Monday, October 31, 2011

MUD PIE Kitchen


Inspired by the many wonderful mud pie kitchens I've seen on others blogs, I decided to make one of our own. About 20 minutes later, a brand new mud pie kitchen, made from all the junk we have hanging around - it does come in handy sometimes! I was most excited about the toys in the hanging baskets, easy to put away and free draining. 

Middle one said - "but how do you make mud pies". I gasped in shock. What have I been depriving my children of? It didn't take him long to catch on, and they all took to it with gusto. Think this might be a favourite outdoor summer hangout.

Linking up with Play Ideas Word for Wednesday "Outdoors".

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ladybirds, Aphids and Nature

We are overrun with aphids.  All over the roses, which you would expect, but they're not stopping there.  Surprisingly, the Japanese Maple is covered in them.  I've never noticed this happen before, but perhaps it has and I just hadn't observed it.  I spied a maple tree a whole town away under siege as well.
 Fortunately there is someone to the rescue.
 In her red and black cape. Sipping nectar.

 Making friends.

and multiplying. Leaving her eggs behind all over the place.  I spied many young ladybirds gathered in groups today. Planning there attack I dare say.

 The little ones are loving the appearance of these pretty critters.  We might try keeping a few to watch their freaky life cycle.

On keeping ladybugs in your garden
We already have a critter we're keeping a close eye on, but that's for another post.
    We love Miniscule, beware if you look up lady bird on You Tube you can be entertained for hours!

For more on my love of lady birds checkout this post on Alexander Beetle.

We're linking up with 1000 Homes of Happiness 'Nature' theme this week.  I'm a nature nut.  All the best stuff happens out there.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Paper Lanterns

Milk bottle lanterns lit up with tea candles.
This huntsman has taken up residency at our place.  He lives between the window and fly screen and creeps out scaring the little one.
Tissue paper lanterns - they were a bit thick and not so transparent so we gave them pumpkin faces. To see the beginning of  these creations:

More visits from the ravens


And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Costumes 2010 - What to do this year?


 What are you dressing up as this year?

Halloween Craft and happenings

A week of creating
 A rainbow spiders web - see here for it's beginnings

 He's lurking in there.

 Family art night making scary shadow puppets templates from
 dad got sooooo into making these

 Home made memory game from here


Just because she's cute, which lets me forgive her for this.
Our little bowerbird mouse is forever eating - and leaving bits behind. The fruit bowl is in her reach and she looves fruit, but it's not always a good thing.
The most delicious eggs from our neighbours chickens - pumpkin eggs for Halloween.

A murder of crows (well Australian Ravens actually) hanging around our house stealing our neighbours eggs and our strawberries. Just in time for Halloween. 
More craft and creations to come. Have you been getting into the spooky spirit? Of course it's all back to front here, being Spring, but I love spooky stuff and can't resist getting involved.

Last day to enter my Blogtober giveaway today.