It rained for most of the day on Monday. I suggested going puddle splashing but Aaron and Tabitha asked to go to the park. We went to the car first to fetch the children’s binoculars and therefore took a slightly different route to the park than the one we normally take. As a result, we discovered this patch of foxgloves growing just around the corner from our house!
There were a few ducks and swans on the river.
On the way home, Tabitha pointed to a bumblebee and said “I can see the pollen it is carrying on its legs”, so we stopped to watch it for a while.
On Tuesday we went to visit Grandma in the care home. She is often confused but for the first time she didn’t really seem to know who we were, which was hard. Afterwards we went for a walk to a nearby pond. Aaron used his magnifying glass to have a closer look at some wildflowers.
I picked a blade of grass to whistle with, and of course the children wanted to know how to do it too. It took a lot of practice but eventually they both managed to make a noise!
We were hoping there might be some baby birds at the pond. We did spot a moorhen chick in the distance but there were no cygnets or ducklings. In fact there weren’t many birds at all today compared to back in the winter.
On Wednesday we made a long overdue visit to the allotment. As you can see, the weeds have taken over and it’s looking rather neglected. I told the children they could have an ice lolly if they each managed to fill up a bucket with weeds, and they worked really hard!
We even found some of the carrots we planted last year in amongst the weeds.
Tabitha collected some natural treasures.
We went back to the allotment on Thursday and took a picnic lunch to share with Grandpa so that we could spend longer there.
It was hot and Aaron enjoyed snoozing on the grass in the shade.
One of our neighbouring plot holders told us that he found about 40 slow worms underneath his black plastic. He showed the children and invited us to go and have a look whenever we like. As well as all the usual minibeasts, we saw some yellow meadow ants and some shiny white snail eggs.
My sciatica was playing up after doing so much digging at the allotment, so we stayed at home on Friday. The children were given some lovely bird cake kits for Christmas which we hadn’t got around to using yet, so this seemed like a good opportunity. They melted the suet, mixed in the seeds and added some oats and raisins before spooning the mixture into their moulds.
Once they had chilled in the fridge for a while, we hung the suet cakes up from the washing line on our balcony. We already have a suction cup seed feeder attached to our sliding doors which is visited by the house sparrows, so it will be interesting to see if we can attract any other kinds of birds.
We got to the car today only to find that it had a flat battery and wouldn’t start. So we went for a walk locally instead, although I didn’t take any photos. Fortunately I have wonderful dad who came and gave me a jump start this evening! We don’t have any wild plans for tomorrow as it’s Sunday, but we’re looking forward to continuing the challenge next week!