Do You Remember Playing Outside?
I read an article last week about the stats on what we as parents allow our children to do compared to maybe 20 years ago and it got me thinking back to my childhood and that of my children.
I was, I think a lucky child who grew up spending my childhood in a number of different countries meting new friends at new schools and learning different ways to play and boy was I a tomboy!
I was a dare devil who would match anyone or even “up” them in the dare stakes and as a result have the scars to prove it!
My brothers will tell you about the hair raising things I dared them to do and the scars THEY have to show for those antics. My sisters stayed clear and became great cooks and knitters!
When my children came along we were lucky enough to live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne where we still have some dirt roads, lots of parks and walking tracks and big back yards.
My boys would be itching for school holidays as it meant meeting with friends and building a cubby house or a bike jump ramp in the nearby reserve. My girls were a couple of years younger and would sometimes tag along but more often than not were happy to play on the trampoline for hours and I mean hours!
Now when I talk about nearby I mean a 5-10 min bike ride away on a walking track.
They would head of often with a spade, wood and any other pieces they thought useful. Oh the number of household tools we lost over the years!
The deal was they had to return home for lunch or any injuries that had blood!
Lucky for me the injury list was small and lunch was never missed as growing boys building fun things needed sustenance.
Until they reached mid teens this was always a favourite and I often wonder what it will be like when they have children.
Will they have the same free rein? Will it be safe? Could you as a parent allow it as they are not within sight?
Our children didn’t have mobile phones until they were mid teens and there were no ipads or tablets just a game boy or two and they didn’t rate against the great outdoors and I hope the next generations get to be as dirty and tired at the end of the day and enjoy this as much as we all did.
Enjoy the school holidays everyone!
Space craft? Air craft? Hovercraft?
No I am asking..Where is the Handcraft gone?
I saw this picture, laughed and was about to turn away when I realised it had significant meaning…
When do we teach our children a craft?
Growing up my sisters and I learnt how to sew, cook, and knit. Traditional girls traits back then and my brothers learnt woodwork, how to make a billy cart and a bike ramp and as we got older we mixed the things up we had learnt and they would help cook (one brother is now a chef) and I got to make the chopping board that Mum got for Mother's day.
I don't knit as much anymore but I have taught my girls how to knit a scarf and my boys know how to cook but what about the other skills? Are they taught in school anymore or at home and if not how will we pass on these precious gifts to the next generation?
I think of this as I remember the time spent knitting baby items whilst sitting on the train heading to work and the gifts I was given by other “train” passengers that I had sat and chatted with for the time I was pregnant, who had saved me a seat to chat about their children and the joy of parenting and give me tips they were happy to pass down.
I learnt a lot from this wise, older generation on those trips and realised when I caught the train a few weeks ago that I only saw one person knitting, not a group of people.
Who has the recipe for Grannies’ homemade sauce or jam? Where is the beautiful jumper knitted with love for the children to stay warm? Or the beanie for the footy?
Little by little we need to make sure we pass on these “special” crafts before they leave us forever.
We all think the same thing some days….We look at an object and we see it as it is but others days its like clouds…We all see something different in the shape!
Here is a quick and easy way to say How A Coshee Set will work on your bed in your home. It is simply a quilt cover with a clip on top sheet. No more mucking around taking the quilt out of the cover washing it, drying it and struggling to get it back in, with a Coshee set you simply put the quilt in the cover (Use the corner ties to secure your quilt in the cover) clip on the white sheet and there you go!
When it comes time to wash the sheet (Not the quilt cover as it has been protected by the sheet) unclip, wash, dry and clip back on. Perfect for kids and adults alike!
Your bed will always look neat, stylish and well made as the sheet folds over the top for the fold back look. Each day bed making is a five second job as you just lift, fluff, and settle. Done! Throw on the pillows (All the ones that make it look chic and men dislike) and you have a perfect bed.
There have been no tangled sheets at night, no “doona” hogging as you should always buy a quilt cover set one size larger than your bed so that you have lots of cover to toss and turn with, and you have all been snug and warm under natural bamboo or cotton fibres that warm you in winter and cool you in summer.
Now….How do you use a Coshee® again?
Do you remember the fun of bed time with your
children or was it a nightly horror with them getting up and out and the constant crying?
I had four children two boys and then twin girls so by the time
it came to the girls I thought I had it licked.
Dinner, a bath, then story time in their bed, lights out and sleep.
My eldest was the most difficult and just wanted to play but perseverance won in the end and as he got older the promise he could read books to himself after we had left worked a treat.
My second son loved all of the above but after a story was always ready to go straight to sleep….He was a dream child!
Now my twins, well let me tell you they challenged all the ideas I had but not as a problem just with a difference.
When they were born and wrapped they snuggled in happily but only if they were near each other!. When we got home the two cots were rarely used as they were always happiest next to each
Now other people had more problems with this then we did as they thought they may always need to be together and then what would we do.
Well the years rolled on and we bought them separate beds (silly move as they slept in the same one most nights) then in their teenage years we put them in separate rooms, decorated each room as they
wanted with new double beds, desks etc and you guessed it…they still slept in one bed most of the time, chatting, giggling and feeling safe.
They are adults now with partners and sometimes home or sometimes not but I love to see them plan a night in together, watch a movie and then snuggle up and chat and giggle in the same bed!
We have always talked about them as “the girls”not twins and treated them as individuals. They have travelled together and apart, worked in different countries and have some different friends but the bond and love for each other and their brothers is strong and I find myself smiling as young mums today tell me the books they have read on how their children should sleep, where, when and with whom and I always ask them;
“What do you think you should do?”
We are all different, our children have different needs, and no one answer is right for us all, so do what you think will work as it may be different for each child you have at different times in their lives.
Happy bed time :)
What is the best winter quilt on the Market?
Every few days a customer will ask my opinion on which is the best quilt for the winter months. They have one goal in mind—they are looking for a quilt that is warm, easy to clean, not to heavy or not to light and in their price bracket. Considering how cold it has become over the past few weeks it is not unusual that this is our current hot topic and it’s a great one to answer. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most relevant quilts and show you the efficiency of each for warmth.
We have some of the most beautiful bedding in Australia and choice can sometimes become hard with so many options but the most popular quilts are:
Wool: . Wool works for you adjusting your temperature naturally by absorbing excess moisture away from your body so you remain at a comfortable and more even temperature throughout the night. I find it can be a little too heavy for me but some people like this feeling to think warm and snugly. Prices do vary but this can be a very affordable and long lasting quilt.
Feather and Down:
The best down comes from larger, more mature birds. When age and maturity are equal, goose down is better than duck down as it is a much larger bird. The mature down has an extraordinarily high warmth-to-weight ratio. A quilt or sleeping bag filled with this down will be very light and incredibly warm and it will last for decades. Probably the most expensive on the market but a high quality quilt will be long lasting. Here in Australia we mainly have a mix of the two and people who like the light feel will enjoy this quilt. The cons are the down moving during the night leaving you with cold spots.
Alpaca and Alpaca/Bamboo: This is a newer quilt on the market and well suited to our climate as it will also wick moisture away from the body and leave you with an all over warmth and no cold spots as the inner fleece is held in place with internal stitching not the outer “square” stitch. Quilt s can be heavier with the filling and a summer and winter weight can be joined together for those who feel the cold and like a weightier quilt. Well priced easily stored for both season.
Mulberry Silk: I am biased as this is my favourite quilt and I have found over the years I enjoy the more light weight option and the smooth lines of a flat quilt. Silk is warm in winter and cool in summer and has no cold spots or movement of fibre. If you do feel the cold another quilt can be added making it a very seasonable quilt. Again a quality quilt that will last for a number of years and adapts well as we get older and like a lightweight option.
Happy quilt shopping!
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.