We found time to stop and stare…


So much of what the boys do involves going here, doing that, seeing this and although trips to museums, riding lessons and being generally very busy is fun sometimes we all just need to STOP.

This morning I had 2 friends over to sew and as you can imagine teaching sewing to friends can be great fun but a bit problematic in that there’s a lot of talking and not a lot of sewing. Tobes played with the button box again and also the jar of finished thread spools I have in my workroom. He builds with them, rolls them talks to them; in fact he seems to love them. A simple and free toy is sometimes the best.

After my friends left there was a little time to do something but it was too wet and the boys didn’t want to put their waterproofs on and go outside so we had a look to see if the 4 rabbits that are living under the bench were there and we only saw 2 but we did see the woodpecker. He visits us for about 4 days eating the ants from the lawn making SO MUCH noise that when I’m carrying the washing through the cottage I can hear his ‘Chuff chuff chuff!’ and I know to look out for him. He was eating the ants and the robins were fighting (we have 3 that absolutely hate each other at the moment but each one insists on staying) and then Henry spotted ‘Mr Pheasant!!!’ sitting on the fence at the far end of the garden. He had his head under his wing and appeared to be sleeping, something Henry found fascinating. I found the binoculars and they both had a look through to see what they could see. It took a while for them to focus the lenses but they managed it and loved being able to see all the way out into the garden.

I love it that they love nature. I grew up in a village surrounded by nature but I never really learned the names of trees, plants and other amazing things that were all around me. When we moved here I wanted the boys to know what I didn’t and I think they’re doing really well. They love to listen to the pheasants calling, they can name a lot of birds that are in the garden but above all they are curious and in this case curiosity may lead you to the wild cat that lives in the fields.

We sat for about ½ an hour just watching the garden. Yesterday the deer wandered across and ate the low hanging leaves from the branches of the tree behind the walnut tree. We’ve seen rabbits fighting this week but are loving our family of little rabbits that live in the laurel hedge and under the bench. Hubbie couldn’t use his bike and helmet as something has made a nest in it and puts up with all of us crashing and bashing around it. We lost a bird box when the pergola fell early in the year and Oliver was very upset but the birds have made do with a hat. The boys think they are amazing.

So tomorrow we may play with the dinosaurs, spend time in the car on the school run and going to swimming lessons but I know if I leave the binoculars out I may come into the kitchen and find one of the boys just sitting and looking as they found time to stop and stare…

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About littlewhitecottage

Emma is a qualified teacher with 14 years of teaching in many different settings. From teaching adults and children at a music school to choosing to work in a demanding primary school that was failing (which meant moving from an outstanding school – her colleagues were aghast!) to running her own sewing business for the last 5 ½ years teaching all ages how to sew: Emma loves to teach.
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