Thursday, 1 September 2011

Blowing dandelion clocks in slow motion

Tom thinks he sometimes gets a bit of a raw deal on this blog.  I tell him that it is all in jest.  But in his honour, I wanted to document what he got up to with his girls last weekend...

He took them on long walks with big bags, and collected hundreds of blackberries.  He spent hours with them at the chicken coop, collecting eggs and letting the chicken run free so that the girls could chase them.  He spent an afternoon with Betty putting about a billion miniature foam balls back into a washed bean bag.  He picked bunches and bunches of Sweet Peas with them and got them to place them in vases all around the house. He did loads of cooking with them: they made blackberry and apple crumble, plum jam and a big roast dinner using all our veg from the garden that they picked themselves. He prepared breakfast for them using the jam that they had made together. He took them out in the rain with their umbrellas because that's what they love to do.  He did some gardening with them, drew pictures, made up stories, took them shopping, and tended to them in the middle of the night. 

He danced barefoot through sun-dappled meadows with them, blowing dandelion clocks in slow motion, with the sounds of 'Why do birds suddenly appear' drifting through the air.

Meanwhile, I spent time putting up shelves, cleaning windows, clearing out the shed, and taking stuff to the rubbish dump.

10 comments:

Nora said...

Sounds like a man in a thousand. Would you have wanted to trade with him and done the exact same things?

Elsie Button said...

Hi Nora, No! I quite enjoyed being on my own and having the peace!

Nel said...

Its quite nice having a break, even if it is doing jobs around the house. Im planning a child free day on Saturday - while I paint the front door.

Melksham Mum said...

Wow - I love the sound of Tom! What a hands on daddy he is :0) x You lucky lady x

Elsie Button said...

Hi Nel, your comment made me smile - what have things come to when our 'day off' is painting the front door, or going to the rubbish dump?!

Elsie Button said...

Hi Melksham Mum, Tom will basking in all the glory!!

Iota said...

What a star!

Elsie Button said...

Hi Iota, he is!

sew hot said...

Sounds like a supportive and wonderful man. Don't waste a day.

Elsie Button said...

Hi Sew Hot, he is amazing!