This is my second month jumping in with the Siblings project and unlike the Me and Mine project where it’s hard to get a picture of all 4 of us, I have no shortage of pictures of the boys together. They’re so used to me grabbing my camera and Euan especially is really co-operative about being snapped. I’m still learning about how to get them both in focus at the same time but sometimes the blur or less photogenic faces are exactly what capture a moment or memory. Birthday kisses for Daddy, shot on my phone at 7am, is a case in point!
I think ice lollies will continue to feature in blog posts for the next few months. Euan’s current faves are Nobbly Bobbly’s and Mystery Lollies (where the flavour is not what you’d expect from the colour ie. the orange lolly is apple flavoured, the green lolly is peach). Luca loves these traffic light lollies.
We’re visiting the allotment as often as we can but between school and busy weekends it’s sometimes only alternate weekends (as you may already know from reading our various ‘gardening with kids’ updates). It really warms my heart not only to see them developing a genuine enjoyment for growing and a knowledge about the plants there but also the commaradery between them when it’s time for a break or I task Euan to keep an eye on Luca while I pop to get some tool or other from the shed. They both love Dave our allotment guardian.
Having an allotment has been really helpful for completing some of our challenges to get out in to nature or carry out an act of random wildness as part of the Wildlife Trusts #30dayswild nature challenge. We’re halfway through and if you missed what we’ve been up to you can read about our first 15 days here.
We had a fab trip to Cornwall during half term. One of the highlights was the time we spent at the beach and simply noticing how children get absorbed by what their doing, often only looking up to connect with loved ones to share comments about what they’re making. At Perranporth beach we spent a lovely couple of hours quietly observing the boys in their separate activities – Euan digging a big hole to sit in and Luca making sand shapes or walking backwards and forwards to the water to paddle. From time to time Euan would call to Luca to come and look at his work which Luca would dutifully do, smile and nod an ”oh yeah” and then toddle off again!
My last photos really amuse me and were the result of remaining in the background when I overhead this conversation.
(Euan) ”Hey Luca would you like me to draw some tattoos on your foot?
You would. Well ok then, would you like a duck or a bird?
A duck, great. There you go then.
(Luca) ”oh yeah. Gack. Nice”
The duck was actually on the top side of Ls feet. He liked them so much Euan drew another bird on the bottom of his foot. Luca then attempted a scribble of his own and this was the only photo I could get as he turned my attempts into a chasing game and was full of wriggly giggles. Some people might have prickled at Euan’s question to Luca and intervened but I didn’t feel it was necessary to set a limit at this stage. As predicted Luca was thrilled by both the experience and the result.
Euan tattooed his own feet beautifully too and when he asked me if he could do more drawings on Luca’s arms I gently said ”I think tattooed feet is enough” to which E replied ”yes I think you’re right”.