Mum was trying to put Jamie to sleep but he was making an awful lot of noise. Jamie was Sally’s baby brother and he didn’t like when it was nap time.
“Why don’t you go out in the garden Sally? It’s nice and quiet outside,” said Dad.
“Can I bring my blanket? I could have a picnic,” said Sally.
“Only if it’s an imaginary picnic. It’s nearly lunchtime,” said Dad.
Sally went to her bedroom. She took off her shoes and socks and put on her big sunhat. She picked up her blanket ,doll ,two teddies and her toy picnic basket. With so much in her arms she couldn’t see where she was going. She dropped them all on the ground and went to find her shopping trolley.
“Have you seen my shopping trolley? I need it to carry my things outside” Sally asked Dad.
“It’s in Jamie’s room. But you can’t go in there because Mum is trying to get Jamie to sleep,” said Dad.
Sally was about to cry but Dad had an idea.
“Why not use you doll’s pram? That’s in the hall,” said Dad.
“That’s a great idea!” said Sally.
Sally put everything she needed into the pram. She pushed it to the kitchen but it got stuck in the backdoor.
“Let me lift that down for you,” said Dad.
“Thank you,” said Sally.
It was much quieter outside. The only noises were the birds in the garden trees but Sally liked that noise. It was much nicer than the noise of Jamie crying.
The pram was easy to push on the patio but was much harder to push on the grass.
Sally took out her blanket and lay it on the ground, trying not to squash too many buttercups.
“You sit there Dolly Lucy, you here Teddy Tom and Teddy Tickles can sit next to you,” said Sally as she put her toys on the blanket.
Sally gave them each a pretend cup of tea.
“I forgot to bring any bread and butter so you’ll have you eat daisies instead,” Sally said to her toys.
Sally sat down and had some pretend milk in her cup but didn’t eat a daisy because she knew that could give her a sick tummy. Toys didn’t get sick tummies so it was okay for them.
Dad came into the garden.
“I’d love a cup of your tea” said Dad.
“You can share with Dolly Lucy. She doesn’t really like tea anyway. She prefers milk.” said Sally.
“Like you,” said Dad.
Dad sat down on the blanket and Teddy Tom fell over.
“Daddy! You knocked over Teddy Tom” said Sally.
“Sorry Teddy Tom, the blanket is a bit small for all of us” said Dad sitting Teddy Tom up again.
“Here’s your tea,” said Sally.
“Thank you. Mmm, delicious,” said Dad pretending to sip his tea.
“Do you know you have no shoes on Sally?” Dad said.
“They’re in my bedroom,” said Sally
“Silly Billy, you’re always supposed to wear shoes in the garden,” said Dad, “What if you stand on a stone?”
“I won’t. I watch where I’m going,” said Sally. “I like wearing no shoes in the garden.”
“Why?” said Dad.
“The grass feels nice under my toe-toes,” said Sally, “It’s tickley and soft and sometimes a bit bumpy and I like it.”
Dad smiled. “That’s a good reason not to wear shoes. I think I’ll try it.”
Dad took off his shoes and socks. He put his socks into his shoes because Mum always tells him his socks are smelly and there’s less smell when they are hidden in the shoes.
Dad wriggled his toes in the grass.
“That does feel nice,” said Dad, “It feels airy.”
“Grass isn’t airy. It’s grassy,” said Sally.
Sally lay down on her blanket and closed her eyes, which is what mum wanted Jamie to do inside. Sally thought it was easy to close her eyes and didn’t know why Jamie found it so hard.
“If you’re going to sleep then I’ll go back inside,” said Dad, “I’m supposed to be getting lunch ready anyway.”
“Can I have my lunch out here?” said Sally.
“Why not?” said Dad standing up. He picked up his shoes and carried them to the house.
“Yippee!” said Sally.
“Oww!” said Dad.
Sally looked up at dad. He was holding his foot in his hand.
“What happened?” said Sally.
“I stood on a stone,” said Dad.
“Silly Billy Daddy,” said Sally, “You should have been looking where you were going because you’ve no shoes on.”
Sally lay down again and waited for her picnic.