Did I play today?


It started out with us making something nice to eat.  Me and my two little pals rooting in the baking press for yumminess.   We found cooking apples and porridge oats, so the shout went up for Apple Crumble.  On further foraging from the freezer we excavated some frozen berries –  mmm even more promising –  Apple and Berry Crumble so.  We got stuck in and before you could say “I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream”, the berry crumble was bubbling over in the oven.   Now here’s a thing, you can’t have hot berry crumble without ice cream.

Back to the freezer, alas, not a spoon of ice cream to be had.  Some quick thinking required.    I remembered a post that I had swiped past on facebook; ‘homemade ice cream in ziplock bag’.

A quick google and we were off again.  We located some cream, some sugar, vanilla essence, ice cubes and salt.  I found one small ziplock bag and made do with a bigger plastic shopping bag to complete our experiment.

The science began. (The theory, allegedly is, Freezing Point Depression).    We had to put loads of ice and salt into the big bag and then put the very simple and pure mixture of cream, sugar and vanilla essence into the smaller bag.  We inserted the small now sealed bag into the heart of the ice and salt in the big bag – shut it tight and… brrr – the salt makes the ice melt and it gets very cold in there.

The next bit was to shake, jump, dance, skip, jiggle the big bag for a non-stop 10 minutes, this I might add constituted a pre crumble work out.  With red faces and an enormous amount of body heat generated, we went exploring into the inner chamber of our homemade freezing unit, and the once liquid ingredients were magically getting it together.  We agreed to seal the bag and dance some more just to be sure.

Just one more song!

Approximately 3 minutes later we dished up the berry crumble and we spooned out solid masses of creamy icy vanilla.

We ate to our heart and belly’s content.  T’was delicious fun, every bit of it.  So yeah, I played today.

The playlist for hopping about to.

Oh so quiet -Bjork.

Magic Spell – This is the Kit.

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins

Did you play today?


Why is the first step the hardest step of all.  Perhaps it is a step which is stored deep within the body – that first wobbly step.  Was it barefoot, was it seen, was it scared, was it encouraged, was it fun…. I wonder..

Anyway here I am in 2017 taking my first public step in to the world of blogging.  I want to play with the very notion of play. I am going to explore it, to get messy in it,  get lost in it.

In a world gone mad, I find myself drawing on some of the powers of play; transformation, imagination, resilience, creativity. Super powers all of them.   Mr Ralph Waldo Emerson said that  “It is a happy talent to know how to play.”  Imagine if we valued that thought.

Did I play today?   I sure did for I was free and in holiday mode,  I loitered with intent on the beach to write ‘play’ with stones and seaweed lion’s tails in the sand.  I came home to an unexpected house full of little boys bursting with energy so we re-invented a game of ‘ping pong piggy in the middle’ – one tiny rubber ball  with a bounce as unstoppable as their zest for jumping and squealing and I realise that between us we have loads of ‘happy’ talent for we sure know how to play.

The cost?  Nothing but time.

So when your day’s work has eased, when the world wide news is grim, ask yourself “did I play today?”


Soundtrack in my head.

Princess Leia’s Theme – A new hope – Star Wars (John Williams)

Good Morning – Debbie Reynolds – Singing in the Rain