It’s time to celebrate strawberry season and the start of summer! Apart from just savouring the sweet juicy goodness of the humble strawberry, Wimbledon has begun, synonymous with champagne, strawberries and cream, sunshine and the occasional British downpour (!) and we even enjoyed a beautiful strawberry moon last night, coinciding with the summer solstice.
What more could you ask for ? 🙂
In the Early Years Department at our Steiner (Waldorf) school, they will be holding their annual Strawberry Fayre on Friday; one of the many beautiful and varied seasonal festivals that mark the rhythm of the year in a way that young children can relate to. The children “sell” strawberries and scones with homemade strawberry jam and cream to the parents ( we donate a little money to the school in return for some strawberry tokens which we give to the children as payment). It is a wonderful outdoorsy festival and the weather has always been just perfect – fingers crossed this good fortune continues as it’s my birthday this year too!!
At home, every day, we are able to harvest a little bowlful of ripe juicy strawberries from the strawberry patch in our garden ( just before they get eaten by the wildlife if we are lucky!) and that feels so good.
The children love hunting for them under the canopy of leaves. Eye spy with my little eye something tasty and rosy red…..clearly they don’t always make it into the house!
It is the first year we have had the space and time to grow our own fruit and vegetables. I used to have an allotment for many years pre-children, ( was there ever such a time??! Feels like another lifetime…) but I had to give it up after my eldest daughter was born as she cried so much and never napped unless I was walking with her ( she had intolerances to food I was eating unbeknown to me…but that’s another story I will probably share at some point), so having a big allotment and working it on my own wasn’t feasible….I did try to grow some vegetables in our last small garden but the local cats thought it was their toilet, so we never ate them. Sob! We have plenty of challenges in our current garden with the local wildlife – foxes, badgers, crows, seagulls, slugs to name but a few…. but we are meeting the challenges and so far are keeping about 80% of our crops. I think in organic gardening, you have to share to some extent.
For many years we’ve visited a local PYO farm for our strawberry picking adventures (and may still go there once our own picking season is over -it is good to keep up these seasonal traditions), but there is nothing quite like going out into your own garden searching for sweet treasures.
As it is strawberry season, I thought I would add some little strawberry folk to my nature table. I had planned to needle felt them as I did with these flower children here
but when I went to my wool stash, there were only a few wisps of red wool left, so I had to have a rethink and make them out of felt instead. ( they are loosely based on the way the spring flower fairies are made in this book).
I am just updating my nature table (finally). The tables in both the lounge and dining area are now covered in a red cloth and there will be a distinct strawberry theme to reflect what is going on in nature, with plenty of bees, roses, golden suns and spirals and a little bit of magic ( after all Midsummer’s Eve is coming!) As usual, the girls have coloured in their monthly seasonal picture which we hang in their playroom:
I will share the Midsummer nature table when I have finished setting it up. I have cut out a couple more pieces of felt so the girls can each make a strawberry child for their own nature tables ( they each have one in their rooms) when we get together after school tomorrow. Here is a sweet picture my youngest drew of the strawberry folk to finish off with 🙂
Hope you are enjoying nature’s bounty wherever you are.
Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for KKCO