So much of my parenting has been about making memories; doing things which stick in children’s heads and give them a warm, happy, loved feeling. It isn’t the big things, the showy events, the parties which they remember it is the little routine family traditions which mark the wheel of the year.
Yesterday we returned to our favourite place, crossing our fingers that the fruit would once again be abundant. They galloped ahead, hunting before gathering and turning to give me the thumbs up; the blackberry bushes hadn’t let us down!
The competition was on to find the juiciest berry
Not all of them made it into our bags and baskets; there were one or two blackberry monsters about
When everyone got bored/too prickled they found an obliging oak tree which would accommodate them all
For a bit of hanging around
And some chatting
Then we wended our way home again with 3lbs of blackberries for jam. We’ll be back for more with The Tall One and Mr Thinly Spread who were both working while we frolicked.
You can see my recipe for blackberry and apple jam here. I’ll post my pure blackberry jam recipe soon…now I’m off to do some jamming!
What are you up to this bank holiday weekend? Do you mark the wheel of the year with your children? Are traditions important to you as a family?