We did a little something that isn't anything that I would usually choose. Amusement parks. We studied roller coasters with our 4-H club all year and took a final trip to an amusement park. Know what? It was actually pretty fun! Took barely any pics...
The kids worked together on this little project and got along the whole time. It's for 4-H/the fair. All this cooperation deserves to be remembered.
I have a system. Flannel sheets until they aren't so fluffy. Buy new sheets (lately have found like new flannels at the thrift store). Repurpose the old. I then cut the old flannels apart to 12.5 inch blocks, double layer, stitch together and they are our reusable papertowels until they fall apart. Haven't bought paper towels in a decade. Every couple of years I make a fresh batch. This set of twin sheets gave me 20 reusable papertowels. It's a great way of being a little bit more self sustainable.
My husband would confirm that I often exclaim, "LOOK! There goes ___ with a butterfly net!"
I regularly say that a summer kid with a butterfly net in hand, sprinting to the location needing said net or meandering looking where to use the net are some of my most favorite parts of the summer. I always stop in my tracks and take in that moment. All three of mine regularly use the butterfly nets and I just love it.
Today Adrian caught a White Admiral with his net and gently put it into the butterfly 'house'! He's never caught one before and was most impressed I knew what it was without needing a field guide.
It was a catch, admire, release, record it in the nature journal sort of moment.
It's been hot, hot, hot in Maine. 6am I'm out there in the gardens and then after the kids go to bed I try to sneak in a bit of time before the mosquitoes drive me away.
My day today...
6am I started to put chardboard down, mulch and make some wire protectors for my five new apple trees.
Picked squash bug eggs on my hugelkultur garden (Dug trench, put in logs, sticks, leaves, chicken manure, compose and wood chips). This is the first year of a hugel garden and it's bursting. I direct seeded all these pumpkins and squash.