Sunday, 29 May 2016

Hooray for Summer Painting!

IMAG1111Oh the joy! When the sun finally came out, Feets and I could finally do what we'd been waiting for all winter ... while she napped, I set up our backyard with our entire stock of cereal boxes (thanks Jenny for this great tip, picked up years ago, on a strong free painting resource), every other recycled object I could find in our house, and a bundle of paint. A few friends, bean bags (foolish), a gin and tonic for the grown ups (shh), and we let them loose.

As I've found every other time we've got messy and bare skin has been available, Feets' main interest was in painting herself.  (We'll keep quiet about the fact that the Mothercare paint for 18 months plus is very high in stain factor!)  We had a LOT of fun.

IMAG1120And the fun didn't finish with painting - we continued into the clean up with a bucket of water and range of clothes that was eventually poured all over our creative masterpiece.

Thank heavens for good weather.  It's a different world from settting up at the dining room table, with everything protected by plastic bags and a strict 'clean up' rule, the moment Feets leaves the table!

Sunday, 22 May 2016



Sunday, 15 May 2016

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

IMAG1128 IMAG1125Feets and I discovered the hidden treasure of Community Greenhouses in Brockwell Park last week. I can't believe I've spent so much time in the park without really noticing them! Or at least, without realising they run activities that make the greenhouses accessible for non-gardeners like myself and Feets. We took part in a 'mucky magic' workshop to celebrate national compost week. Feets is particularly into painting and pouring at the moment, so she was thrilled to make paint from mud, water, and colourful spices. It gave me lots of food for thought for future painting activities!