a bit of an annual event!! Yes Christmas day!! But it’s back on the menu now, not only because it’s delicious and nutritious but also because the kids love it. From prepping the broccoli, to washing the potatoes, mixing the crumble, setting the table, there are so many ways the children can be involved. It gave them a real purpose today and something they could be proud of. Most importantly though ‘sunday roasting’ gets us all eating together and talking together. And that’s precious in this fast paced world we find ourselves living in.

So after a particularly grueling shift for daddy, we decided to treat him to the works. We’ve had roast chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli, gravy, apple and strawberry crumble and custard for tea. A-MAZ-ING!!!

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What exactly am I looking for in a pond?

After yesterday’s ‘standing and staring’ epiphany, we decided to have a long hard look (shalI I coin that LHL?!!!) in a pond today but it suddenly occurred to me once on the decking, lying on my tummy next to my excited children, that I didn’t actually know what I was looking for or what I was seeing!!

Pond skaters, dragonflies and the red admiral butterfly were the limit of my abilities but luckily my Biology-teaching best friend was right next to me to rescue us!! Mayflies, water bugs, water beetles,snails, wigglies, water slaters, shrimps and newts were all in the running today! How exciting!!

We’ve been recommended the RSPB First Book of Pond life so once it’s arrived (it’s on order !!!) I think a proper pond dip might well be on the cards!!

Looking forward to it already, Cx

P.S. Wigglies are worms, fly larvae, leeches, flatworms and other worm like creatures which tend to get lumped together as ‘wigglies’. Love it!!

P.P.S. Also loving the water boatman  – they are very special!! They actually look like they have a little pair of oars as they glide across the surface of the water! Did you know it is the loudest animal on Earth relative to its body size? Although I wont go into details how they make the sound!!! Stridulation! Outrageous!!!

Stop and stare for a while!

We (the children and I) rush around madly everyday and sometimes forget to see what’s actually going on around us. But today we did ‘stop a while’ and I suppose we did have a good old ‘stare’ too!!! And what pray tell took our attention? !!!! Hmmmm, a lorry. Yes that’s right we spent 10 minutes staring at a lorry but it was a very exciting lorry I tell you!! A delivery one with a mechanical arm with a hook on the end. The kids watched in wonder as one by one the supplies were hooked up and transferred to the ground!! The children were crouching and standing and cheering, discussing and  questioning. The operative waved at them and seemed to be pleased to have some onlookers. He even said to us on passing ‘it’s better than watching TV kids’!!!! And you know what, for those 10 minutes it was!!

So I think a bit more ‘stopping’ and ‘staring’ is required from now on although I’m going to have to revise my ‘hookloaders’ for future reference!!!!

On that note, I’ll leave you with this……………………………….

 

Leisure by William H Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

The doughnut challenge

Have you ever eaten a doughnut without licking your lips? It’s virtually impossible to do so!!!  Why not have fun trying with your little ones. We recently took up the challenge and all laughed our heads off in the process!! Our children hadn’t even tried a doughnut before then, can you believe!! Eating together, laughing together, being together – all part of our new ‘slow’ fashioned way!!!!!

And to quote a fast food restaurant’s famous phrase. It was ‘ finger lickin’ good’ too’!!!!

Save those sweetie wrappers…….

………especially the quality street ones!!!!!! They are just fab for crafting especially as you get a ‘foily’ bit and a translucent colourful ‘plasticy’ bit.  Perfect for making a collage or three!! Here’s some other great things you can make with your quality street wrappers.  From one blogger to another ! Take it away !!!!!

http://redpeffer.me.uk/art-and-craft/great-things-to-do-with-quality-street-wrappers/

Get to know your trees

Do you know your alder from your elder? Your birch from your beech? A willow from a maple or a chestnut from an oak?

No!!!????!!!!

Well autumn is just the perfect time of the year to get out in the woods with the kids and start getting to know the trees. There are an amazing array in our native woodlands and in the autumn the trees are giving away their clues! Beech nuts, conkers, acorns, elderberries, catkins, sycamore seeds are everywhere and children just love to collect them.  I am no expert so often we take a little reference book out with us to help us recognise trees from their seeds and leaves (Usborne Spotter’s Guide to Trees).Its like solving an outdoors puzzle or being on a ‘tree’ treasure hunt! Our favourite has to be the oak. My daughter and I always love looking at the wavy oak leaves and love gathering acorns together. Craft and art possibilities are endless when it comes to leaves and seeds. Conker rolling in paint,  leaf printing, leaf crowns, collages, seed mobiles, wreath making to name but a few. And of course, if you’re done looking at trees you can always have a go at climbing one!! Have fun x