Saturday, 25 July 2009

One Saturday in July

Today was one of those Saturday's that seem to unfold themselves out without any real effort upon your part. After a slow beginning, we took a short stroll into our little township, bypassing the duck pond to feed our friendly ducks.
The sky was bluer than it had been in weeks, the sun bright, and if not for the chilly breeze that enveloped us, you might have believed it was Spring.
As the six of us stood throwing pieces of bread to the ducks, a completely unexpected visitor popped up from the murky waters, and eel! Not just any eel, but a huge eel, at least 3 or 4 ft long, and a good six inches thick at the head. He lazily snacked on our bread, and Kyla was instantly smitten with him. She has called him Sylvester. Unfortunately no pic, I'd left my camera at home. Hopefully he will return and I will get one.

After doing some errands in 'town' we headed home and had something to eat. The other day when we had called around to the in laws house, the kiddos had raided Nana's lemon tree, so to use some up, Sienna and I decided to make lemon muffins. Madi was in her room, and Ky and Denver were busy playing pirates, so it was just the two of us for a change.

Little Miss Muffin Maker

She sifted, poured and mixed. And licked the bowl when she was done.
Licking the Spoon

Yum. Her sisters managed to reappear, just as the muffins were emerging from the oven, strange that.

After that I decided to get a painting activity ready outside.
Stomp the Paint

She always makes me laugh as she chats away. 'Hey, white's like [whipped] cream mum!'
'Make me spotty, like Dora. I'm a spotty baby'

Denver didn't want to miss out on the fun, so Sienna kindly offered to paint her hands and feet.

And before long, the big girls had abandoned their other activities and joined in the fun.
Eight Feet of Paint


Sarah said...

That's going to be one huge, colourful piece of artwork to hang up and look at whenever you need a cheery reminder of a sunny day. We've had so many grey days here in Welly this winter - few of the usual sunny, cold interludes that we are normally blessed with to keep us going till Spring. It's been a tough one for everyone, but 27 September isn't so far away, when daylight saving starts and we'll all be playing out in the garden till 7.30pm as the evenings get lighter and lighter still - hurray!

skatey katie said...

perfect day.
sienna looks like an angel in pic #2.
hey i have come across this idea called Curriculum Integration, it looks like Unschooling in the Classroom - i am doing a whole paper on it, only had 3 weeks of it but it is resonating SO MUCH!!!!!
child-centred, student-driven, teacher is the facilitator... X

The Word Party

Loving words clutch crimson roses,
Rude words sniff and pick their noses,
Sly words come dressed as foxes,
Short words stand on cardboard boxes,
Common words tell jokes and gabble,
Complicated words play Scrabble,
Swear words stamp around and shout,
Hard words stare eachother out,
Foreign words look lost and shrug,
Careless words trip on the rug,
Long words slouch with stooping shoulders,
Code words carry secret folders,
Silly words flick rubber bands,
Hyphenated words hold hands,
Strong words show off, bending metal,
Sweet words call each other 'petal',
Small words yawn and suck their thumbs,
Till at last the morning comes,
Kind words give out farewell posies....
Snap! The dictionary closes.