Earlier this week, three lovely friends and I, and our tribe of eight children visited my favourite little garden shop Bliss. They were hosting a 'potting workshop' for young kids - for $5 the kids got to pot a pretty little petunia (yay, dirt and mess!) which they could then take home. It took place in the Tulips Cafe next to the nursery, which is an adorable little place with delicious food and a playground right next to the cafe tables.
This meant after the kids had a blast planting their flowers, they could run wild in the playground whilst we mums sat near by at a table, having coffee and cake, chatting and keeping a loose eye on the kids as they played....
Whilst playdates at a public place can be a variable entity, and sometimes feel more work than they are worth, this morning was a blissful melding of all the elements of a refreshing and delightful morning out.
The little playground area was set up so well in a fenced area and there was no-one else there so we had it all to ourselves (there was a second section where all the kid-free people could sit and yes, I would totally sit there too if I didn't have rug-rats with me!). It was just a simple playground but it was enough to keep the kids busy (plus they made their own fun and games). The kids all know and adore each other and get along really well. They were so thrilled to hang out in a group and played happily the whole time, which every parent knows does not always happen especially in a larger group!
Everyone was having such a fine old time we didn't want to leave and ended up lingering for well over three hours and even had a spot of lunch there! Felt rather decadent indeed to not be rushing home. Such a lovely relaxing morning, beautiful company and a great experience for the kids. Suffice to say we are all looking forward to heading back soon.
I left feeling so utterly grateful for a refreshing morning of friendship and flowers!
|He was a little bit like 'Um, what is happening here?'|
|A happy little group of gardeners!|
|The girls chit-chat while the boys just sit... and eat!|
|Gotta have a babycino of course!|
|Miles did this basically the whole time!|
Those folded little feet are killing me.... want.to.nibble.