Monarchs are my favorite!
The end of the year festivities at Forest school included a project culmination; the kids planned and cooked a meal entirely outdoors for the parents. After the delicious meal we had:
Their semester-long project was a great success. Construction also continues at Forest school and I wanted to share a shot of these cool signs they added to the construction fences:
In other construction news, we are nearly done with the chicken coop!
Greatest chicken coop name ever, right?! Quite apropos as the chickens (well, at least the building the coop part) has usurped our lives! Plus we love a good revolution, are are always generally dissatisfied by the status quo AND are all quite rebellious in nature. So the name is just perfect!
There will also be an “Eggsit” sign on the inside of the door. HAHAHAHAHAhaha
More pictures to come of the coop details once it is totally finished (still need to build the run). The chickens are loving their new home and I am just thrilled to have them out of the house!
We have also taken more trips to the barn to visit our friend’s horses…
Giving Dexie a run for her money in the good looks department, right?!
Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!
The pressure was on for the Spy’s Mother’s Day gift, right?! ahahah
In other news, we have a new activity: hanging at the barn/horseback riding!
Our friend/neighbor is the sweetest letting us tag along with her to the barn about once a week so she can learn all about horses!
The planting and spring activities continue in the garden.
The white powdery stuff in the above photo is diatomaceous earth. I bought a big bag of it and am hoping it will cut down on the pests this year (especially squash bugs which are the worst!)
Diatomaceous earth (pronunciation: /ˌdaɪ.ətəˌmeɪʃəs ˈɜːrθ/), also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceoussedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator. Diatomite is used as an insecticide, due to its abrasive and physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick’s law of diffusion. (from Wikipedia)
Plus isn’t the word diatomaceous just great?! It should be an adjective and I may begin using it as such.
We have seen TONS of butterflies; including monarchs which I’ve never seen this early in the season!
Happy Mother’s Day!