Thursday, 2 February 2012
Keeping cosy but still having fun outside :-)
It is chilly here in the UK at the moment (well not as chilly as over in places like Russia or Canada but chilly for our standards :-)). This week the temperatures have been going down to -10 degrees in some areas so I have been keeping the woodburner going non-stop and to save a few pennies I have been popping my kettle on top and enjoying waiting for the whistling sound to call me.
Now I don't usually like cold weather but I have been looking forward to some frosty weather so I can have a play with ice :-)
Some time go I saw an idea for making your own ice art. As soon as the icy weather was upon us I rummaged through the cupboard for a nice flat based dish and rummaged through the garden for some arty items :-)
I chose some lovely fennel seed heads and holly berries. I popped them out over-night and waited until morning came to see if my creations had been created for me by Mother Nature.
They look so pretty swinging in the gentle wind - like rubies set in glass.
I love how they look against the sky and with the sparkle they create when the sun reflects off them. Little Sweetpea has loved this experiment too, she has bought them in and sat then near the fire to see how they melt slowly. She then popped bits of ice on her hand and is amazed by how it melts because of her body temperature. She turned to me and told me how it was 'magic' - she is right :-) Obviously I told her why it was melting and how but I like the idea of it being magic. PS if you are doing this with your children please be careful which berries you use, I was very careful to keep an eye on my little one as I didn't want her eating holly berries and being sick.
Another thing making me smile this week is Eldest Sweetpea running past the window with batons of wood. What was he up to? When I asked he told me he was making a bee hive. He is hoping some of Mr Sweetpea's honey bees will see the new home he has made and move house :-) I went out to the shed and this is what I found. He has even carved an entrance hole out for them and put wire mesh on - oh how I love his DIY ways - it makes up for his hormonal outbursts :-)
Middle and little Sweetpea have been busy looking after the chickens. The chickens are still enjoying pottering around the garden, I don't think my hellebore's are enjoying them being out though :-( We had one chicken jump up at our dining room window yesterday, goodness knows how it got there as it is all locked off. She was so happy to be re-united with her mates and they were very happy to see her too - you could hear them clucking about her arrival.
I had better be off , I am afraid I am not allowed on the pc as much at the moment due to being diagnosed with tendonitis :-( I have been told to take ibuprofen 3 times a day and to limit things that exasperate it. I will keep reading blogs and love reading your comments too but please forgive me if I don't respond or comment as much as usual.