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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kawaii, Mary Anning and papier mache.

I or should I say we (Eleanor and I) have had a productive time so far. Lots of learning for both of us, and some long hours for me!
Eleanor has found a hobby, we have both liked some really cute Kawaii things, and she asked to buy some Fimo or Sculpey. She did, and made things all on her own, she has made me a pair of earrings which I'll put on another post.

She has a steadier hand than me!

We have done an art project on Mary Anning the fossil hunter who lived in Lyme Regis U.K.
Eleanor wrote a diary entry as Mary and we did some art work together.

Mary used to go out after the storms as she knew there would be some exciting finds to be made.
The piece below isn't finished yet, but it's about finding fossils after a storm, and how lightning had struck the three ladies (one holding Mary as a baby) and killed them all apart from Mary.
My work was a more direct representation of Mary and the tongue twister that she is supposed to have inspired.
"She sells sea shells on the sea shore
The shells she sells are sea shells I'm sure
And if she sells sea shells on the sea shore
Then I'm sure she sells sea shore shells."

We have a trip to  Minions on the moor tomorrow, I'd better go and find my wellies.
Bye for now!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Good friends, and changes.

A few weeks ago we said goodbye to a good friend. Luckily she isn't going too far!
We had art in common, and I'll miss a tea (half a tea in my case! I only ever drink half) and a chat.
I used to call her garden Eden as it was full of lovely plants, a lot of them productive.
I'm sure she won't mind if I pop a little piccy of a small part of her garden (and us)

She is a fantastic artist and I'll ask if I can post some of her prints in the future.
We are now custodians of a new plant and an little animal that couldn't go to their new house.
The plant was a money plant, I was told it is also a friendship plant.
As for the animal, the cutest little donkey has come to stay.
Very photogenic!
I gave my friend one useful and one decorative thing.
A trivet, with one chicken- I'm sure the other one wondered off somewhere (they had two.)

And a good luck picture for their new start, complete with guardian angel.

Despite my lazy approach to  gardening this year, it did bloom. I was fascinated by the beauty of  the lettuce plants that had gone to flower.The red was topped with bright yellow flowers, and looked like a christmas tree.

(Blogger is being a bit piccy with my piccys so can't show the red lettuce with yellow flowers.)
So here is the green one!

Also despite bad mildew, a butternut squash

and a pumpkin have appeared.

My posts may be even more erratic in the months to come, because we have taken the decision to teach my daughter at home. My son is thriving at school, and he will stay there. I have seen my  daughters keen, enquisitive spirit dulled and she just does not thrive in a learning environment like school at all.There was nothing wrong with her teachers and no bullying etc. I do feel frustrated at the way they emphasise testing and ticking boxs all directed from the government.The last few days at home have begun a wonderful journey. I know it will be full of ups and downs! I'll tell you of our progress over the coming months. 
How does your garden or your little ones grow?

Friday, 6 September 2013

Hols and Blackberries.

What a summer!
I hope you all had a restful time, and were able to enjoy some sun.
I kept meaning to write a post about this and then that... and got easily distracted!
For the first time in seven years we had a holiday! We spent a week in Somerset, in a little cottage.
We had very quiet neighbours!

Tired children.
I had to make a record of this storage idea below. Nice and neat.

All in all it was a lovely break.
A lot of my photos won't go on blogger for some reason, so I'll move onto me' blackberries.
As some of you will know a bumper year!!
We picked over 24 lbs in two trips.

The few in jars.
It's funny but I can't look at this photo without thinking of the nativity, with the blue gingham being Joseph (just a random thought!)
 If anyone knows their blackberries-do they know why my second lot of blackerries (sieved) were slightly bitter?
When I had a chuck out recently I recycled loads of glass, so the rest of the jam went into unappealing plastic, and the second lot was frozen.
Next on the agenda is Damson jam and marrow (and ginger?) jam that I have never made before.
When I get some more jars!


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