Flowers

"It's got a stinky smell Mum". Need to educate him on the difference between stinky smell and perfume.

“It’s got a stinky smell Mum”. Need to educate him on the difference between stinky smell and perfume.

A couple of weeks ago friends came for lunch and they brought some chrysanthemums over for me (well I’m presuming they were for me and not Martin 😉 ) which were hastily shoved in a vase of water. Fast forward a week and the water is seriously manky. When I said I was going to clean them up Jasper expressed a desire to help.

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Firstly we pulled them out of the vase and cut off a large part of the crusty stalks. Jas then took the yellow ones and I the white and we both stripped off the leaves before popping them back into smaller vases.

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IMG_6092It was lovely spending the time with my big boy.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest.

“Humans can’t feel anything. They’re numb from the brain down.” Robin Williams – Batty FernGully: The Last Rainforest

I was thinking through the films I’d watched as a kid and that I could remember, I suddenly thought about FernGully: The Last Rainforest. I remember watching this film, with my friend April I think. I know I was keen to watch it as I was a big fan of Christian Slater at the time (no laughing now) who is the voice of Pips but I don’t think the film made much environmental impact on me at the time. Well, I watched it today with the kids. I had forgotten about Christian Slater voicing for Pips until I heard him speak (ok, it was a major crush I had back 20 years ago ok 😉 ) but then I heard Batty speak and lo and behold, Robin Williams! Not quite at the levels of brilliance as he was as the Genie in Aladdin but still brilliant none the less. I had a few giggles over jokes the kids didn’t get. And of course, what other actor could play evil so well as the inestimable Tim Curry as Hexxus.

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Watching it again after so many years was wonderful but it was never a huge favourite so I hadn’t remembered much of the storyline. I found it a little lacking but for kids I’m sure they loved it. It’s definitely aimed at kids older than mine but I know Jasper and Allegra enjoyed it even if it left Jasper full of lots more questions. He’s like that. Allegra would be happy just to plant a garden like FernGully. 🙂

 

I wish there were a lot more kids films dealing with environmental issues to be honest.

Hi there. Rabid Little Hippy here. I was thinking today that I would like to share some more of my kids forays in the garden with you all and figured what better way to do it than to give them their own blog. 🙂 As the kids get older I will be able to palm off this blog onto them but until they actually learn to read and write (and type)  it might be up to me I think. 😉

Yesterday the kids pretty much just played in the garden, chasing chooks, digging dirt  and Orik decided he was a dab hand with a spade too. I Allegra wandered around sprinkling dirt everywhere and told us she was planting seeds. I MUST get that girl a garden bed. Jasper has recently received 2 drills with which he can play. Neither of them are power drills. One is an old drill similar in use to a manual egg beater and the other is an older style with a big crank handle. So far our grass has had some serious aeration done to it. 😉

Today has been a digging day for them too. The older 2 both adore getting stuck into dirt piles with their digger trucks and the amount of dirt they bring in.

Harvesting walnuts and chestnuts. My kids are learning the art of foraging.

Harvesting walnuts and chestnuts at a friends property about 13 k’s away. My kids are learning the art of foraging. And of harvesting their own food. Now to get them both a small G-clamp for nut-cracking purposes so I am not at the mercy of their walnut addiction.

Well, this is just in the nature of an introduction post, more so I can get the blog set up than anything else. As we get stuck into building our Food Forest Garden the kids will be heavily involved and I will take lots of photos ,I promise. 🙂

See you later, Alligator.