Saturday, 31 August 2013

Summer's lease


Fallen petals.


Football boots.  Apples and blackberries.  I know what it all means.  The last day of summer has come all too soon.


Just for a moment we paused.  To play in the sun, to swim, to climb, to explore, to laugh, to scrape knees and bruise legs, to scratch arms and to turn brown, to walk, to see - big things and tiny things, to make, to draw, to be inspired, to be a bit bored, in a good way, to be sweaty, to be tired, to live, to feel joy, to love life.




In the woods today it was cool.  I used my cardigan to make a teepee for the littlest boy, which he loved.  We had a seat for him, a table and guest seating.  Then we made a cooking station, which I forgot to photograph, and we hung up a pretty dingly dangly thing made out of string and pine cones.  The biggest boy made his own den, helped by his second-in-command.  We wondered what we would eat if we had to stay in the woods.  Pigeon and blackberries we thought.  With some nice leaves.  Maybe just leaves and blackberries for the vegetarians.  It wasn't made clear exactly how the non-vegetarians would convince the pigeons to fly down and be eaten.  We went home for tea in the end.  Other half heated up some fish fingers and oven chips.  We're not quite Bear Grylls yet.

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like the perfect summer's day out for a group of small boys. The weather has been perfect for school summer holidays and days like this will build treasured memories. I used to do the same when my boy was younger - and you've managed to find some perfect logs for camp building!

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    1. It was a good day, I think they will remember it for a while.

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  2. No sorry I refuse to let summer go just yet!

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    1. You're okay, I've checked the weather and there is warmth and sunshine ahead. Keep the flip-flops out.

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  3. It's been a lovely summer this year, if only we could guarantee weather like this every summer holiday. Apparently, the good weather is due to return mid week, I hope so as I'm not quite ready for autumn yet.

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    1. Me neither. Long may summer last.

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  4. Some of our fruit and veg needs summer to hang on until the end of September. It's a little bit autumnal today - cold.

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    1. Mine too, it would be nice to get as much as possible. It was chilly here as well last night, but better this week I hope.

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  5. A lovely mellow post! Flighty xx

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  6. I bet Mr Grylls wouldn't turn down a fishfinger sandwich!!

    I love your words, CJ. And thank you for the lovely comments that you leave on my blog. They men a lot.

    Leanne xx

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    1. Thank you Leanne, yours too. And it's a pleasure to read your blog and leave comments.

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  7. How wonderful to spend the last few days of the summer holidays building dens in the woods. I don't mind if it's officially summer or autumn, as long as this lovely weather lasts!

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  8. Just found your lovely blog - Enjoying lovely snaps of English loveliness - missing it since we now live in the Hebrides. I look forward to reading more. Holly.x

    www.thelittlebeds.blogspot.com

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