James has taken up gardening. All on his own, he took a packet of sweet peas seeds from the drawer, went to the greenhouse and put some compost in a pot and then emptied his packet of seeds into it. He then poured a whole can of water on to it :) How did he know that sweet pea seeds should be soaked before planting?
One of his favourite occupations right now is the ongoing construction of a car park at the bottom of the garden. This is heavily influenced by the fact that a railway station and car park are being built a few hundred yards from our house, and he has spent quite a bit of time studying this process. At his age, however, he is only really interested in the end result, rather than the means by which this will be achieved. He is not yet aware that many trees have been cut down and fields have been concreted over, so this arguably essential train service can be offered. Sadly it means that our the countryside is disappearing as they move along the line.
I do believe that children have an innate love and knowledge of nature, but sadly many do not have the opportunity to use this gift - because so many of these natural and wild spaces have disappeared under such construction projects. I am so glad that at least we have this space where he can learn to nurture and be nurtured by the soil and just enjoy being of the earth.