Rainy days

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Nothing much has happend for a couple of days since we have had non-stop rain. We have been doing more cleaning up and sorting out of junk. And going around in my head, I’m thinking,  I know it’s only July but if I don’t sit down and start to plan the next Curriculum September is going to be here in a flash.

A, my second oldest, who is only six, and very much a boys boy has fallen in love with finger knitting, he loves it. He will sit in the school room (I don’t like to call it that but I haven’t thought up of a good name for the room yet, any suggestions will be gratefully received) with his finger knitting whilst listening to music.

A pile of A’s finger knitting.

I found online someone else who had a son doing the same thing, so they came up with an idea of joining the ends together, and using a hula hoop as a frame and some rope that criss-crosses through the middle, the finger knitting can then be woven to make a spiral place mat.

Finished product, hoping A’s will turn out just as good.

Weaving the finger knitting

On one of the evening when it had stopped raining for a short time we managed to go out and collect and sort out some fire wood for seasoning.

This is a pile that were cut from some ever greens that had grown too high around the house.

This pile is ready to be cut in to smaller chunks, piled and ready to be seasoned for fire wood.

Branches and leaves cut from the larger branches.

The smaller branches and leaves are separated from the larger logs ready to be shredded and made in to our own mulch compost.

More branches ready for the shredder.

Whilst I was taking photos of all of this I looked down on the ground and to my amazement I saw an abundance of Herb Robert

Herb Robert beside the wood pile.

This little ‘weed’ as some people see it is an amazing little plant herb, and it grows wildly free for us to use. It is a little miracle plant and it contains something called Geranium, which is also found in Ginseng, Goji Berry seeds, Shiitake mushrooms, it is anti cancerous and anti tumour, it allows more oxygen to enter our cells, it has a special element called Ellagic Acid that also helps bust cancer and tumours. It would be the same as Ginseng for energy and you can make tea from it and use the water as an eye wash for infections. It is an adaptogen, so if you have high or low blood pressure it can stabilize it. It helps to regulate cholesterol, blood sugar and is great for the immune system and reduces radiation in the body. All in all a powerful little plant wouldn’t you say?

Water scorched leaves.

We have noticed that some of our plants have become water scorched from all the rain we have been having.

But at least we still have good strawberries!!

Strawberry rock.

R had collected lots of large pebbles, painted them like strawberries and placed them around the strawberry patch, supposedly the birds would try to peck at these and give up and won’t return to the same place. Has it worked? Possible… it is those darn slugs we have a problem with, but every time we incorporate something new into the garden to make it better the number of slugs seem to reduce, it is only our second year of a fruit and veg garden and it is getting better all the time.

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5 responses »

  1. slug & snail repellent: save your egg shells, rinse them & let them dry. then get the tots to snap, scrunch & crumble them into tiny bits & then carefully sprinkle/arrange in an unbroken ring around the plants you wish to protect – slugs & snails do not like to traverse across crunchy – et voila as the garlic escargot munching nation would say.

      • you may need to use more egg shells & as you say they are very good for the soil. Ash is good for deterring slugs – but not when it rains – wishing you some sunny days soon 🙂 xx

  2. Loving your blog 🙂 names for the class room – brain box, learning zone, study, library, knowledge house ……
    Have you tried copper for your slugs?

    • Thank you, those names sound great, i’l see what the kids think. Yes copper does work, we made copper coils from cut and stripped electrical wire, but you need a lot of it and copper is expensive. Thankfully its not as bad as it was.

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