What a gorgeous day.
It’s been 4 0r 5 days of sunshine and I’ve gone kind of kiddy … outside all the time.
William, Ella dog, Coco pup and me went to Garadice Lake on Thursday … so beautiful as the sun wandered down.
Coco and Ella love each other and just run like mad things.
Yesterday was Rossinver Organic Food Growing Day … promise to do the Page tomorrow with notes and photos … I’m having an amazing time.
We had the first Sunny Funny Garden day on Thursday … some new children came along … everyone is welcome.
Thanks to Janice for staying and having fun with the kids.
I brought down wooden pallets into the sunshine and asked the kids to paint their names and just have fun with colour … you can see the results.
And here are the kids singing out who they are …
‘We’re the Sunny Funny Garden Gang’
I’ve heard that a couple of other children will be along next week … they’ve asked their parents if they can change their other Thursday activities to other days so they can come along to Sunny Funny Garden.
So … it’s Saturday and sunny … what’s a woman to do but go outside and play.
My new neighbour William helped make some stands for the beans , peas, sweet peas and other things that grow up and climb … thanks mate.
I’ve been clearing space of weeds to put down leaf mould … newspaper … and vintage moo poo … that’s my no dig method … and they will be raised beds.
So far I’ve made 3 planting areas and then put little teepees at the end of each one.
And just for the craic I made 2 teepees for the kids … draped them in a couple of old sheets … pegged them and held the sheets down with stones.
It’s funny … I can move very quietly into the garden … and the kids have a kind of bat signal … they just turn up out of nowhere.
So we had an impromptu Sunny Funny Day today … I brought out all the paints and the kids just had a great time playing … as I dug weeds.
photo taken by Thomas
They asked if they could paint the teepees … of course they could.
My only 2 rules are:
- everyone (including me) says please and thank you … manners and respect are core to a happy group
- be kind to each other … and that embraces appreciating each other
After that … I’m happy with a kind of democratic anarchy.
They painted stars with smiles … dolphins … hearts … abstract colour … painted stones … sparkle … all gorgeous.
And then they played pretend in the teepees … I’ll be building a couple more.
William and Ella dog turned up later with willow … he will be helping me build a fence of willow for the garden.
Coco was out all day and loved it … sometimes she was linked to the pole … other times I let her go free … scarey but necessary. She kind of comes back but she runs away if you get too close … I’m becoming a lot more sneaky at catching her.
She was great around the kids.
When people say ‘well done Liz … creating this for kids’
I say ‘ I’m a big kid at heart … so I love all this play … it is so much fun for me and it’s great the kids love it as well”
Life is good … and Ballinamore is great.