It all began with a visit to the local Butcher, where a small group of our children were treated to a behind the scenes glimpse into the world of sausage making.
They arrived back at preschool excitedly clutching their very own little parcels of sausages. If that isn't a good reason to fire up the barbie I don't know what is.
First there were sticks to be gathered:
Sticks to be snapped and cut down to size:
A fire pit was dug:
And bricks were laid around the edges:
Into the pit with paper and sticks:
High excitement as the fire was lit:
And anticipation as their very own of fat sausages, fresh from their new mate the butcher, sizzled on the grill:
The air was filled with the heady mix of wood smoke and barbecue. There was something wonderfully homey about cooking outside that helped to lessen the gap that little bit more between preschool and home.
It might sound silly because I'm only talking snags on the barbie here, but coming together around a fire that you have helped to make and sharing food that you have helped to cook created a special feeling of community for all of us.