Stone Soup

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’.

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A camping stove was set up under a tarpaulin and everyone brought something to the table to put into a big pot of soup.

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It felt really familial to peel and chop vegetables together

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After some stirring, the soup was left to simmer while some children played ball games,

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some climbed trees and played tig and others played a quiet game of pick up sticks.

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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.

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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.

IMG_1349The rain held off until it was time to go but some of the girls cleverly collected enough rain water to put out the fire.

IMG_1334In the end, we were glad we hadn’t been indoors.

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