By Lynn Kirkland
Children in the Garden
March 2nd is a pretty special day in our family.
It is my birthday and two years ago on this day I was delighted when my nephew Paul and his wife Charlotte were blessed with the arrival of Lily.
Lily is an absolute delight and brings joy to all the generations in our family.
March 2nd is also Children's
Day-this is the national non-commercial day to celebrate how special
and important our children are.
This year the theme is New Experiences and how perfect the garden is to enrich children's learning with new experiences.
Charlotte is a teacher like myself and teachers seize on
any opportunity to create learning from everyday happenings.
Charlotte brought Lily and the new addition, dear little Pippa, around for a photo shoot for this column.
Pippa at three months old was happy to lie on the grass and enjoy looking up into the trees.
Lily was up for anything and of course one of the vital teachings is around safety in the garden.
Any tastings in the garden need to be strictly supervised.
I decided that it would be great to see what Lily thought
of the sugar herb, Stevia.
Stevia is a calorie free sweet tasting herb which is safe for diabetics.
I have it growing in a planter and you can see it in front of Lily.
Lily was not impressed with the taste and it may have been because even though it is a lot sweeter than sugar it also has a slight bitter after taste.
Lily was much more interested in picking the tomatoes and this is a great lesson in colours as the little fingers go to pick off the green ones.
The basil which I have planted as a companion to the tomatoes in the garden and the kitchen, was picked, rubbed and smelt with great enjoyment.
The senses play such an important part in the garden and indeed in life and Children's Day with its focus on new experiences is a great day to get into it and do some smelling, touching, tasting, listening and of course looking.
Lily decided that strawberries were the favourite thing in Aunty Lynn's garden and certainly there is nothing like a sun-kissed home-grown strawberry to satisfy the senses.