April - came in quickly and quietly. Kind of crept up on me. I feel I've been sleeping a little this Spring. Spending far too much time sitting at my desk and not out there seeing the change of season in all it's glory. Before I know it the blossom will have finished and the trees will be in full leaf... and I'd have missed this special time of year. I need to get out more!
Right now, we are thankfully having the school Easter Holidays. It's silly. I feel somewhat panicking that the are days tripping by so quickly, I feel I haven't achieved all that I wanted... so much to do with my boys, these days are so precious.
Here are some things on our Easter break list...
* Gather wild garlic, make pesto & focaccia. Eat nettle soup. Make tender dandelion leaf omelette... mmmm
* Go see the drifts of bluebells. This is a must! To walk in dappled woodlands, among these wonderful British wildflowers is truly the best thing about Spring. I adore them.
* Make Easter decorations. I quite fancy these. But I know the boys will want to do these.
* Visit the Jurassic coast. Off on a fossil hunt.
* Charlie is at Forest School this week... so just Ru and I shall be hanging together. Bike riding and allotmenting.
* Sowing seeds. We still need to sow some pumpkins, squashes, cucumbers & sweet peas!
* Making bread for the #52loavesproject
* Eating a feast on Easter Sunday - an egg hunt, and plenty of chocolate!
* Hanging with good friends... spending quality time. No rushing, just being.
So if you are on Easter Break - or just wishing to slow down and enjoy the season - have a lovely one...
Easter Day we spent with my family. A delicious Sunday roast dinner, where we ate roasted spring lamb, followed by the richest darkest chocolate mousse. Suitably stuffed, we all de-camped to the nearby bluebell wood, where we set to working off the calories by building our own bivouac. There is already the most amazing tipi den, which the boys and every other child use as their own. But this year we decided to make our very own. Every member of my family was seen running through the woods, gathering large branches, calling to each other with owl hoots or cuckoo calls. I think this new den will be added to over the years... to make a grander alternative to the original bluebell den! Maybe we have just invented a new Easter Day family tradition. x
Happy Easter! The bunny came to the house over night and left chocolate smartie eggs for the boys. Which were devoured immediately before breakfast. It's going to be a sugar fuelled day. Off to my parents for Easter sunday roast - then for a walk to burn off the sugar rush! Have a wonderful day! x
This afternoon we walked through carpets of bluebells. I don't think I have seen such blue before. The smell was incredible. Priors Wood is a must for anyone living near Bristol. Thank you Cathy... for sharing this amazing place with us! I have offically been bluebelled! x
Today is my official first day of Easter holidays, I worked the past two days, so today is the day I have fun with my two sons, right?
Charlie was complaining yesterday of a sore throat, so I took him to the doctors this morning. They both have tonsilitus!
Both on different anti-biotics. Charlie for his throat and Rufus for his throat and his bunged nasal tubes and glue ear. I now have to remember to give their medicine at different times of the day, one an hour before meals and the other after!!! Aghhh
Oh well, on the bright side, it's a grey drizzley day, so we have made Easter Cards, decorated bird boxes and made a lego quarry..... phew! Not bad for poorly boys.
Let's hope the rest of the holidays are a little easier!
Hello! Sorry it's been so long since my last allotment instalment. Phew what a busy few weeks. We have had Easter, bitterly cold and not the Easter we were all so looking forward to. But the boys had great fun munching their way through masses of chocolate and having nearly a week of both parents around.
The last week before Easter holidays, the school had a blown Easter egg competition. So Charlie (with a tiny help from me...) made this wonderful 'EGGOSAURUS'!!!! He was so proud taking it into to school to show his friends. Little did he realise that his mummy and daddy had spent the evening before struggling to blow the contents of hens eggs out for him to decorate... not an easy task I can tell you. Whilst having egg yolk splashing me in the eye, I thought 'how many other parents are doing this right now'?
Charlie's social scene has hit a new level. I think there has been a 4th birthday party nearly every week for the past month. In most cases it has been fancy dress, Charlie is either Pirate or Superhero. I think we are in need of some fancy dress inspiration!! His favourite is most definitely 'SUPERCHARLIE'.
Charlie using his x-ray vision.
Well Spring finally showed is sunny face didn't it? And what an absolutely glorious few weeks we have had. Every chance we have had we have spent it at our plot, and she is looking marvellous if I do say so myself.
The little row of saladini that I sowed a few weeks ago has popped up and is looking perky in the April sun. The rabbit nibbled purple sprouting is fighting back, thanks to the great efforts of my lovely other half, the rabbits seem to be kept at bay. The broad beans, mangetout, garlic and onions are coming along great too...it's all doing alright. (Now I think I am going to regret these words as they come spilling out! - did someone mention Frost?)
We have spent many lazy hours picnicing with friends and watching the world go by whilst our children make mud chocolate cakes or play with their diggers. Rufus has been introduced to the world of potties and has had the joy of running around the plot in his pants and wellies. I have loved watching his chubby little legs run around the place.
Yes it has been a great few weeks, and here's to more sunshine, picnics and eating the fruits of our labour.