Sunday, 29 September 2013

Apple Crafts from The Crafty Crow

The Crafty Crow is a children's craft collective which specializes in crafts found on weblogs of creative people who either have, or work with, kids. There is an emphasis on projects inspired by nature, crafts that make use of recyclable materials and open-ended art meant to bring families closer together through the creative experience.

It's collated by Cassi of Bella Dia.and she has gathered together some super crafts to enjoy with the kids that feature apples. Things like recycled CD apple and apple print bunting.

So if you're looking for something creative to do with the children go take a look at The Crafty Crow's Favorite Apple Crafts


Friday, 27 September 2013

When apple pie goes viral

When Alicia Paulson blogs It's Pie Time on her Posie gets Cozy people all over the world start baking pie. Not just any pie but Sour Cream Apple Pie 
People like:
 Leigh Metcalf of Found New Home
Sue of The Quince Tree
Ali of Domesticali
You might want to try it for yourself

Monday, 9 September 2013

Slugs come out to play

It's been a hot summer and the slugs have been in hiding for fear of desiccation but a few drops of rain have brought them out in force.

Today I could barely take two steps without spying a slug.

Greater plantain seemed to be a favourite food. For those of you interested in the anatomy of these gastropods I found this little diagram on Wiki (en:User:Billlion   licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 )

You can see the Pneuomstome clearly in the second photograph it's a respiratory opening, easy to see when open but hard to find when closed as in the following photograph:

Monday, 2 September 2013

Apple Picking Bins

Apple picking time is upon us and up and down the country you'll see nicely regimented rows of bins in the orchard aisles waiting to be filled, for a wise apple grower makes sure that his bins are in good order, taking care of the necessary repairs, well before picking begins. But of course as with most things in life there is always one who leaves everything to the last minute. This particular grower has been known to hand his pickers a hammer and a selection of rusty nails, that or baling twine. Some folk never learn.