Wednesday, 26 August 2015

On Repeat - Yarn Along

Joining in with Ginny
Sharing a weekly knit and a read.

It happened again, I devoured a book - started in Ireland, half heartily read the first few chapters, far too sleeply to concentrate after days of wonderful adventure, discarded.
Picked up again and inhaled from the beginning to end, in a couple of days.
Read it, it's fabulous.
Children of Willow Farm coming to an end too, three chapters to go, such a delightful book, packed with gentle explanations of farming ways and country living.
And socks, the boy wanted pink socks, so he got them, very quickly.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Thursday with The ( Water )Buddies

With all the rain we've been having lately, it seemed appropriate to introduce the water cycle to The Buddies.
Firstly they mixed food colouring with water, taking turns to choose colours and mix them up.
After drawing clouds, they used a pipette to add drops of the coloured water to the paper.
This was then blown with straws, chased as far as it would go.
This proved great fun.
The Buddies experimented with blowing the paint using straws, toilet roll tubes and just their mouths.
Next up, they created rain clouds.
Big jugs half filled with water, were topped with a generous amount of shaving foam to simulate a cloud.
They then dropped the coloured water, again using the pipette onto the top of the cloud, letting it soak through.
This created a rain effect in the water below.
Both Buddies were fascinated by the different coloured rain and the patterns it created.

Oscar said " the buddies had great fun doing the experiment "
Jack said " my favourite bit was dropping paint onto the paper and blowing it "

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Farming Socks - Yarn Along

Joining in with Ginny over at

The last time I devoured a book, to my shame was The Twilight Saga, staying up way too late, snatching chapters while chopping veg, stirring a pot or having a wee !
But this book, this book I. Could. Not. Put. Down.
Everything else had to wait.
I had already read Child 44, Agent 6 and The Secret Speech,  all Tom Rob Smith's other books, enjoying the insight into Russia and it's ways, the intrigue and suspicion of life behind the Iron Curtain.
The Farm set in England and Sweden, showing the authors own heritage, had me completely drawn into it's pages, unsure of where I was being taken, what to believe or how this dark tale would end.
I lost hours.
Fed my family, pizza and oven chips.
Forgot to get the washing in when it rained and left the next load in the machine for a day !
So I am shocked to discover that not only have I finished the book ( 2 days ) but Oscar's socks are also nearly done ( just over a week )
And the Barbara Erksine, I was going to start from last week, lasted less than three chapters, yawn ! yawn !

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Runner Beans

A wigwam of beans, 
A place of shade and fun, 
Of bees and butterflies
Red flowers turning into long, green beans
A hiding spot
A peaceful spot
An abundunt spot
A delicious harvest, topped and tailed
Chopped and cooked
Eaten and stored
A delight to savour, long after summer has gone.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Thursday with The Buddies - Rocket Men

In July, The Buddies enjoyed a visit to Armagh Planetarium, N. Ireland.
Both Jack and Oscar were mesmerised by a visual journey through Space, seeing the constellations come to life, learning the names of Planets and riding Saturn's rings.
Since then, we have continued this theme using books, YouTube videos and games.
Today, we tested the power of air, using balloon rockets.
Blowing balloons, bulldog clips and sellotaping them to straws on strings proved tricky for The Buddies but the countdown and launching was all theirs.
We did quiz The Buddies on the concepts of Newtonian Motion but realistically their enjoyment came from racing the released balloons.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Socks - Yarn Along

Joining in with Ginny

I am two chapters from finishing my latest Jack Reacher novel, this Barbara Erskine will be next.
Socks for my little love on the needles, inspired by the coming of Autumn.
She is feeling close, very close with her breezes and darker evenings, orange leaves are appearing on the cherry trees, apples, blackberries and elder berries are nearly ready for picking, the light is changing, the shift is happening.
I welcome her.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Beach Buddies

As most people were leaving, we arrived
Late afternoon sunshine
Sausages to BBQ, flasks of tea and cake, Madeira cake
Kites to fly and spades to dig 
And the sea
To splash to kick and jump, to paddle, to swim

Family to chat with, teenagers to tease
Knitting abandoned for bug swatting
Frisbee and traffic jams of cars, planes and diggers
Sand filled buckets
Water to collect and sand dunes to explore
These times are good, healthy, healing
We are restored