Cycling Helmets and Spades

Glorious weather, thought I’d take a leaf out of Mrs Little Garden Helpers book and get out into the garden. Little did I know she has been training the boy and I was instructed to dig for about 2 hours. Unrelenting commands and assistance. Still, Ive got a lot done. His regular viewing of Bob the Builder has obviously instilled an awareness of health and safety as I had to spend most of the time digging whilst wearing my cycling helmet.

I have to agree with her though, gardening is one of the most special things you can do with a child. We spent 5 minutes watching a snail crawl along a twig, something I haven’t done since I was about 6. We looked at worms and laughed at one that had tied itself into a knot (sorry animal lovers) and we ran around with abandon once we had finished digging a particular section. We sat on the concrete outside the summerhouse and ate apples and chatted. I felt we were really connecting, both of us having a love of the outdoors and digging in the mud! It was great fun, worthwhile and made a real change from the television and colouring we spend a lot of time doing. Lets hope the summer stays dry, as I’m looking forward to doing lots more gardening this year!


1 Response

  1. Garden Mum 20th April 2009 / 5:57 pm

    Toddler Boy was extremely helpful at the weekend digging over the soil in our raised beds. He promised to bring his wheelbarrow and tools on his next visit. Garden Girl had lost interest by then as she had been in the garden for most of the weekend so it was great to have another enthusiastic little helper to get stuck in.

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