When you live in Newfoundland and Labrador you tend to have a particular affinity towards the sun. A relationship that resembles the return of an out-of-town friend that seldom visits. At its appearance we just want to spend the most amount of time in its company. That is exactly what we did in the past few days. Our backyard, deprived of proper care for so long, is surely very grateful. The raised beds have finally been built, filled with compost and soil from the old concrete-slab raised beds. We were afraid that this job would take several days with each of us taking turns entertaining Samuel, but put a little boy inside an empty raised bed with a bowl, a little shovel and a few blocks, and he will be completely happy for hours. In the end he might even help you carry soil to the empty bed.
Samuel has truly embraced the outdoors and he is a jubilant little fella when he is picking rocks, touching flowers and shrubs, walking short trails, and feeding ducks. Each of these activities can also be fulfilled at the fantastic MUN Botanical Garden Parent & Tot Program. Engaging facilitators, beautiful surroundings, and like-minded families make this a pleasing pastime for both children and parents.
The only thing missing at the Botanical Garden is a life size truck or tractor, Samuel’s new obsessions. He was amazed when he saw a row of bright yellow tractors at our closest hardware store and wanted to sit in each and every one of them.
Hopefully the sun will also make an appearance this weekend. Tomorrow, the first St. John’s Farmer’s Market is happening at the Lion’s Club and I will be there with Olivia Canela. Also, the first SeaBerry Studios workshop is sold out so we are having a second session on June 16th. All the details can be found on our site.
Enjoy the beautiful sun this weekend… and support some local businesses!