Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yarn Along - Bubble Rap

I swore I'd never buy one, but I have!   
I don't even know why I was so 'anti' in the first place?

I think I perceived it as an imminent threat to the printed word!  It's not really.  It doesn't have the touchy-feely-odeur appeal of a 'real' book.  
But I must admit, this Kindle thing is pretty cool - but a wee bit fragile.  Hence the need for 'bubble rap'.
We recently discovered that Rémi probably has a mild form Dyslexia, which makes reading a bit of an ordeal.  A friend of mine who is in international development and who specializes in education and technology, told me that new, unpublished studies, are revealing that dyslexic children read more efficiently from a screen than a printed page!  And another mum, who's son is also experiencing some difficulties, pointed out that, to a dyslexic child the mere volume of pages of even the smallest of books presents a big challenge.  But when reading from screen they only perceive one page at a time - thus the task of reading a whole book seems instantly more manageable.  He seems to like it, but it's new and has novelty value at the moment...

As I bought the Kindle from Amazon, at the same time I ordered myself  The Homemade Pantry - 101 Foods you can stop buying and start making.  This is a cookery book you can really read, filled with funny anecdotes from Alana's gastronomic journey through life, oh, and great recipes too.
Veggi burgers - W. I. P
See the three eggs, they're from my girls!  They finally started laying the morning after the summer solstice!! How bizarre is that?  I'm so proud of them, they're such a pair of cuties!
Veggi burgers - F.O
Usually I'm quite immune to marketing, I have my shopping list and I don't deviate, but these bottles of belgian beer got me hook, line and sinker.  Just look at the 'papa smurf' label!  The beer itself was pretty tasty but a tad strong for a monday evening!
{Joining in with Ginny for this weeks Yarn Along}

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The heat is on...

early evening knitting and and chilled wine sipping spot.
After a 7 month winter, a cold wet spring, which according to Sarah Raven (The great vegetable Plot)  -'is ideal for garlic, as water during the leafy grow period produces plump cloves', summer has sent a calling card announcing her imminent arrival.  Lets hope she plans on staying a while.
For the past week we've been getting hot days and rainy nights, just what the Dr ordered for gardens and humans alike.
Summer in general is pretty short around these parts so we been eating 'al fresco' as much as possible
breakfast brothers

Picnic lunches with little friends

BBQ's with big cousins

Birthday's with CAKE

I've gone from trying to remember where I planted the spinach to frantically picking the leaves before Mr Fussy (Tino) calibrates them and deems them too big for his consumption.  The mint and oregano are battling it out for superiority in the herb patch and my hanging basket strawberries are ripening nicely way out of reach of Tricoti and Tricota.  We've had them over a month now and only three eggs - one of which they ate.   I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt as I think they are just a bit young.  Richard on the other hand thinks they are duds and wants to eat them.  I called his bluff, telling him I'll be more than happy to roast them just as soon as he's 'butched' them - he'll never do it.

The girls cooling off with a bit of juicy watermelon - although it's not as if they ever work up a sweat!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sandbox science

Make a mini sand volcano and bury a glass jar in the middle.  Half fill with clear vinegar.  Add several drops of food dye - or failing this try paint (which doesn't work as well), sprinkle in a little glitter (then hide the box from 4 yr olds other wise your house, car, chickens, etc will finish up all spangly).  Add a good squirt of washing-up liquid and gently stir with a metal spoon.  Add a heaped teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and watch........

'The foam that pours out of the jar is formed by a simple chemical reaction.  When the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda mix, they make lots of tiny bubbles of gas.  The bubbles churn up the washing-up liquid, making lots of foam' (The Usborne Big Book of Science things to make and do)

This is also how we clean our loo.  1/4 cup vinegar, let sit for a few minutes, 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda and a wee squirt of washing-up liquid (optional).  The food color and glitter are also optional but if you want the kids to clean the toilet for you, ya gotta make it fun!  

After all this heavy scientific learning, jump up onto the sandbox roof and pretend to shoot people!
I wish they wouldn't play with guns (It wasn't me that bought them) but even when they don't have any they use finger guns or find sticks in just the right shape!  They will grow out of this, right?