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!