Living Arrows 2018

Living Arrows – 14/52 {2018}

Kahlil Gibran – “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Living Arrows

Each week I link up with Living Arrows, a linky hosted by Donna from What The Redhead Said.  As Donna explains the project takes its name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran called On Children.

So every week I’ll be posting a photo of Isla from the last week that captures a moment of childhood. 

Bank Holidays always confuse me, especially when it’s a bank holiday like Easter. By the time it’s over I have absolutely no idea what day it is! Am I the only one!?

We actually spent the weekend at home, which is unusual for us for Bank Holidays, as we’re usually visiting family. We had lots planned, but actually didn’t do very much. Mostly because it pretty much just rained the whole weekend! True sign of a bank holiday.

There is a tradition, that says you should plant your potatoes on Good Friday (no matter when it falls). Supposedly, as potatoes were not mentioned in the bible, 16th Century Protestants in Ireland and the UK would not plant them. But apparently Catholics got around this by sprinkling them in holy water and planting them on Good Friday, thus baptizing them.

Potatoes have been around a fair while now, but there are still so many gardeners that still go by this rule. We are some of those gardeners…or at least this year we are as we were around to do it!

Living Arrows - 14/52 {2018}

Isla is really starting to pay attention to what we’re doing at the allotment these days and likes to try to help out where she can. Usually I get her to help me with weeding – she will sit there digging away at anything while I’m actually doing the weeding. Or this time I managed to get her to collect a load of stones (our beds are full of them. Clear a bed of them, and the next time you visit its full of stones again).

Isla really wanted to help with digging the potato bed this time too. She even tried picking up our forks and was standing on them to try to dig them into the ground, like we do. It’s amazing how much they pick up that you don’t realise. Chris was quite keen to teach her about planting the potatoes too. So he was explaining to her about spacing them apart, and then covering them over. Isla however, just wanted to keep piling more potatoes into the ground, so they had to be removed when she wasn’t looking!

It was really sweet to watch them gardening together. We have plans for an ‘Isla’ section of the allotment that we hope to start creating soon, that she can play in, and plant her own plants (and hopefully not trash!)

Of course, Isla didn’t spend all her time at the allotment helping out, she of course had to go in her beloved wheelbarrow and be pushed around while she goes “choo choo” like a train! So sooo cute!


Living Arrows

Living Arrows – 14/52 {2018}

If you’d like to see Life As Mrs D’s previous Living Arrows posts, you can find all of 2017’s here


you can find Life As Mrs D’s posts for Living Arrows 2018 here.


  1. Siobhan McLoughlin

    April 6, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Lovely photo and I have learnt something new! I did not know that about potatoes! x #livingarrows

  2. Donna

    April 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I had no idea about the potatoes – but it looks like a good job done! I have no idea what day it is either! x

  3. Mummy's Monkey

    April 8, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    I had no idea about that tradition! I love the idea of having an allotment #livingarrows

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