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So what else is afoot in the great outdoors?


Miss Emily and Friends spent a considerable amount of time this weekend threading cheerios onto pipecleaners.


It’s good for fine motor control and, when hung up in the garden, the birds think it’s yummy.

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I do remain a little sceptical about what will happen when it rains though.

If we did it again we would try to get some duller coloured pipecleaners as daddy thinks the brights are ugly (and he’s not wrong). I guess I’ve created a chore for myself as once they are empty, one way or another, I’ll have to go and collect them. Will let you know if the birds actually eat them!

We also planted seeds. Yes, quite possibly they won’t survive, but we planted them anyway!

We filled some seed trays with sieved earth that Oscar has been digging out of his race track site (I’ll show you when he has finished but there’s nothing to see yet). Actually the sieving was a fun activity in itself, must remember to provide an earthy digging area with sieves and trowels and stuff once the rest of the earth works are sorted and there are no spots left for the kids to casually dig in.

Seed packets were read and small fingers planted. This may not sound much to you, but its huge progress in our sensory defensive household.


There was a little disappointment the next morning when nothing had grown. I blame pepper pig and her amazing overnight vegetables for that!


I might even keep you updated on sprouting progress if we manage to keep anything alive!

We planted 4 types of sunflower, peppers, chillies, tomatoes, chives, basil, rocket and something called spicy Chinese leaves. So presumably *something* will grow!

I have no clue where we will plant any of it if it survives!


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Spring has truly sprung at last and things are afoot in the garden here at number 29. Having moved house there are definite out of control issues in the garden here, despite this being our second spring living in it.

With both the garden and the blog (and I suppose the house itself in a way) I have decided to actively not left the perfect stand in the way of the good. It’s a project house with a wasteland of a garden that is far from the top priority but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have little bits of funky cool cuteness spread around the place now does it??

Well of course not, what would number 29 be if we didn’t have the occasional oasis of cool amid the chaos? Just Mess and chaos is what! And we can’t have that, can we?

One of the little coolnesses that is brightening our garden this spring is the mud kitchen.

mud kitchen

Miss Emily and Friends have been cooking up a storm in a kitchen made from a few bricks and bits of wood from the burning pile and some tin plates and old saucepans that Oma donated from her garage. (Thanks Oma!)

Various muddy leafy concoctions are served on a regular basis!

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If you have small people it’s well worth trying. Hours of fun have come from 10 minutes set up using only stuff we already owned or were planning to throw out! It’s not all that pretty and perfect to my eyes, but to a nearly-three-year-old with a big imagination and a lot of people to feed, it’s awesome!

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So it’s totally autumn this week, but last week (that’s last week as I write this, a couple of weeks ago as you read it I’m guessing), it was still summer. We’ve been working on a playground space for the kids, and we finally got around to the fencing. Ok that’s an exageration. We did the one fence panel and then dropped everything to work on the driveway.

The kids and I spent a couple of hours the other week upcycling gutter offcuts that were left lying around the garden from when we did the gutters. So here is is, water/ball run/seasonally at the moment a conker run….

Seriously Mother, put the camera away and help me do this….

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Can you see that short bit in the middle is hinged? Oscar says it’s the points, like on a train track.

fence water play

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harvest bounty

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So our one caterpillar became four as I told you. About a week later we went to visit some lovely friends in cambridge (Hi Ally!) and Oscar and Emily collected these guys…

cabbage white caterpillars

cabbage white caterpillars

cabbage white caterpillars

We looked them up with the same caterpillar finder as last time…

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For the most part the caterpillars lived in a similar house to the last lot. After they started making their cocoons we moved them to caterpillar house mark II.


caterpillar house

caterpillar house

This morning we released the 4th of the whites. The kids have both really enjoyed the project and Emily runs to show everyone that visits her “cabberpillars”. 🙂

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