Our Wintry June has been a mix of beautiful mild sunny days and rainy stormy days. Our garden got some love in the early part of the month when the sun was still shining and we have weeded many beds, set up our new potato tower and relocated soil, relocated raised beds and fed lots of worms. 🙂 The orchard has 3 trees growing well and some berry bushes and ground covers filling up our tiered areas. We hope to add more as we source more plants- some of our fruit trees have been given to us, and others have been shop-bought.
There have been so many outdoor learning opportunities, and I love what June brings. Everything from getting muddy, ‘fishing’ in a muddy, waterlogged garden bed, jumping in puddles, admiring ‘raindrop jewels’ on our bushes, and searching for rainbows.
We have also had a lot of together time, indoors and I have been enjoying being on Maternity leave from work and being with Dancing Girl every day. We do lots of lego building, play board games, read books, do dress ups and Dancing Girl helps with chores and cooking in the kitchen.
Some of the highlights of June are:
The ‘messy play’ day at Playgroup- Dancing Girl loved the finger painting and the tub of jelly to ‘fish’ in.
2. I have some short precious time during the day to catch up on Crochet, drink a warm cup of tea and ‘Mama care’ before baby arrives and it is taken up with newborn duties.
3. Indoor mornings spent playing with lego, board games or just hanging out as a family.
I have to mention the new Bus Stop board game we purchased. It’s produced by Orchard Toys and features in the first of these pictures. It is a fabulous game that involves picking up and setting down passengers. It teaches addition and subtraction in a fun and easy way with opportunities to extend learning and making more complicated maths sentences. I am really enjoying it, and Maths makes me shudder. haha
June also signifies the last of our waiting for Baby. Our due date has come and we wait expectantly for an exciting few days in early July.
But I loved harvesting our little crop of carrots and a few new potatoes that randomly popped up. We have worked hard at some of our raised beds and these guys loved our old sandpit shells that we turned into raised beds. Our bok choy and radishes also loved it- I think it may have been the sunshine. 🙂
Needless to say, the carrots did not last long, between barbecued maple carrots, raw munched carrots, soups and curries we loved having so many home grown carroty friends.
We have also been working on writing with Dancing Girl. I think she’s doing a great job. She loves to copy the words we have written down and is slowly learning how to spell three letter words.
It appears April is a month we are most productive. The temps are lowering, though the days still sunny and the evenings are cooling down into lovely snuggly weather. We love the anticipation of Easter and the blessings it brings.
During our April Holidays we created a sound wall next to Dancing Girl’s Cubby. I have always loved sound walls and it is a great way to recycle broken bits and pieces from the kitchen that make great bangs, scrapes, tingles or thuds. Colanders or strainers are particularly fun to scrape.
My first attempt at a sound wall didn’t work very well and I really love that this one did. Lots of fun (and loudness- Sorry neighbours!) already.
We also got our first Olive Harvest. Qorvus is so excited and already researching brining methods. We hope it works, as we are a big olive eating household! Last year we attempted to make olive oil, we got about a table spoon and while that was great, it kind of felt like a waste of so many olives. Nevertheless this year’s tree is burdened with them. Delicious!
Easter brought so many blessings, the chance to have lovely conversations with our daughter about finding Jesus and telling her the easter story. While they aren’t particularly sustainable, I love to fill plastic eggs with treats or craft items and this year we used Resurrection Eggs, which was a lovely tactile way of talking about the Easter Story. If you have never encountered Resurrection Eggs, check out your local Christian Book store or eBay. I loved having something practical and Tactile to work with.