Thursday, 19 July 2012


For those of you who don't know, giving a 2 year old a punnet of blackberries in the car is not a good idea. It seemed like it at the time - well it didn't but it seemed better than the alternative which would have been toddler meltdown and complete inability to get her back in the car. Plus requesting fruit should be encouraged, no? We do our main food shop online so that we don't have the stresses of shopping in a big supermarket with small children so it's a bit of a novelty to shove them both in a trolley and potter around a supermarket for a few bits and bobs. Isabel almost always requests fruit. Isaac varies in what he wants and is very good at helping unload the trolley onto the check out. So there we were. Two tired children and a bag of shopping and whilst Isaac was happy to have a fairly unremarkable muffin Isabel wanted blackberries. Not one or two. No that wouldn't do. It had to be the whole punnet. 

Combine all of this with driving around and around a small village trying to find somewhere to park so that we could go for a paddle in the village and blackberries being launched into the front lead to an abrupt stop on a country lane and a part punnet of fruit retrieved. The squished berries in the back only got cleared up today. 

The dog wouldn't eat them but he did find bits of bread sticks and all sorts of other things (it's better not to ask). Both kids happily play in the front of the car whilst I clear out the back. The dog sticks around until the Dyson appears when he goes off to see if he can wander down the street without me noticing. Isaac being Isaac and the sunroof was too tempting. He did take a cloth to the roof of the car though so at least he was being useful. 

All manner of things were retrieved from the back of the car - 5 socks, a pair of wellies and many toys included. Isabel reclaimed the wellies almost immediately.

I wouldn't say the car interior was clean but it's no longer a health hazzard.

Oh and a public service announcement to anyone with split rear seats and small children - you'll need to clean underneath... how all the food make it down that tiny crack I have no idea but it was pretty grim under there.

I give it till the weekend before it's a mess again.


  1. Oh gosh don't, I'm going to have to buy one of those hand vacuum thing as we don't have a drive or anything close enough to get hoover plugged in!

  2. I take all the rear seats out the Galaxy every couple of months and it never ceases to amaze me the sheer quantity of EVERYTHING!!