Here in Sydney we have had the wettest start to April in many, many years. Umbrellas are out in full force and I’ve been going on-line trying to find myself a pair of colourful gumboots.
Yesterday started out sunny which was nice for a Sunday. Carl had a meeting at Sea Scouts that was to be followed by a family bar-be-cue. He took off in the car and I promised to be there with Alfie by the time the meeting finished. Only we had to walk. And as we left the house the clouds came over and it started to rain. AGAIN. And I’d promised the dogs a walk and an outing so we had the girls on their leashes and I had a big mummy-bag (has everything in it for any kind of situation/emergency) over my shoulder and then we had the golf umbrellas over our heads. And off we went.
Now Alfie just loves Sea Scouts and he is very motivated to gain badges for his uniform. One he is trying to gain is his Bronze Award and it has many components. One part of the award is to make a first aid kit. So Alfie made his very own first aid kit and we brought it with us in the mummy-bag. Alfie said, ‘I’ll be really happy if someone gets an injury’. And I think he meant that in the nicest possible way.
Another part of the Bronze Award is to take an adult with you on a walk and explain to the adult how to cross roads safely. So as we set out on our walk, Alfie exhausted the subject of road safety. It was riveting.
On the way to the Scout Hall we passed by a traffic island that Alfie loves because there is a tree in the middle of the island that’s known as ‘Old Man’s Beard’ because of the long trails of hair like stuff that hangs from the foliage. As we had finished work-shopping the topic of road safety, he asked if we could cross over to the traffic island and see that beard up close. So with our two umbrellas and dog leashes all in a tangle, over we went to the island and there Alfie picked some beard to show everyone at Scouts. But being up close on that island I was able to see that some good citizen had turned the area into a vegetable garden with every imaginable herb, lots of spinach, a thriving chilli plant, rhubarb and shallots. I wondered how this system works. Can anyone just help themselves?
We left it as is and hurried along to the scout hall that was built about a hundred years ago and is full of all those things that boys love like ropes and camping equipment and canoes and kayaks and little boats and tools and flammables and many places where you can get yourself an injury.
When we arrived, can you believe the rain stopped, the sun came out and it turned into a lovely warm day. The bar-be-cue was set up on the sand and in the past, typically the lunch has consisted of a fairly ordinary sausage sandwiched between two slices of white bread. But this year’s organiser decided to make the event a little more upmarket and he provided an organic ratatouille he’d made plus many salads.
Alfie spent the day in a canoe and quite forgot to eat lunch and my two dogs sat under the bar-be-cue waiting for someone to slip with the tongs. And they didn’t leave hungry – five sausages ended up as dog food.
We had a lovely family day out meeting new people and enjoying a beautiful Autumn day and I guess the only disappointment was that no one was injured. The first aid kit arrived back home without being used.