Sunshine & Freckles 

Sunshine and Freckles, that would make a good name for a blog!

I love the sun for many, many reasons, one of them being Buzz’s freckles come to life! Look at them! Perfection! 😍

 

Silly things to do with Chrupki (Polish corn pufs – 100% corn and nothing else – kinda like eating those polystyrine packaging thingies! But at the same time very morish and healthy (no sugar, salt, oil etc. etc.).

 

We made up our own clapping routine. I did the first 8 claps, then Buzz the second 8 claps, then me the third 8, then Buzz the fourth 8. Maybe we’ll add to it another day. Oh and feel free to subscribe to Buzz’s You Tube channel – click on the video and it should take you there.

 

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Garden Galore!

We only intended to make a little broken pot garden (pot got broken in the latest wind storm, but nothing is trash in this household!), but we got carried away and made three little gardens: a broken pot cascading garden, a hanging basket, and a little miniature village. The bare patch on the village has grass seeds, we will be making it into a little playground on a lawn.

Fun times!

 

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Bee Bungalow

Towards the end of last summer I had to cut two of our fennel plants down because the they were attracting wasps. I didn’t know wasps were partial to fennel nectar! I didn’t feel comfortable with B playing in the garden with about 30 wasps hanging around. We kept one of the plants as they were so popular with the bees and ladybirds and we welcomed those guests open-heartedly, but wanted a few less wasps in our garden.

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I left the cut down plants sitting at the end of the garden. Once Spring arrived this year I went out to tidy up the garden and discovered the thick fennel ‘trunk’ pieces were hollow down the middle. We decided this was perfect to make into a home for solitary bees. I found a tall plastic plant pot which could act as a waterproof cover, cut the ‘trunk’ pieces to size and put them in. There was still some room left so my husband found some other bits of wood, got the drill out, and he and B drilled some holes. It was the first time B had used the drill (carefully supervised!), he was so excited. He wants to be just like daddy!

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They drilled holes in each end of the pieces of wood about 3 or 4 inches long, along with some diagonal holes in the middle. We filled up the plastic pot and wedged it amongst the branches of one of our trees which has a snowberry plant growing up around it, the flowers of which the bees love. I made a little sign for the bees, though it was of course it was really just to look pretty rather than being for the bees themselves!

We were having too much fun, out in the sunshine, the boys with their boy-toys, so we made another bee home, slightly different this time. The wood was much denser and more freshly cut and seemed like it would be more waterproof, so we didn’t need a cover for this one. We bundled the sticks together with string and hung it on the fence behind the Forsythia, which the bees rather like.

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I hope the solitary bees like them!

Explosive Fun

This was a fun little after-school science activity. I had the things I needed ready before B came home from school: a small plastic bottle, a bottle of vinegar, a jug or another old bottle, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), a teaspoon and red food colouring.

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Once B was home, we took everything outside. We put the small plastic bottle on the ground and packed some sand around it from the sand table, which made it look like a mountain, with the opening to the bottle exposed like a crater. Then I let B put a couple of heaped teaspoons of bicarb in the bottle. I poured some vinegar and food colouring into the old plastic bottle (which we used as a jug) for B to pour into the mountain. It worked a treat! We experimented with different amounts, which changed how quickly or slowly it came out. Sometimes we had quite a violent volcano, other times it was a slow ooze. Not enough of either bicarb or vinegar and it didn’t really work. We ran out of vinegar far too soon, we could have kept going for ages!

No doubt we will do this again sometime soon, and perhaps try a different shape or size bottle, maybe a bigger bottle with a thinner neck/opening. And we’ll make sure we have plenty of vinegar!