Yesterday morning was tag team parenting by me and Gordon. I went out for my morning walk before anyone else was awake but as soon as I got back Gordon had to take the car to the garage. When he got back home I went straight out to have my eyes tested and do a bit of shopping! So the kids played Lego and Meccano (judging by the toys on the floor when I got home!)
After lunch we decided to go out to Mayfield Lavender again. Its such a lovely place to visit, and being only 10 minutes away means we can drop in when we only have a couple of hours but fancy going out somewhere.
As a last minute idea, Gordon grabbed his little camera and we told the kids that once we got there they could each take a 15 minute turn with it, taking pictures of whatever they wanted, They have been asking to do this ever since we put it on our #30DaysWild list, so they were thrilled we finally remembered (even if we were 14 days late!).
It was a little cloudy, but still hot yesterday and the lavender field was full of bees, butterflies and other insects. Ben took first turn with the camera and Jasmine seemed intent on playing with any bees she found on the floor.
Ben’s pictures are brilliant, especially when you consider that he had never really taken any photos before! He thought about each photo and saw lots of interesting things to capture. This is just a selection..
And there were also these too, which while they are a little blurry they do serve as a reminder of the day and what happened a bit later (keep reading!)….
Jasmine had her turn next and as expected, she took lots of photos of insects too. She sees beauty in things others would not and looking through her photos always makes me smile!She also took several photo of the rest of us, and some general ones of the field and surrounding area.Out of all three kids, Thomas probably took the most photos with other people in. He did take photos of bees and insects like the others but he also framed us quite nicely in several too.I love that last one of the bee in flight!
As the afternoon had gone on Jasmine was still picking bees up, trying to carry them round or stroke them! I warned her and warned her that if she wasn’t very careful she would get stung and she repeated assured me she was being careful and the bees didn’t mind. Well, most of the bees didn’t mind but then, just as we were thinking about leaving, she picked up one last bee and got stung on her finger 🙁 There was screaming and crying (and she tried to blame me even though I was about 10 feet away from her!) and it did swell up, but luckily she didn’t have any more of a reaction that that and by the time we walked back down the field to see if they had any first aid in the little shop it was already feeling better! The lovely ladies put some lavender oil on it and all the kids got a sweet, and that all seemed to help too.
Once back at home we put the TV on and asked her to have some quiet time to recover because later on that evening she was going climbing with her Brownie pack and climbing with a swollen finger could be tricky! Luckily, the swelling did go down pretty quickly and she had a brilliant time climbing and has asked to go again!
Today has been an altogether less eventful day! This morning I bought myself a new Kindle in the Amazon Prime Day deals 🙂 My old Kindle packed up a few weeks ago and I was resigned to waiting until my birthday in September before I could afford a new one so when I saw it was only £39.99 today I jumped at the chance to get one now! The boys played Lego upstairs and Jasmine did some drawing, copying a picture from the Beast Quest annual we got at the car boot sale on Sunday.This afternoon the kids went to forest school and Gordon and I went for a walk around Nonsuch Park. We didn’t get back home until late as forest school finished late and then we had to go to the Chinese supermarket to buy some things for dinner, so it was just TV when we got home. After dinner was a hair cut for Thomas, tidying up for Jasmine and then Ninjago on TV before bed, We also started reading the first Beast Quest book. Thomas has shown an interest in them so I am hoping that if I start reading them he will take over at some point!