Oh dear. We've all got raw throats and hacking coughs today. It's time for a cozy home day.
The kids have been playing so nicely... tiny dolls house dolls have been dressed and fed, taken to the zoo and put to bed. Train tracks have been designed and constructed and adorned with elaborate duplo signal towers. We've made paper boats and laughed as a brave little blackbird hopped in through the open back door to pinch a stray piece of toast crust lying on the floor.
He left a poo behind on my kitchen floor by way of thanks.
It's so nice to have a day in sometimes, but still, this throat is driving me crazy. Time to try the old lemon and honey remedy.
It's not something we had in my family. Mum swore by a salt water gargle instead, but I don't think I'd be able to convince the kids to try that, so I'm introducing them to Stephen's childhood tradition. But of course it shouldn't be too hot. Even I prefer it just warm - it's gentler on my throat.
Child-friendly honey and lemon sore throat remedy:
Place a generous squeeze of lemon juice in a teacup
Add a heaped teaspoon of honey (luscious unheated Tasmanian honey is my preference)
Top with warm water (boil the kettle and let it cool down)
Stir until honey dissolves
Serve with love and sympathy