My friend drew a still life
Which she wanted me to see.
She told me I’d like it
Because it’s good for me.
There’s vitamin A, vitamin K,
And of course vitamin C.
Potassium, phosphorus, magnesium,
Lycopene and manganese!
Remember, way back in February 2014, we planted some apple seeds?
and they grew (well some of them died, but some of them grew)
So we planted them outside in the ground. We thought the chickens might like them for shade when they’re bigger, but while they’re still young we put some wood around them to keep the girls from scratching the earth off their roots. There’s four in here (I wonder if you’ll be able to spot them all), and two of them are taller than me! The 8 to 10 years wikihow said we’d have to wait for fruit seemed like a long time, but it’s been 3 years already and time’s just flying 😀
NB this is not my garden 🙂 but luckily we were able to plant them here. So, if you don’t have anywhere of your own to plant them, look for a suitable spot on public property where they won’t get hacked down by farm machinery and then everyone can enjoy them. Check out the Scottish Forest Gardener to see how he successfully plants trees on council property 🙂
Plant trees! You know it makes sense 😉
Remember a couple of years ago we started growing apple trees from seed?
FLASH BACK: this is how they looked in February 2014
Well, we’ve kept on with it, sprouting seed after seed, growing seedling after seedling, and we have quite a few in different sized pots around the garden. Some of them didn’t make it, sadly, but that’s the way it goes, and we just keep on going. (I say ‘we’ but really it’s Miranda who does all the work. I help with watering 😉 )
But now the tallest one is about four feet tall! I’ve photographed it next to a garden chair to give you some idea of scale:
How fantastic is that?!!!
It seems like no time since we sprouted those first seeds.
We have planted a few in the wild and intend to keep doing that, inconspicuously near public footpaths, in the hope of providing free food for the future, but most of them are still in pots for now.
We love our little trees 😀
If you want to do this yourself, go to the original post to see how 🙂
We love this book!
It’s so perfect! Full of vibrant colour and light.
Valerie Bloom’s happy, funny poem is gorgeously illustrated by David Axtell.
Every page is full of delicious mischief and tasty, sweet, juicy fruit.
The rhyming story is told in the first person from the point of view of a delightfully naughty little girl who loves fruit and eats as much as she can get her hands on while teaching little sis how to get it without getting caught.
The written-in Caribbean accent naturally adds sunshine to the words and you really feel like you’re inside the head of big sis; which makes you as eager as she to taste all those juicy fruits.
I probably shouldn’t show any more, wouldn’t want to spoil the ending 😉 You really should get down to the library and borrow this wonderful book (or get your own copy) – especially if you’ve got a little one who’s learning to count.
Highly highly recommended 😀
Search for the following food items and draw a line through them – they might be forwards, backwards, vertical, upside down or diagonal. And you don’t have to print it out if you don’t want to – just click on the pic, then right click and save it to your computer, then open it in ‘paint’, or whatever picture editing program you’ve got, and you can draw the lines on there 🙂
APPLE POMEGRANATE DATES FIGS LENTILS TOFU BEANS
POTATOES SPINACH KALE SQUASH PORRIDGE PEAR OATS
CABBAGE LETTUCE TOMATO PEAS APRICOT PLUM LEEK
BROCCOLI CUCUMBER CAVOLO NERO CHERRY ORANGE RAISINS
PARSNIP TURNIP WALNUTS BANANA CARROT ONION GARLIC
PEPPERS CASHEWS GRAPES
I think sudokus are fun but someone I know hates maths so numbers make him panic and he just won’t try them. I told him they have nothing to do with maths but he is adamant!
So I’ve made a fruit sudoku for those who, like him, are panicked by numbers.
For the uninitiated: the idea is to fill each box with one of each fruit while making sure that there is also one, and only one, of each in every vertical and horizontal line.
You don’t need to print this out. Just copy/save the picture and open it on your computer in ‘Paint’ or similar picture editing program. Then zoom so that you can see the whole thing on your screen and copy and paste fruits into the empty squares as you solve the puzzle.
Have some fruity fun 😀
Remember we decided to grow our own apple trees from seed?
Travel back in time to February 2014 to see how our apple trees began 🙂
They dropped all their leaves in the winter (we actually thought one of them had died and were going to plant something else in the pot) but then spring came and they came back with gusto! They’ve got beautiful new leaves and strong woody stems. Look at them now:
And here’s some new babies we’ve just got started (there are so many apples in our future 😀 ):