After reading about Soulemama's weekend bliss I thought I would share some snaps of our garden today. A few moments of bliss taking photographs in the sunshine while L was napping.
I'm trying to encourage L with learning some more first words. This week I learnt that children sometimes need to hear a certain word up to 200 times in different situations before they can completely understand its meaning! With my older girl I had alot more time with her when she was little reading books together and she would have my complete, undivided attention so her speech came along very quickly. With two girls now, things are busy, they are playing, drawing, running around...K needs to be dropped off and picked up from school... so it's hard to fit everything in that needs to be done everyday. The children are TV free and we still don't seem to have enough time to do everything we want to do. So each day now, I am making sure I have some 'special time' just with little L where she can choose an actvity, we can sit down together and she knows she has my undivided attention and lots of opportunities for communication. Yesterday, I made a song/rhyme box with 12 pictures showing the different songs/rhymes. The idea is that your child in able to look at the pictures and choose which song they would like to sing with you. Once they get to really know each song, you can try leaving a word out at the end of a line for them to fill in, 'Twinkle Twinkle little _____' or you can 'forget' the words so your child can then remind you what to sing. L's favourite nursery rhyme is 'Row, row, row your boat' and 'Wind the bobbin up'.
Since starting to write this post, L has just said the word butterfly for the first time!
K has been out in the garden in the sunshine planting her giant sunflower seeds and sweet basil seeds. She has planted them in a propagator which I have now put on the floor of our tiny garden room. Hopefully the seeds will germinate...I guess we will have to wait and see if any seedlings will pop up. I'm not very hopeful, K and I tried to grow sunflowers last year and out of twenty seeds only three grew. I still don't know what we did wrong. I'm hoping the basil will grow. I'm too impatient to wait for the garden centre to get the little basil plants in again (the last cold weather we had damaged their basil plants) so I thought we would try growing it from seed so we can end up with pots of basil to keep on our kitchen windowsil. It would be very useful as I use fresh basil in cooking so much.
Little L likes to potter around the garden sweeping up. We did have this broom indoors in the children's play kitchen area but I got tired of picking up broken little bits of twig so I have now left it outdoors for them to play with instead.
K has just been reading The Little Red Hen at school so it was a wonderful surprise to find a windmill along the winding country lanes on our day out today. She has never seen one before so she was very excited to have a closer look. She then re-told the story to all of us which her little sister loved. It really made her morning to see something so unexpected.
We went out in the springtime sun to enjoy a simple picnic of homemade bread (thank you breadmaker) and cheese, salad and cold juice. This was the first time that L walked almost the whole way with a couple of carries here and there. Her little legs did very well because it is about an hours walk through the forest. I love enjoying the outdoors with the girls.
We decided to visit the garden centre to get our plants started for the year. We chose several varieties of tomatoes (supersweet 100, Tumbling Tom, Alicante, Golden Sunrise and Roma) We love to plant plenty of cherry tomatoes because the children love eating them so much. Also, with any surplus this year, I would love to make some chutney. My older sister makes a lovely green tomato chutney with the tomatoes that never quite ripen so I will ask her for the recipe.
We also bought a Fernspot cucumber which we grew last year. We had so many cucumbers from just one plant! Hopefully, we will have lots again this year.
K chose her pumpkin plant, one which will be large and deep orange in colour, perfect for Hallowe'en. This will be the third year we have grown pumpkins for Hallowe'en. The girls really enjoy seeing them grow throughout the summer...and then there is always the slight panic about whether they will ripen in time for Hallowe'en. But they always do.
For my herb garden, I have started with Garden Mint, Oregano, French Parsley and Coriander. I wanted to get some basil, but the recent cold weather had killed what the garden centre had so it won't be available fo another few weeks. I have planted the herbs all in the same large pot. To stop the mint from spreading over the whole container, I have planted it in a medium size pot and submerged it into the soil to contain the roots.
(Do you remember when we planted these?)
Sorry for disappearing for a week, we decided to go to Wales to visit my parents. During the time we were there, they had no internet access...which actually made me realise how much I rely on the internet for connecting with my friends.
It gave me the apportunity to go through my photograph folders on my laptop. I have been very lazy about deleting the photos I didn't want and managed to take over 9,000 photos in less then a year. It took me two days to sort through them and reduce it down to 385 photos I wanted to keep and the rest have been deleted. I have backed them up on an external hardrive and this afternoon I am taking L into town to get the photos printed out. I am also going to choose an album to put them in so the girls can enjoy looking through them...so I have learnt my lesson....delete the images I don't want as soon as I upload them onto my laptop.
Have a lovely day! ♥