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¬†Chickens sun tanning…
We have been having so much rain here in Benoni at the moment, that we are experiencing floods in some areas. This photo was taken by my hubby this morning when he was on his mountain bike ride…
This is usually a little stream, now it is a raging river…
Discoveries in the garden…
Today we went for a long walk down to the lake and as we were walking home, we found some stranded tadpoles, we have brought them home and will release them to our pond when they are fully grown frogs…
Erin has been learning about the lily and the rose in her Botany study as the two archetypal plants, one with a strong root system and the other a bulb… These are her representations of each one…
Jenna is finishing off Mineralogy, this is her drawing of a volcano…

Jenna’s coloured pencil drawing of the life cycle of Limestone…

We have been enjoying our One Small Change and for this month, we have used oil lamps as often as we could at night and have really enjoyed this challenge. It has created the most peaceful atmosphere within our home and has really made an impact on our children about the use of electricity. We are discussing what our next challenge for February will be and I think we are all going to stop using shampo for the month of February and possibly thereafter. Instead of using shampo which flows down our drains and is quite full of harsh chemicals that ends up in our ground water and drainage systems, we will be washing out hair with Bicarbonate of Soda. I have used this before and it is wonderful for your hair and the environment too. I will post more about this tomorrow…

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13 Responses to Here…

  1. K January 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Lovely! Oh, Linda – these pictures of chickens in the sun. It is solid gray here, and as dark at eight in the morning as it must be for you at five in the morning. And cold. Everything is stiff. And it’s snowing again. No charm left in the snow. I shot some things last week in the hour window of brilliant blue and rosey gold at dawn. But since then, it’s been all dull.

    I love the work the girls have done. And the thought of your lanterns in the evenings. Like reading an especially dear novel. I hope you don’t mind being followed and commented this way by a total stranger. And a wordy one at that.

  2. Jen January 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    Lovely work by your daughters, Linda (& cute shot of the chickens :D)! I’m excited to hear about your “no-poo”! I have heard of using baking soda and vinegar (and it’s great b/c it will clean your shower for you, too!) – but haven’t tried it yet. Guess it takes a good while for your hair to get used to and is unruly until you get past that period. So I can’t wait to hear about your hair treatment! Ciao Momma!

  3. Linda January 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi K
    It is always wonderful to hear from you, it sounds so cold where you are, it must also be really beautiful:) Thanks for visiting:)
    Warmly
    Linda

    Hi Jen,
    Thanks about the girls’ work:) Yip we are going no-poo:) I have washed my hair twice so far with bicarb and my hair is feeling good, I know there is going to be a transition period for my natural hair oils to kick in and it will probably be a little greasy, but I will just tie it up in a clip. I am looking forward to this experience, it would be great to not have to use shampo:)
    Lovely hearing from you dear friend,
    Warmly
    Linda

  4. Heather January 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Oh my goodness, the pictures that your child drew are INCREDIBLE. You certainl must be instilling an incredible connection between their lives and nature.

    The picture of the chickens is just too much. Love it!

  5. Redbeet Mama January 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    I just found your blog and I enjoy it very much. What beautiful talent your daughter has – well – your whole family on that note.
    We had a flood here in Pennsylvania too. I have posted some photos as well on my new blog.

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful and finny glimpses of your life.

    Nicole

  6. Linda January 26, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Welcome Nicole, thank you for stopping by:)
    Warmly
    Linda

  7. goldenbird January 26, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Beautiful photos, Linda. Those chickens look so content! Gosh, it really is flooded where you live. Hope there isn’t extensive damage or any lives lost.

  8. Kelly January 27, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Hi Linda
    Those flooding stream pictures are pretty amazing. Two years ago the village we lived in experienced floods. Cars were up to their roof tops in water. It was quite an experience overall. Erin and Jenna’s work is really so beautiful. They must feel such a sense of achievement and you must really feel so proud that they can draw so beautifully. Such interesting blocks they are covering. We can’t wait for the little creatures to reawaken soon. I have tried three times to go shampoo free and my hair has always looked and felt terrible. I have very long hair and it the bacarb just didn’t seem to work with me. I think the longest I lasted was two weeks. Eager to see how you get on and what works. Do keep posting about it. It is something I would like to do.
    Best wishes
    Kelly

  9. Lisa Anne January 27, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    The ML drawings are lovely. Our chickens love to sun them selves too, I especially love it when they stand on one leg and stretch their wings and do a sort of chicken pirouette. Chickens are a major source of entertainment here.

  10. Beth January 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    I’m tickled by that picture of plump lady chickens sunning themselves in the sunshine! Beth

  11. Dawn January 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    I love the photo of the chickens sunbathing. :) All your photos are lovely!

  12. Hip Mountain mama January 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    Beautiful photos! I am so excited to hear about your Feb change! I recently switched to a very natural shampoo that took me a while to get used to. It has defintily brought my hair back to it’s natural state, which isn’t necessarily soft and slick, but I do love the natural look and feel!
    Suzy

  13. farmama January 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Wow….your daughter is quite the artist!….beautiful work!! It’s such a treat to come here and see your garden in it’s pure loveliness! Thanks for sharing. I hope you’re having a nice weekend!
    love,
    sara

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