We struggled to find an affordable, indoor space a couple of weeks ago so met in the ever hospitable North Kelvin Meadows. We tested out someone’s new, homemade firebowl and some of the children made ‘charcoal sticks’.
A camping stove was set up under a tarpaulin and everyone brought something to the table to put into a big pot of soup.
It felt really familial to peel and chop vegetables together
After some stirring, the soup was left to simmer while some children played ball games,
some climbed trees and played tig and others played a quiet game of pick up sticks.
Soon a spoon banging on a metal bowl signalled that the soup was ready. Warm food was most welcome, it being a cold day, and tasted all the better for it.
A few of us sat round the fire and told each other different versions of the story of stone soup, about a hungry traveller who brings a community together with his requests for one more ingredient for his soup.