Day in the Life of a Boy..

frog, nature, boysWe spent our day yesterday in the garden, tending our veg, mowing our lawns, digging our pond, and most importantly – loving our frogs 😀

I remember collecting frog spawn as a kid, keeping it in an old washing up bowl in the garden, being thrilled to see the transformation from spawn, to tadpoles, to frogs, then finally releasing them back into the stream we found them in.. Am so hoping our own pond will be used by the frogs next year, and that my little one will get to see the cycle for himself 😀

New things on the go.. and bugs!

caterpillar eggs, maybug, garden, vegetables Sunny today, so working in the garden. Pots are running short, so as soon as anything gets slightly bigger than weedy seedling I bung it in the ground and cross my fingers, today the tomatoes got a chance to progress on, well, 29 of them did, the other variety will have to wait a while 😀

While we were happily getting all composty, we spotted a strange – rather large – creature we had never seen before. Off to trusty Facebook to upload the photo and within minutes lovely friends had informed me it was a cockchafer, also known as a Maybug. The Boy has been enthralled with it, but very sad that they apparently live for only one day.

We then noticed a little group of eggs on one of our plants (cabbage/sprout or cauli – I’d obviously run out of sticks to tag them). We will sacrifice this plant, and keep it somewhere safe so that we can watch the caterpillars emerge, did I mention the extreme bug love that goes on at our house..?!

purse, poppy, brooch And here’s a quick look at a couple of new things I’ve been working on, the poppy piece on green and cream will become a clutch, and the other is a brooch 😀

After mainly doing pyrography for the last couple of weeks, it appears my sewing mojo is returning.

Phew. 😀

Edit: After reading a bit more, it seems that it’s Mayflies that only live a day, and the beastie we found can live a month or more. The Boy is going to think it’s a miracle if it’s still going strong tomorrow! Yay!

Rain, hail, finally a bit of sun..

daffodils, springbeautiful white drops of winter
It’s been really cold here lately, with plenty of rain and a touch of hail, and although it’s doing my new plants the world of good, it’s also stopping me from getting out in the garden and doing more. I thought I’d put up a couple of photos I took a few weeks ago, photos that make me smile to look at them, and make me long for a bit more sun!
We’re looking forward to get started on planting the vegetables. Last year we planted potatoes, onions and tomatoes, but only really had any luck with the tomatoes – I think I put the others in too shady a place, so we’ve moved things around, and the semi-shaded area is now being dug to create a wildlife pond, to hopefully accomodate the frogs we always see in the garden, and we’ve put up window boxes for kitchen herbs, and will be doing hanging baskets for strawberries, and containers for everything else. Hopefully it’ll all work out!

In the meantime, we’ve been doing a lot of reading, drawing, sewing and baking. I love this photo of the cakes, though I can’t take any of the credit for them, from stirring, to spooning, to decorating and finally to eating, they are all the work of a very proud little one 😀

And would you look at our new book stash that was delivered today! 😀

tasty hey?!books, learning, sore throat