After having a hard week with a very hormonal and some what stressed small boy the summer sun has been a much needed distraction from everything in the house. Small boy and I needed to get out for a bit so yesterday we went for a walk. We used new apps on our phones to track our journey, speed, distance and calories burnt. We walked for almost 4 miles and I’m still shattered this morning and as I managed to wear him out he is still in bed. Not that I mind as no one likes having grumpy tired children.
After all the stress from the last couple of weeks the walk was purely to reaffirm our bond as things have been strained at home with the constant bombardment from hormones.
Then a lovely peaceful time sat in a place locally called Lady Brook
We had our first outside picnic of the year, followed by a bit of sketching and exploration
We even had a surprise guest land on small boys snorky which we didn’t mind too much as he’d finished with it
The plus side of living where we do is the fact that within 10 minutes we can be in a field surrounded by nature
But one thing we did notice was the height of the crops, or should that be lack of height?!
The rape and cereal crops are about a third of the higher they usually are at this time of year which small boy didn’t like and felt bad for the farmers, after all its their lively hood. Usually the rape is around the same height and even taller than us, and as wonderfully demonstrated by the boy this year its not even as talk as him and its already going to seed.
We did have a small moment because he felt that bad that the farmers were not going to have a very good harvest this year hence the above photo of him making it look a lot taller when in reality it is only this high
This did of course spark off a conversation about why this has happened and what knock on effect it would have on the price of food and oil. This also have us opportunity to talk about the shocking story in the news about the number of children who do not know where their food comes from Now small boy watched the report with such a confused face bless him, but decides that although he may complain, like most kids do, about how I bring him up sometimes (mainly chores and helping with the garden) he now understands why I parent the way I do. We love food in the house, all types of food but have always had the family philosophy that it should be good food, know where it comes from, to be seasonal where ever possible, to be able to produce what ever we can and when it comes to meat well both my boys have seen me pluck and draw birds from an early age, prepare whole fish and so now do it themselves. Whilst reading the report it became apparent that there are a lot of parents out there that may of taken easy ways out of trying to get their children to eat foods they were not too keen on, understandable I guess when you have a child throwing a tantrum or just refuses to eat a food although something I have never done. I do sometimes sound like my grandad “we don’t do fussy eaters in this house” which is true. If some one doesn’t like the taste of something then that is fair enough, but the whole bit about not eating something because they don’t like the sound it is a complete no go. I have also always refused to cook separate meals for each child, dinner is dinner and if I know you like it then that is your only option. I know some parents who complain about having to cook separate meals and some even cool another meal because their child changed their mind of what they wanted!!! Yeahhhh not in this house. My boys have always got involved with meal times from helping with choosing the meal to preparing and cooking it. Each getting to choose what type of meal we have a couple of times a week. Because of this they can both of course cook for themselves now. My eldest now almost 20 cooked his first roast dinner at the age of 11 but always loved making pasta a sauce and small boy loves cooking what ever he can. It’s great as if I’m not well know he can cook himself a good healthy meal and as proved when my eldest moved out last year that my way of doing it stands them in good stead for later life.
Low and behold there was also another program on about fake food seriously its all about people’s greed for profit so scam others to think that they are getting something they are not rather than it being actual pretend food. There was also a discussion on social media about “do you know what’s in your food ?” My answer is of course yes without a doubt mainly because I make meals from scratch and grow as much a I can. Take yesterday’s meal of pasta and sauce, not only did it cost a total of £1 for three of us but it was very quick and tasty
It was a lovely end to an awesome and tiring day, we both caught the sun which was to be expected and while small boy was chilling in the bath I have my achy feet a good soak using some of the chamomile I picked on our walk before chilling out for the rest of the evening and doing more research on picture prompts to use.