Into the woods & back again

Today we went to the woods.

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Although we did not stay long, my non-outdoorsy child spent every second building, dreaming , and enjoying. All because the rangers had enough foresight to leave offcuttings & a few examples.

I don’t think we could give him anything more valuable than possibility.

Today we went to the woods.

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Although we did not stay long, my non-outdoorsy child spent every second building, dreaming , and enjoying. All because the rangers had enough foresight to leave offcuttings & a few examples.

I don’t think we could give him anything more valuable than possibility.

my world today.

My green thumb does look better than it actually is… most of these were given to me partially grown… but they’re still alive! (although I did discover last night that i’ve been watering sunflowers for a month that didn’t actually have any seeds planted!! oops!!!!!!!!) and the first picture is phil’s father’s day present from eden.

Eden LOVED doing it, so this means I’m going to get braver with arts & crafts. He’s never been that into it, but i think i’ve been giving him the wrong tools. since having a table his height, he uses crayons more… but we’ve got old crayons that maybe aren’t so good as modern ones? (I’m talking vintage crayons inherited from eden’s great, great grandmother!) by good, i mean easy to use… and he really liked using a paintbrush, so i’m wondering about more complicated projects… I’ve cut out a sun & a moon of cardboard and I’m hoping to get him to ‘decorate’ them… he loves pointing them out in books so i thought we could hang them somewhere…maybe…if i’m not traumatised by the experience.

I’ll let you know.

ethics, prawns & scrummy risotto

seriously, who thought of eating those things? but they did. and, despite my love-hate relationship with them, the world goes crazy over them. and the day before i watched BBC’s Blue Planet’s Deep Trouble, I bought some. I won’t again, unless something changes. but I did make a SERIOUSLY scrummy risotto with some of them… recipe to follow.

Sometimes it is dizzy-ing keeping track of what is ok to eat and what isn’t, particularly when you love food, which I obviously do. I have avoided cod for such a long time that it is second nature, and we only buy free range chicken (except for very occasional ‘we really can barely pay our bills moments). I don’t buy Young’s fish products, because they ship all their fish to china to be prepared & packaged! … but turns out prawn fishing, unless you’re looking to some eastern Australian fishermen, is destroying the ocean. so that’s another one off our list. (and it only just got there!!) and when it comes to other things, we barely shop and when we do we boycott places like primark …

Someone once said to me that it must be exhausting having all those principles… but i simply cannot justify the cost to either the world, or other people… sure primark is lovely and cheap but the clothes are disposable, which makes our waste situation even worse.. and their ethics are barely there – someone else is paying the price for my cheap clothes. so I don’t.

anyway. rant over, recipe:

red onion

garlic

prawns

frozen peas & carrots

tin of tomatoes

lemon juice

fish oxo

parsley

-sautee onion, add rice, add stock.

-in another pan sautee prawns in garlic butter

-add prawns, and peas & carrots to risotto

-when the risotto is almost ready, add tin of tomatoes.

and it’s SSSSSOOOOOOO yummy. My jury is generally out on the risotto issue, but i wanted to eat ALL of it… and eden finished off his & phil’s, when phil was too full to finish his!

Education Schmeducation


the past few days have been a flurry of thought for me, amidst our adventures (such as sand-dune sliding!). going on adventures, even if they are simple ones, always pushes me further – makes me want more. it’s so easy to fall into a slumber of the soul – to just get by instead of pursuing life. and so often, it only takes one conscious decision. like whether or not we were going to go to the beach (it was zero outside and very frosty). i started um-ing and ah-ing, thinking of reasons not to go… eden was in bed, what about meals, costs, etc…. laziness!!! and then i realised that it was saying ‘no’ that was making our lives what it currently is.

so i said yes.

boy am i glad i did!!!

the whole time i watched eden sliding down the dunes, and standing, & falling and loving every second of it I kept thinking of how much it is experiences like that that teach us about life, and the world. he would of learned SO much more there than in his bedroom, or at the wacky warehouse… because we just let him get on with it. i was slightly nervous the first time he went head first down, but as soon as i saw that it was on purpose, all was ok. He could go wherever he wanted. there were no walls.

that is what education is all about – giving the mind and soul room to wander. because minds WANT to learn.

having done my graduating thesis on montessori’s educational revolution, i’m obviously partial to her way of thinking. and yet someone recently commented that it is really hard for kids to adjust to ‘normal’ school if they attend a montessori preschool – it was their advice not to send a child there. I don’t know how i feel about that. even if mainstream education is the way you’re going to go forward (with a teacher for a husband, i’m not sure how many other options i’ll get!!!) surely letting your child have an alternate beginning is the best start? why send them to preschool that is just like school? home isn’t like school…

and homeschooling. there’s a volcano of opinion. i don’t know mine. i love the idea of ‘unschooling’ but i couldn’t cope with it, not really. and socialising is so important…so i would only do it if there was network of homeschoolers around me. *i think*.

all i know for sure is that we went to the beach and it was good.