Posted in home education

First Harvest! And Rhubarb Crumble 

There are lots of yummy things growing in our garden at the moment! We’ve got some really lovely apples falling from our tree.

Aeryn loves being able to rummage around the grass to find fallen treats! Although we did have to have a conversation about wildlife finding the apples first!

My absolute favourite crop this year, though, has to be our rhubarb. It hasn’t exactly thrived and I haven’t done much to help it along, we’ve only been in this house a few months, but we had enough for me to just about call it a crop!

Aeryn very carefully helped me to collect and cut the leaves off of the stems. Her knife skills are really improving. I think from the concentration she mustered, she knew that this was a big moment of trust, being given a knife. 

Gentle parenting has helped me build a rapport and trust where I know her inside out and really feel confident that she can do these risky tasks, even at 17 months. We both know that I am right there to help if needed, but she didn’t need me at all and I was so happy I was able to sit back and let her have that moment of achievement and pride in herself, without taking over, interfering or assuming she was too young to try.

We put our fresh rhubarb in a pie dish with some defrosted rhubarb from my father in law’s crop last year we’ve been saving. I should have drained more of the water away, looking at the photo now!

Aeryn had the BEST time helping me to make the crumble. She loves sensory play, so the interplay of the dry flour and soft baking block (dairy free butter alternative) was right up her street! 

It soon changed into a beautiful, crumbly mess. I scooped half away to add sugar and bake, while Aeryn played with the rest.

Doesn’t it look gorgeous?!

Going from in the ground to baking in the oven in one afternoon was the BEST way to enjoy our rhubarb! Teaching Aeryn where our food comes from is really important to me. We can care for the planet even more when we understand just how much it actually does for us!

Plus we got to play indoors, outdoors, in nature, with tools, do sensory play and bake in one day?! And they say kids need to go to nursery to learn things… 


Posted in Family and Parenting

Welly Boots!

There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So the Swedish saying goes. 

The Swedes are right, I think. Some of the most fun Aeryn and I have is when it’s wet and cold as we’re both so prone to sunburn!

So really, the British weather is a wonderful thing. Summer rain is fantastic, cooling the hazy heat that builds in the tarmac and concrete. It’s such a welcome relief after a hot spell that it doesn’t even matter what we do outside, so long as we’re out in it!

We finally got around to buying wellies about a month ago. I wanted to wait until Aeryn was really steady on her feet because the soles can’t flex like regular shoes, but actually she proved to us she needed them by insisting on jumping in every puddle we walked past for about a week! 

We opted for a cute yellow pair from JoJo Mama Bebe. They don’t have a pronounced heel and the sole is quite flexible but still has good grip so they’re great for little feet in the mud!

Our regular shoes are barefoot shoes, which have thin soles and as much free movement for the foot as you can get in shoes, mimicking bare feet (which is better for foot health). These boots are definitely the most barefoot friendly wellies we could find, and they were only ¬£16, a fraction of the cost of Aeryn’s normal shoes. Aeryn also completely loves them, which is a plus!

She spends a lot of time in her boots. Most trips out she insists on wearing her boots, even just to the shops or library. 

It’s made such a difference to our our door play to know she is safe and warm but still free to explore. I can’t imagine how we managed so long without them when she’s such an outdoorsy kid.

But then again, I can’t imagine I have a child old enough to warrant wellies! Where is the time going? How is she so big now? 

I feel like if I blink she’ll be buying wellies to go to Glastonbury festival or backpacking through Mongolia or something. Some days I look and she seems a foot taller and twice as smart as the day before. 

But then she tugs my sleeve and I have to snap back to reality and jump in some more puddles.