Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
A "boys only" birthday party was the next big occasion -- a lego theme with plenty of bunting, games, prizes and personalised take-home bags. There's an entire post coming just on this, although I was too busy rushing about and entertaining to take many photos.
And our 'puppy' (below -- named because he actually pants when he's pleased) is well and truly scooting about underfoot. Still mudskippering along on his tummy, but that doesn't slow him down! He'll eat anything -- lasagne, whole slices of watermelon, cucumber, plums and sandwiches. Of course I always watch him carefully when he's eating, but everything's been thoroughly gummed up and swallowed up t0 now. He's started waving, too, but never quite on demand -- usually a few minutes after a request to say "bye bye"! But he's as good natured, smiley, friendly and easygoing as even, and a joy to all of us.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Eric can't yet read well, but still recites the sentences he remembers to Adam, and turns the pages while pointing to pictures.
As an aside, I'm reading the Little Prince to Eric in the evenings now. He's entranced, and I'm again struck by its sweetness and poignancy. It's both adult and naive at the same time, and like most of the best books I've read, it can work on so many different levels.
This month it was a balloon flower -- I've loved these blooms since the days when I'd visit the flower markets early in the mornings, and see huge buckets spilling over with long-stemmed, sky-blue balloon flowers.
There's nothing more charming than a meeting of the little seaside town's garden club. An elderly gentleman took the floor to talk about a trip to New Zealand's 'rho-DE-den-drons' -- his slides of the gardens there were breathtaking. Then tea and cake, followed by club business, and judging of the floral displays -- the week's theme was 'green', for St Patrick's Day, and my mother took first place with her arrangement.
And at the end, when the thank you's were done, a dapper chap in the back row stood up and asked for a round of applause for the "good little baby sitting in the corner there" -- and everyone clapped and smiled at us, while Adam chuckled and beamed and waved his fat little fists in the air.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
I only put ten or so plants in this year, since Geoff had a stand growing in the back paddock -- but most of those failed due to the crazy, humid summer we've had. But next year we plan to plant a huge swathe down near the orchard, where there's more space for the air to blow through.
I've since cleared the stalks, and this week will prepare the garden for winter vegies.
Monday, 7 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Which means Eric and I (along with almost 20 other kids) were the cheer squad.
And the free jumping castle meant the kids had another reason to cheer!
I've never cooked with quinces before, but our little tree is laden with green and golden yellow fruit, so now seems a good time to begin. These are miniature quinces -- I wonder if they'll have enough flesh on them to make it worth the peeling and coring?
Friday, 4 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
With evenly spaced, sturdy branches just a short step apart, and not too many leaves in the middle, this spreading liquid amber is a perfect place for Eric to play -- while I concentrate on feeding and cleaning out the chicken coop just below!
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
#276 Boys who make lego in bed until the last moment when I turn the light off.
#278 A Granny who offers to look after a baby and little boy, so that a tired Mummy can sleep all afternoon long (since her littlest has spent the last few weeks waking up every two to three hours at night).
#289 A pink zinnia suspended in a glass vase.