We really needed to talk a walk, so we went to one of our very favorite places (again, yes, I know) and picked more berries. :)
Sloes, rosehips, haws and blackberries. I now have one batch of elderberry syrup made, and some tincture steeping. I also have a big mixed bag of prepared hedgerow foraging, another bag of just blackberries, a bag of sloes, and a small bag of more elderberries, all in the freezer. I think jelly, cordial, gin and truffles. :)We took a picnic and sat in a little wooded area, and paddled too - yes, it was VERY cold!
Rowan touched this spider, very gently, and exclaimed in surprise when it ran away. She went to kiss it, actually, but then decided better of it, with her funny baby chatter telling me all about it.In the hide watching the ducks and swans.
Ponies out in the flooded gravel pit again. Jenna was chatting animatedly to a total stranger about the horses, well, about EVERYTHING, and it just made my day to have her be heard and not belittled by an adult who clearly enjoyed their conversation. :) Whoever you are, that man, thankyou. :) My poor six year old was CONVINCED the white horse was a unicorn, so when it turned and she could see that what she thought was a horn was in fact an ear, she was quite upset. But, ever philosophical, she thought of the ice cream van in the carpark and dashed off to see if it was still there.On the way back we had to stop for a bulb for the car (which has the dreaded MOT next week) and I went into one of my favorite charity shops, and TKMaxx (in dire need of a large loaf tin). So I have treasure! The charity shop yielded a cord skirt for me, a cardigan for Morgan, a bread bag, and some children's books. :)I am feeling inspired to start our Not Back to School week! Forget the hiccups of last week, we have crafting and mayhem to persue. Check the pretty planner, add some more ideas to our list of things to do, and breathe. :) Here we come September! Again. ;)