Sunday, February 28, 2010

serene sundays...

Sundays are a time for sleeping in, having late, long and wholesome breakfasts, sipping tea, reading the paper, planning the meals for the week, trips to the market, mending, cleaning, reorganizing, recharging, spending time with family and friends, reading books, playing in parks, taking naps in the sun, baking bread or any of the above in combination.
In light of this, I will categorize my Sunday entries as “serene sundays” and put up photos that describe my mood, thoughts, ideas, inspiration or general weekend goings-on, instead of writing an entire entry.

We enjoyed The Teddy Bear's Picnic at Ripponlea Estate today. If you've never been to the estate it's absolutely stunning. The gardens alone are worth a visit, especially if you've packed a picnic lunch. Todays events included-

Pony Rides

Animal Petting. I am always very torn about this one, it doesn't look like the best of situations for these little guys (they're covered in their own feces, separated from their Mothers, overfed, overstimulated and probably sent to the slaughter house as soon as they're not "cute" anymore), but I also want L'il B to develop a sense of camaraderie and empathy for the animals so I don't want to prohibit him from visiting them when we get a chance just because I think it's cruel- any other vegetarian Mums have any suggestions/opinions? I couldn't even post the photo of the calf because looking at it made me so depressed.

And of course, every Teddy Bear's picnic includes a little dancing and singing with pom poms.

When we got home this afternoon the entire family had a 2 hour nap. Serene as a Sunday gets.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend with your loved ones. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for Handmade Home by Amanda Soule!



Wendy said...

Yikes, Meagan...i think I prefer your Sundays to mine: laundry, dishes, cleaning, errands...nary a serene scenario to be found! Yours looks lovely, though. Enjoy!

faerwillow said...

~how fun! yes mine is going to be filled with much housework...i would definetely trade! may your day continue in such a serene way...brightest blessings~

Jenifir said...

It is good to see you having such a day filled with family activities. I have empathy for your qualms about the petting zoo. It is difficult to have our children connect and have empathy for creatures that they have no experience with and in our increasingly urban existence fining opportunities becomes more of a challenge. Do you know any organic farmers who keep livestock? It has been my experience that farmers who choose to raise animals in an organic/free-range way have a lot more respect and compassion for the animals. We have friends who were very happy to let our children feed their chickens, turkeys and sheep. Incidently, I have very strong memories of visiting your city's zoo and patting the wallabies back in the early 70s. It was the first natural zoo (as opposed to cages) I had been to.

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