“He’s not very good at picnics is he Mummy!” remarks my eldest about his younger brother, who has run off for the umpteenth time to play on the playground equipment, instead of sitting down to eat his picnic lunch. This week we had picnics in the park because of the beautiful weather. It is a really lovely thing to sit on the grass and be close to nature. The kids find the experience a real treat too.
I recently read an article about the benefits of standing barefoot or ‘grounding’ which really suprised me, but at the same time made a lot of sense. They talk about improvements in circulation, blood pressure, arythmias and neuropathy. There is also the mental health benefits and improvements in sleep patterns as well as the benefits of fresh air. I know whenever I walk around on grass or sand barefoot I feel like I am on holiday and feel relaxed. Perhaps this is why gardening is such an addictive activity? You are getting close to the earth, out in the fresh air and are also experiencing all these other benefits (of which there are many more but I have not listed).
Instead of boring you with photographs of my lawn (!), here are some photographs of the latest flowers blooming in the garden this week.