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May Newsletter: The One With Our Yellow Exhibition

Updated: Sep 20, 2020


Hello, and welcome to my new monthly newsletter!


This has been something that I've wanted to get off the ground for months, and with all this precious time at home, I've finally been able to do just that. This is a place to document and share a few monthly highlights, along with book recommendations, recipes, interesting articles, links to other blog posts, free resources etc. etc. If you have a specific request, please drop me a message at contact@invitationtoplay.org


Celebrating May Day.

This year we made some simple little posies out of card, which we filled with flowers and foliage picked from our own back garden, and hand delivered to a few local friends and neighbours. Traditionally, you would hang the posy on your neighbours front gate or door, and leave it there to be discovered. We decided to knock on doors, partly because we wanted to see our neighbours faces after weeks of isolation, but we were also concerned that they might not be discovered due to people not leaving their houses in days.



Yellow: A Solo Exhibition

We decided to go ahead with Bean's 'Yellow' painting exhibition (which we had planned for the end of March), giving her friends and family virtual tours on Skype. She raised £25 towards the cost of equipment for her 9th birthday guinea pig enclosure.




Our tadpoles have legs!

Last summer we added a teeny tiny pond to our little urban garden. We thought we had a resident frog, which Bean named Trevor, but I think Trevor was likely one of a number of frogs living in our neighbours far superior pond! Anyway, we didn't get any frog spawn this spring, but our neighbours kindly donated us a small bucket of tadpoles, and they are thriving. It's been so exciting to observe them changing in our own little pond.


Gardening, gardening, gardening.

May has been a busy month for us in our garden. We've been planting out all of our vegetable seedlings, thinning out trays of flower seedlings and even harvested our first strawberries! We've made a start on our new raised beds in our front garden too, planting a scented Jasmine, a Lilac shrub and some annuals.


Our first socially distanced walk.

Last week we ventured out of Bristol to meet a friend for our first socially distanced walk. It felt wonderful to be out of the city, in a wild open space, with the wind blowing away all the stresses of the last 10 weeks. Social distancing is hard for young children, but we were firm about them not touching one another or passing things back and forth. They managed to keep their 2 metre distance for the most part, and now we are back in our family bubbles, longing to see each other again.



Books

We've been really enjoying reading Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy during our morning time (recommended by the lovely Eloise @mightymother). It's definitely one that I think we'll revisit regularly as Bean gets older. We've also been really enjoying the Dr. Xargle series of picture books. They seem to appeal to Bean's sense of humour, and laughter is such sweet medicine.


I've been dipping in and out of a few books, but find it so hard to concentrate these days, with my mind whirling with uncertainty. I've had better success with audio books, which I'll share below.


Book Swap

One of the things that we've been missing a lot during lockdown is regular visits to our library. We have an excellent home library, but our collection is mostly non-fiction. What we really miss is gathering up a big stack of picture books, which we tend to read just once or twice before returning to the library for more.


For the past few weeks we have been swapping books with one of our neighbours. Once a week, we drop a small stack of picture books outside her door, and she does the same for us. We leave the books in quarantine for a few da