In The Garden

Day 5 of the experiment and it’s going pretty well.  I seem to be waking up earlier and earlier (545 this morning!) but that’s not a bad thing as the clocks go forward to British Summer Time tomorrow.  I’m finding the time in bed just after waking naturally is perfect for catching up on blogs in my Byline reader. I didn’t do so well remembering to take breaks yesterday – I found myself doing that one-thing-leads-straight-into-another thing for most of the afternoon.  I managed to find 15 minutes to meditate in My Room just before taking C to Stagecoach but when that was interrupted by J ringing the doorbell (for reasons still unknown :-|) my reaction told me I could have done with a few of those short breaks earlier!  But at least we made the most of the continuing warm weather.

C helped me sow some carrot seeds.  According to the notes that came with our vegetable planter, carrots are super-easy to grow; but then someone told me they need something called a fine tilth over them, so we dutifully made some tilth with our new potting riddle (so many lovely new words!) and sprinkled it over.

We’ve now got spring onion, lettuce, beetroot and carrot seeds outside, pepper seedlings on the kitchen windowsill, and cucumber, tomato and butternut squash seeds in the propagator.  Who knows how much that’s edible that we’ll actually end up with, but the process of watching a seed germinate is so satisfying, this definitely isn’t only about the end product.

Watering the compost in the sunshine gave C a hankering for an outdoor shower herself, so I was persuaded to dig  out the sprinkler and hose and those crazy kids played in it for a good half hour then got dry lying in the sun wrapped in towels.  Ski tans were topped up!  I remember now how much is involved on my part in these kind of summer activities (fetching swimmers & towels, sorting them out afterwards, supervising coming back in to avoid muddy footprints through the house) which accounts for my forgetting to take those breath-stops.

A lovely day in the sun.  And I’m ready with the plastic bags to protect our seeds from next week’s threatened  frosts!

Homeschooling In The Spring

Yesterday really was the most glorious spring day in our part of the world.  My spirits soared as we set off with some home ed friends for an all-day walk in the woods. C only started homeschooling in January so this is the first year we are totally free to enjoy the sunny seasons together – no school run to get back for, no one missing out.


T-shirts were worn.

There was even paddling!


What else have we been doing?  C started working on a birthday present for Granny, a cushion with heart motif, her own creation inspired by something she saw in a craft magazine.  We are learning this sewing business together and I am joyfully letting go of any vestiges of perfectionism as we do.  In the absence of tailor’s chalk (now on the shopping list) we used a felt tip to draw around C’s heart template, figuring no one would see the black line as we’d have the other side face up.  A few moments later we realised that some fabrics have a “wrong side” as well as a “right side”!  It’s a small thing, but our heartfelt, shared laughter as we realised our “mistake” may have been the best feeling I’ve had all week – you know the kind of laughter where you try to carry on with what you were doing but you start off laughing all over again whenever you catch the other person’s eye? 😀

It was C’s turn to choose a recipe from our new cupcake book.   Inspired by Gaynor over on Navigating By The Stars, I thought this would be a fun way of learning new baking skills.  Last time J chose maple & pecan cupcakes which were super-yummy and involved a lot of learning about sugar crystals (it took four goes to get the caramelised topping!).

This week we did gingerbread cakes with lemon icing.  The recipe used the melting method which I’d never used before.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was.  The hardest part was getting the syrup and treacle off the tablespoon!

We read Swallows & Amazons as we ate,  getting into the spirit of poetry tea which we’re having with Gaynor next week.  I’m really looking forward to that.

Today is the library and then our regular free day at home before C’s long Stagecoach class this evening.  It makes me realise I’ve been doing pretty well with prolonging the post-holiday glow that this doesn’t feel like a “reward” for a busy few days but rather a natural continuation of a lovely, relaxed week 🙂

My Library Thing

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