[wee note on Sunday … I had this post nearly written on Thursday and went to finish it on Friday … broadband was so slow I could have hand written and delivered it to you in person! I’m offline now until Thursday or Friday … off up the mountain for some peace and quiet … have a lovely week]
I’m sooooooo glad I’m going off for some peace and quiet on Sunday.
It was sunny and fab today … and busy with lots of good stuff.
I worked away with an artist … Josephine Kenny … to build a simple blog/site for her. Only took a couple of hours and I’ll post the link when she has finished adding text and a few more photos.
Thanks for the bottle of wine Josephine … no cash has to be exchanged … and 2 people are happy … win win for barter.
I went to Sharons to photograph her chocolate Easter offerings … once again … yum.
When I arrived she and Alan were packaging a lovely easter basket for a credit union (I think they ordered 4 for easter prizes).
Then there’s the little bunnies in their own wrapping … I dropped one by accident … really truly … and Sharon gave it to me.
She has created different size eggs … and a special one just for me.
don’t ask me how Sharon does it … but she somehow embeds the words into the chocolate. Something to do with reverse writing!
Thanks so much Sharon.
I loved the wee bag full of little creatures … baby birds … bunnies … chickens … and lambs.
you get all these in a bag … might even be enough for some of the chocoholics I know … you know who you are!
And … there’s Sharon’s classic box of chocs … always a winner with me.
Some of the chocs can be bought online at Sharon’s choc shop … others can be picked up (or delivered) if you live locally in Ballinamore.
Finally … Sharon had created some lovely communion chocolates.
And … I couldn’t resist photographing some of Sharons amazing cake designs.
And Willowfield Road was looking very lovely in the sun today.
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After visiting Sharon I then got things ready for the Sunny Funny Garden.
I think there were 9 or so children … it just felt like 50 kids today.
Thanks to Janice for being the other adult there.
I started by asking the kids to gather leaves to put on the 3 plots I’ve created.
I said that I’d count to 60 and see how much they could do … this started a frenzy of running and laughing and throwing of leaves … and we got the plots covered.
There is a method in my madness folks.
We then put layers of newspaper over the leaves and held them down with rocks … will need to soak the paper. It’ll probably rain and solve that problem.
After all that work I invited the children to get a drink at the water bar!
I gave the children a little notepad and pencil each so they can record … write … draw … stick in leaves … whatever … anything they want about the Sunny Funny Garden.
Hannah B read me another of her poems … she’s quick and I like how she puts words together. I’ll ask her permission to print in in this blog.
I mix the gardening with art activities as they love painting.
I told them the story of Liz Biz Bees and how Annes husband Mike is travelling over 1000 miles to get over a million bees for a lot of hives.
Maeve said ‘wouldn’t having all those bees in the car make it hard to drive’
I explained that they would be contained in boxes.
And that started the kids off on bee sting stories.
I invited them to paint the wooden shed with bees … and I painted Liz Biz Bees … which they decorated beautifully.
They had a great time and pretty much help each other … strongly encouraged by me.
There were a few ‘accidents’ where they started painting each other … that’s part of being a kid and the paint is water soluble.
I love what they’ve done with the shed … everyone should have kids paint their sheds.
Finally we had a look at the lettuce seeds that had grown in only one week.
The other seeds are still hiding under the soil.
And another Sunny Funny Garden day ended.
I love spending time with the kids … and … I was wrecked.
Then took Coco for a walk … she was delighted and ran for 40 minutes.
Sunday … getting ready to go up the mountain.
Mags is away at a wedding so I’ve been popping in to feed Patsy (the perfect cat). Dropped in at 8am this morning to be met with her purring.
I fed her and she kept crying to be let out … I really really didn’t want to have to climb a tree … or lose her … but I’m a sucker for a crying cat.
[yup … this’ll be the 4th time Patsy has been in a post … and why not … if I was this cute I’d have more photos of me on the blog!]
So … I compromised and found some ribbon and tied it on her collar … and took her for a walk out the back for 15 minutes.
I send you best wishes for a lovely week dear reader and will look forward to writing when I get back.