I love writing about my Little Things each week. It’s a constant reminder to look for the positives, even when things feel grey and mundane. It’s inspired by the lovely Lauren from Dilan and Me and Jodie at Dear Little Daisy.
This week we’ve had two family outings, so they’ve obviously both made it to my list. It’s my favourite thing to do on weekends, spend some family time just having fun and forgetting about all the things to do for a while. It’s not always possible, especially when you’re preparing to move house, but the weather this weekend was too good to waste.
A Little Fun In The Sun
I’ve known about Meanwood Valley Urban Farm for a while, but have never actually been before. What a hidden gem? It’s the perfect sized farm to spend a few hours. We were lucky enough to see some very new lambs – just 2 hours old – and some bigger, fluffier ones, as well as huge pigs, donkeys, llamas and chicks. I’ve always been a great believer in providing children wide-ranging experiences, and consolidating what they see in books and toys, in real-life encounters. Since visiting the farm, Bee has a renewed interest in farm animals and has some new animal sounds – cheep cheep and cockadoodledoo – in her vocabulary.
A Little Snail Mail
I love good old-fashioned letters, both writing and receiving them. I think it’s linked to my obsession with stationery. I’ve had pen pals on and off since I was a child. First corresponding with my mum’s friend’s daughter in Australia, then joining a pen pal club. As I grew up, I drifted away from it and then back again, keeping up snail mail friendships for a couple of years here and there. I’ve not had a pen pal for some time now. I was feeling the need to put pen to beautiful paper and share in a less digital, instant way, one-to-one. And this week I received my first letter from one of my new pen pals. The joy at receiving a pretty envelope through the letterbox, amongst the junk mail and bank statements, brought back so many memories.
A Little Wonder
Our second weekend family outing was to the new Wonderlab exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum. It was a little bit advanced for Bee, but she was still able to enjoy many of the experiments even if the science went way over her head (and sometimes mine). It was kind of like a giant sensory room for her, with buttons, sounds, lights and mirrors. Her favourite thing was the vibrating dance floor, and she was pretty perplexed by the UV room, strobe waterfall, and the hall of mirrors. It also meant I got to practise my low-light photography skills.
What have you been up to this week? What are your Little Things?