Baby showed up at the door this afternoon, in the tow of Big Brother who was saying, “Be prepared!” It took awhile to figure out what he got into, but eventually we found that he had been playing with a bucket of mud, and obviously decided to paint his face! He enjoyed the clean-up, once I quit turning him upside down to wash his hair. Tonight, he painted himself again. This time, it was easier to clean up!
I haven’t been doing well at keeping this blog up, so I’ll just put in some more miscellaneous pictures from the past week or so. Maybe I’ll aim to do that in the future–just go through the memory card once a week or so and put up pictures of the highlights of the week.
Our landlord put 180 dry dairy cows into the paddock next to our house over the past week. He keeps them here for the winter to allow their home farm to rest. They arrived in big double-decker stock trucks.
The paddock he put them in is planted in kale, which is 4-5 feet high! Notice how the cows are dwarfed by it!
This is the first section, after 24 hours of grazing by about 120 cows. By the next day, nothing was left except short stubs of stems.
This enormous spider was on a cupboard in the laundry room one night when I was putting laundry in the washer! It was 1 1/2 inches long.
This boy invented a stir-fry one evening, with goat meat, onions, mushrooms, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and an egg. It was delicious!
At the same time, this boy was mixing up apricot-chocolate chip muffins, and the oldest boy was making coconut bread, which I didn’t manage to get a picture of before it disappeared. Both were scrumptious! The kitchen was quite the busy place that evening, as all three boys were cooking while I was trying to fix supper. Also during that time, a friend dropped off my cell phone which had gotten left somewhere, and someone else came for milk!
A few days ago, Baby invented the funniest crooked grin. It cracks me up every time I see it!
This grin is also typical–especially when he’s coming for a hug!
Guess who liked the pancakes for breakfast!
Pretty pleased with himself–he found a whole roll of fruit leather that someone left on the table.
The two oldest boys were wrestling. They seemed pretty evenly matched!
I arrived home Sunday afternoon with the four children who went with me to America, and it is so good to be back! I don’t know if I’ll get around to posting any pictures of the trip or not; I haven’t even looked at them yet. Just to let you know we’re all still alive and well, here are a few pictures from this week. Baby got sick on the way home; as we crossed the equator, he started vomiting. Two days later he finally got well, just in time for all the rest of us, except Gayle, to come down with it. Now, I think we’re all well–sure hope so! We did manage to get a week’s worth of school done this week, and Monday, before the plague hit in force, we did some harvesting.
This evening–nearly bedtime, and the boys are having fun playing games with each other.
An aunt sent these fire truck sets to the little boys. They love them! Thank you much–you know who you are.
Monday was our only sunny day since we got home. The boys got all our pumpkins harvested for the year. I had them wash them and lay them out in the sun to cure. Now it’s raining–we should have put them under cover!
The boys found this “horse mushroom” yesterday–about 10 inches in diameter! It’s edible, so we had it for supper.
Today for Science, I read about magnets to the littler boys. There were a few experiments to do, and they had fun playing with the magnets. One of the bigger boys discovered something fun he could make the magnets do–see this quick video! Grandma, this is especially for you. For some reason, the arrow you usually click to watch a youTube video isn’t showing up for me, but if you click on the video it’ll start playing.
I am not getting anything put on here, so I’ll share what Esther wrote about the past three weeks. She has lots of pictures to share, and this will bring you up-to-date! Maybe in a month or two I’ll have more time to write!
We’ve been very busy lately, but I thought you all would probably appreciate a quick update! ☺ So here goes…
Grandpa’s (Dad’s parents) arrived on Saturday, the 23rd of February. They brought along with them my cousin, David (David’s father is Dad’s brother). I had found out ahead of time (like at least three weeks before) that he was coming, and in the last week Seth and Simon (the next two children after me) had found out he was coming, but all the younger ones were totally in the dark—they had NO idea that David was coming! So it was a really nice surprise for all of them.
On Sunday, we all went to church together, then in the afternoon went up to a church friend’s farm. He owns about a thousand acres of very hilly land (they’re the foothills to the K——- mountains; the farm is so rugged that he hasn’t even set foot on some of the land!), where he raises sheep and cattle. He gave us a demonstration of sheep dogs working sheep, and also sheared a sheep so we could see how that process works. It was all very interesting! I’ve seen sheep dogs working sheep before, but only two (out of our 12-person group!) of us had ever seen a sheep sheared before. So that was a very special afternoon…
To read the rest, go here and enjoy her pictures!
We’ve just enjoyed a three-week visit with my in-laws and a nephew from America. I’ll try to share some of the highlights of our activities while they were here.
Their first Sunday, we took them to the aquarium in Kaikoura, then up to the overlook on the water tank on top of the Peninsula. After that, we all went up the Blue Duck Valley to visit friends there. The highlight was when we were given a demonstration of sheep dogs working, and sheep shearing. Of our group, only our nephew and I had ever seen a sheep sheared.
Sorting sheep in the the wool shed.
Our friend with his dogs.
The view from the top of the water tank–Kaikoura on the right.
I know I haven’t been doing anything here for a long time. I have taken a few pictures, and yesterday I finally had time to look at pictures! Maybe soon I can put up a few posts to update this.
We’ve had visitors from America for the past two and a half weeks. Gayle’s parents and nephew arrived February 23, and they leave in two days from now, so we’ve been very busy with them. Also, I am flying to America for a wedding in a week and a half from now, so that has added a lot of busyness. And, the garden is pumping out food that has to be taken care of! So, I haven’t forgotten this, just haven’t had opportunity to share any of the great pictures Esther has been taking during our time with family.
Saturday I had these 26 heads of cabbage (60 pounds) to do something with. Forty pounds of sourkraut and twenty pounds in the freezer later, we were finished.
Friday we did this.