We went stayed in a holiday barn in Cornwall for one week. The owners lived on site. There were four other buildings that were rented out and so there was a lovely selection of children around - ranging from 2 to 9. At 9.15 am everyone met in the yard to sort out who was carrying what bucket for different animals; ducks, goats, pony, chickens and ducklings. It was a lovely mediative routine for first thing, made all the better for clutching at a cup of herb tea as we progressed round. The children were very tentative on the first day but by the last day wanted to become farmers. They particularly loved patting Briar, the black labrador and feeding the little lambs. Chicken eggs were collected and given out fairly. We have never eaten so many fried eggs, omlettes and scrambled egg.
Whilst away it was my birthday. Look at these lovely drawings I was given.
I was also given some lovely butterfly stationery, a Cath Kidston spot teapot, Shaun the sheep DVD and Tricia Guild's latest flower book. As usual anything I bought on holiday counts for my birthday (my choice). I shall take a photo tomorrow of everything!
Lastly, here is a lovely photograph of our favourite beach in Cornwall. We had a lovely afternoon playing in the sand and the fresh water stream that runs across the beach. Jasper and I had a lovely cuddle and snooze together too. The sun was beautifully hot on our faces and warmed our bones. Jasper had got his trousers wet though and these had to be removed. Fortunately, Skyla and Pasha who seem to be able to survive artic cold without a coat lent him their coats which he put over his legs like a sleeping bag!
I came back from Cornwall just as tired! However, my mind is a whirl of creativity now - inspired by the galleries, sunshine, greenery and fresh air. I loved spending time with the children in their fantasy land of playing together, doing water colours for the first time with new posh paint boxes and everyone make a necklace. Most of all I love the fact they connected with the animals and nature. They are not so timid around the animals and now understand where an egg comes from - ridiculous I know!