You may have seen on my Instagram that we’ve had a fair bit of rain here recently! I thought it was only right that I wrote a little post about it! Rain babies Arthur has always loved the rain! He absolutely loves to be out […]
It’s taken almost 4 years but we finally have had our first crop of Bananas!!
We have attempted to grow bananas once before but it failed. Which is pretty impressive considering they grow wild here!
When we moved into this house there were already banana plants growing here so I don’t think we can take too much credit for these. But hey, we didn’t kill them so I think we will take that for now!
About three months ago we noticed that one of our plants had flowered and there were teeny tiny little bananas growing.
After a quick search online we discovered we would be waiting for around 3 months until they would be ready to eat. It seemed like a really long time. And if felt like there was a lot of time for something to go wrong!
This Friday, Mark came home from school and very excitedly proclaimed that there was a yellow banana so it was time to chop them down!
We had learned that you just have to wait for one banana to be yellow to chop them down, not all of them!
So we got the machete and the camera and we headed out to the garden-. Yep, it’s totally normal to have a machete here!
The bananas here are about half the size of ones you get in the UK but with twice the flavour!! They are so so delicious and are a perfect size for baby led weaning! The boys absolutely love them!
Arthur has been giving a running commentary on the bananas pretty much every day since we first spotted them. He has loved to tell us about the “green bananas”. So it was cool to show him that they had now started turning yellow!
After they had been chopped down, we showered off the bananas to make sure there weren’t any beasties living on them. Luckily there weren’t! Arthur had the honour of having the first banana from our first crop. We have all since had one and they are so good!
Bananas are super cheap to buy here so it’s not like having them will be saving us lots of money. But, it’s definitely satisfying to know that these have grown in our garden! It’s been fun to show Arthur how they grow (and for us to learn about it too)
There is already another lot of bananas growing in the garden. We think they will be ready just in time for us coming back after the summer!!
Since Koopa got introduced to the beach on his first walk we’ve been loving taking him there! It’s becoming a real special time for us all.
We jumped in the car one day last week and drove down the road to a beach near to where we used to live.
It was the end of the day, it was cooling down outside and the beach was lovely. Mark had Freddie in the wrap and off we went!
Arthur and Koopa are so cute, they were off in their own little world exploring together.
How cute is this picture of Arthur’s footprints and Koopa’s paw prints in the sand!
Along the way Arthur stopped to throw some stones into the Ocean, definitely one of his favourite things to do!
We walked until we found some trees that had fallen down.
We had so much fun playing around, climbing running and hiding in them.
Arthur thought it was great and Koopa did too! It was lots of fun watching the two of them chasing each other around, enjoying each other’s company.
We were having such a lovely time that we hadn’t realised it was way past Arthur’s dinner time and we had to head home.
Of course when a small boy is having so much fun, just going home is not always as easy as all that!!
Our little master of distractions found anything to take as long as possible to get home!! He threw stones and seaweed into the sea, splashed around and generally just slowed right down to do anything but go home.
The thing is, he looks so cute while he’s doing it, it’s pretty hard to get angry!
In the end the only thing for it was a mama piggy back!!
It became one of those magic moments. Those unplanned, simple yet oh so beautiful moments. The ones where we sit back and think yep, that’s why we live here!! This is definitely a special place for us now and a lovely place to go for a family walk.