My eldest boy flies back to the UK tomorrow, last term at university for this year. I'm always a little heavy hearted when they have to go away again. So to sooth my maternal heart, I'm following his suggestion for a boy's post: Opinel knives.
We live in the countryside - have I already mentioned that?! - and being a fairly hands-on, outdoorsy sort of family, the children have been encouraged to use tools. I have always seen my boys with a pocket knife, from about the age of 8. Whittling sticks, cutting up worms, sharing an apple, carving initials - it's just a country boy's must-have.
The quintessential French pocket knife is the Opinel. Inexpensive, fold away, sharp, good looking. The knives are made in the Savoie region of France; a beech wood handle and steel blade. Originally designed in 1895, they have since acquired design status and feature in museums worldwide.
How about you, do you have a favourite accessory you associate with your children?