I love reading all these nostalgic posts, thank you everyone.
I was born in the mid sixties so most of our food was bought from the local shops, the butchers, bakers, greengrocers and grocers. None of this supermarket malarkey. I miss those types of shops and if I can will buy from there rather than visit the supermarkets. We have a couple of farm shops that we visit, but they are at least a 40min drive away, so there is lacking that convenience, but you can't beat the food.
I like to grow a lot of my own stuff, but only have a small pocket handkerchief garden, but I do have a rhubarb plant, raspberry bush, blackcurrent bush, strawberry tubs, and a crab apple tree. We also grow runner beans, peas and tomatoes. But only limited amounts as we don't have the space.
I like to cook and bake and as I work as a dinner lady I have plenty of time to do this in the afternoon. All our food is homecooked, cakes are only homebaked, jams are homemade,etc. I love that kind of stuff.
I do agree with those that mention the children of today and their incessant exposure to high technology. It is a devils job to keep their use to a minimum and to find the right balance. There is a lot of peer pressure out there. I have two girls, of 13 and 11. My eldest is computer mad. In some ways thats good, as her knowledge is way beyond her years, she can already do basic programming and is self taught. I have to seriously restrict her usage and we have major fallouts over it. She is autistic though, and this is the one talent that she is amazing at. It also helps with communication, as she does not have the ability to communicate well in person, but finds communication by forums, email and dare I say it Facebook much easier.
My youngest is more creative, can produce amazing pieces of artwork, enjoys painting, making up stories and writing poems.
Both my children know how to iron, help with the cooking at the weekend, bake cakes with me, tend the garden with me.
We go for bike rides as a family when the weather allows, we are in the countryside in 5mins on our bikes. We often pack a picnic and go off somewhere for the day.
I don't disapprove of all the technology out there. Heck, I use it daily as well. Providing there is a balance and that other activities are part of their daily lives then I think all is good.
Well it is in my world.