D started Pre-School today (i think this is what Americans call Pre-Kindergarten?). We have both been looking forward to this moment for a long time, he is definitely ready for it and although he is still enjoying being home with me i do feel like Ive hit a bit of a parenting brick wall and need some time to recuperate from the last 3 years of being a full time stay at home mum. I only had one day when I felt a bit teary eyed about this new stage in our lives, worrying that his attachment to me would weaken and that he would prefer being with other people or in a different environment to being with me. I'm going from being his 'everything' to being his 'sometimes' and that's a little bit wounding. But im also excited about the new friendships he might form, the new things he will learn, and just by how much pleasure he is bound to get from his days (God willing). And for me, well I have a huge to-do list to fill up my days right up until Christmas, il share it with you next time.
Whilst at home after pre-school (today he did half a day) we noticed this Red Admiral fluttering about between our house and the fence and after a minute or so of to-ing and fro-ing it settled on the fence, so i grabbed my camera and popped outside. They are very common in the UK but still so special and beautiful if you stop to look.
Yesterday we picked Damsons from our trees and found abandoned carrots in the veg patch for a quick crunchy snack, and today we went blackberry and elderberry picking in our local park.
Im thinking we shall be making a blackberry, damson and elderberry pie, and after another trip to our trees and the park bushes i think there may be enough fruit for jam too.