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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Country Living

We live on the edge of a small town in the foot hills of the Wicklow mountains and are essentially surrounded by farmland and nature at its best.

This weekend showed us just what country living is about. We had a cow with wanderlust take a liking to the grass on the green across from our house. The little man had a great time shouting "moo" out the window as he had a look.



She then had a stroll up the road to have a look in a neighbours window, before being shown back to her field by another neighbour of ours.



Of course, there was a frog to be watched by the little man in the back garden. I think this one thought that climbing the wall might be a good escape route.




 And this morning, a neighbour calling with some fresh picked courgettes! (One of the best things about the country). They're huge! I guess more like marrows than courgettes, but so yummy! Now what to make with them?!




Monday, 26 August 2013

Wheelbarrows


The little man is loving wheelbarrows at the moment.

Whether it's getting a ride in his granddad's.....

... or his daddy's...


... or using his own little one to carry his breakfast around.




Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Of Bugs, Bats and Baking

The little man and I have had an interesting start to the week. 

On Monday, he and bunny had to investigate the caterpillars chomping away on my kale. Next year I will remember to put the netting down before the cabbage whites lay their eggs!! The little man might be fascinated with them but I'm not so happy with them setting up home in my vegetable patch!!





Then yesterday, there was a ladybird to be examined.

As well as watching a bat flying around in broad daylight.



I was worried that the yellow ladybird that I showed him was in fact the invasive Harlequin ladybird and I had a bit of a moral dilemma putting it back in the garden but with a bit of research I found much to my relief that in fact it was a native 22 spot ladybird. As for the bat, I realise it was a dull day but I've never seen a bat out catching bugs at 3 in the afternoon. I know there's a roost nearby as I've seen and heard them often enough in the evenings. Myself, the little man and little lady encountered it when we out for a walk and spent a while watching it swoop and fly around filling up on flies. It was tiny and from the description on the bat conservation Ireland page it was probably a pipstrelle.

To top off the day we also baked some bread...



... and some chocolate chip cookies!


Yum!