There is a waterfall and wifi at our favourite Lake District bolt hole: The Independent DerwentWater Youth Hostel. However, as my son pointed out it lacks a PS4.
I'm driving up there soon with my teenagers, and wanted to get organised with meal planning, hence this morning's thinking space in Thortspace.
A couple of years ago, I climbed Scafell Pike with my son, not my daughter, her legs were too tired, her feet ached and she felt too sick.
They made it up Snowden with me last year instead.
Perhaps my breakfast, lunch and evening meals will encourage them across Cat Bells.
What do you enjoy cooking when you self cater?
What's my Nan's coffee and walnut cake got to do with Solving World Problems One Child At A Time?
From a young age, I encouraged my children to collect recipes and write and draw about them. It's more than just the ingredients it's often the stories in the mixture.
We don't particularly sit round fires telling stories so much now do we? It occurs to me that many of us have lost the art of story telling and the value in them.
I know that it's important for children to hear about their heritage and family successes and failures as they learn from them too. Often, it touches their hearts and minds and can create a deep emotional response.
I remember baking this coffee and walnut cake with my Nan, the experience inspired my enjoyment of baking too.
These shared moments and conversations form the foundations for our children's success and resilience in life and may even help them solve world problems!
Below is our GRANdom Dialogue from yesterday.
They grow on trees Mrs T. Carrots grow on trees' 8 year old child.
As parents we want our children to eat a wide variety of healthy nutritious food to nourish their mind, body and soul.
With all the plates we spin, this isn't always possible or realistic, plus kids don't always like it.
Fish fingers, nuggets, pizzas and takeaways are often more conveniently wolfed down and we can put a few peas on the side for a splash of colour.
I've taught many kids over the year who don't know where their food comes from. Without this connection to the earth, why would a boiled chopped french runner bean, raw radish or mushy courgette be appealing?
I'm passionate about getting kids sowing and growing, albeit from a tiny patio pot to a large allotment plot.
At 14 and 12 year old, my children aren't so keen to be seen out in public with me, let alone on an allotment!
However, the memories they do have of crawling around in soil, harvesting leaves, berries and bugs, are buried deep within nourishing their their own roots and shoots.
Do your children know where their food comes from?
Perhaps you enjoy sowing and growing together too and if so what are you picking?
Solving World Problems One Child at A Time
Today's words of Wisdom from Johnny Cash