After breakfast (and copious cups of coffee) she sat on the verandah, in the early morning sunshine, to shell the peas. Not two minutes passed before she was joined by her five and six year olds who began to shell peas with her.
Then Mother 'A' noticed that the children were eating the peas instead of putting them in the bowl. She had to set a rule. "Have as many as you want, but for every pea you eat, you have to put one into the bowl."
At dinner time, there weren't enough peas left for the family meal so Mother 'A' had to hunt around in the garden for enough chard to supplement the peas. Fortunately there was plenty of chard to be found.
Which mother had more fun providing peas?!
Mother 'A' knows her way of living doesn't always work easily and she knows it's not a quicker option but she feels her life is richer.
Now for the broad beans! Aaargh!