I have a friend, Holly, who is just really awesome and we're so similar in so many ways. Her family is healthy eating, gluten free and dairy free and adventurous eaters, and they're homeschoolers- unschooling inspired just like we are. We're lucky to have each other! (Thanks to the internet for helping me connect with like minded individuals!)
Today I traveled with the kids to her hometown (1.75 hours away by bus) to give Holly and her kids a private wild edibles walk around and near her house.
So first we found, learned about, and foraged a bunch of plants: henbit, stinging nettles, wild mustard, mallow, milk thistle, calendula, dandelion, sow thistle, bull thistle, plantain, lambsquarters, olive leaves, large num nums, horehound, eryngo, mullein and more!
It was fun to do a kid centered foraging walk, unlike the adult centered ones I usually do, because it involved making it even more fun and hands on than I usually do, as well as giving me the challenge of figuring out how to explain it in kid friendly language.
After the walk we went back to the house and I did what I love most- cook creative frugal meals for people that appreciate that kind of food. I sautéed up some of the wild mustard and mallow we foraged together with some cabbage, onion, garlic, and curry powder. I fried up some brown rice bean thread noodles until they were crispy, and also made some boiled brown rice bean thread noodles with sardines, olive oil, and lemon juice. We also ate some chopped fresh veggies on the side. Everyone really enjoyed it- it was all polished off- not a speck remained.
After that, my kids played with Holly's kids for hours- playing with Lego, feeding and playing with their chickens, playing hide and go seek and tag. They had such a great time that they didn't want to leave. We pushed off our departure time for hours because they were having such fun. As much as my kids have friends locally, it's always nice to get together with people who lead similar lifestyles; it helps them feel normal and not different.
While the kids were playing Holly and I looked through some hand me downs she got, first her seeing what would work for her family, then I saw what would work for ours.
I got such great stuff!
A skirt for Anneliese, tights and leggings, sweatshirts and outfits for Rose, a jacket for Ike, some gloves, some scarves and a necklace...
Some art supplies (water colors and markers mainly), beading supplies, a peg board, magnetic letters, a book on unschooling, Added bonus- a bottle of Bragg's raw apple cider vinegar that she had a lot of!
After an awesome but long and tiring day it was time to go home. No one wanted to go home, they were having such fun; we resolved to do this again. Maybe next time they'll come to us!
On the way home- another great way to end our day: next to the bus stop, I found a huge patch of giant chickweed, one of my favorite greens to forage since it is super versatile, so I foraged a bunch to take home.
If only all days can be as great as this one!
Do you have any friends and families that you just click with so much? How far would you be willing to travel to spend time with people like that?
If you're a similar family to mine- natural, homeschooling, etc... do you know more people like yourself, either locally or not? If yes, how did you end up meeting each other?