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Tuesday Morning

Today has been such a wonderful day so far, I have been busy with my dye pots, dyeing up cochineal yarn to knit my Easter Rabbits. What a beautiful colour… so dusky pink and lilac, I love it! I have just hung the first batch up to dry. I soaked my Merino yarn in water overnight, filled my dye pot up with water this morning, added some Alum for a mordant and when the water was hot, I added the cochineal, the pot was suddenly bursting with colour! Once the water was ready, I added my yarn and let it simmer for one hour,took the pot off the heat and removed and rinsed the yarn once it was cool and hung it out to dry in the shade.

This is a wonderful book about natural dyes, it really is easy to dye with natural dyes and you will have so much fun if you decide to give it a try:)

We also managed some school work today:) Erin is busy with her Mineralogy block for grade 6 and so today we have learnt all about volcanoes. How they form, what happens when they erupt and we even did a little experiment out of the Childcraft book called Our Earth. What a fantastic resource these books are! I managed to buy some from Betterworld books they are amazing! To make our volcano, we used a shallow cardboard box, a glass jar, sand around the outside of the jar for the volcano.  Into the glass we poured 3 large spoons of baking soda, red dye, water and a glass of vinegar. The end result was wonderful and really looked like a volcano!

Jen is busy with Chemistry, Grade 8, she is learning all about ph and we have been using litmus paper to test, lemon, juice, vinegar etc… for acid or alkeline ph solutions. It has been such fun. So this afternoon she has asked if we can go down to our lake and test the water ph there as well:) I am thrilled she is so keen to do more, I really love that we have the freedom to learn in our own time in our own way!

Last night Erin lost one of her first incisor teeth, she was so excited, she put her tooth in a special tooth box and left it for the tooth fairy… we she was so surprised to see this adorable little chicken waiting for her this morning in place of her tooth:) Aren’t these little birds adorable?? I found them on Swirly Arts on Etsy. I will definately be back for more.

And here is my love, Richard… doing what he adores… mountain biking. He rode in the Valentine’s Dirt Ride last Saturday and he had the most wonderful day… Tonight, he has invited me on a belated Valentine’s date, the day after Valentines, the restaurants are much quieter and that’s how we like it… just the two of us… I am so looking forward to it, I think I’m in love…
xo

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Grade 6 Waldorf Geometric Drawings

Today was our ‘official’ start to our homeschooling year after our December holidays. Jenna is busy with Physics, she studied all about colour today using a triangular prism to experience the rainbow spectrum of colour, the experiments were wonderful! (I will blog these this week) Caiden is busy with time and measurement and Erin began her Grade 6 Geometry Block, I have included some of Erin’s work.
Resource Books: Geometry
Nature, Number and Geometry by Live Education
A Wonderful Grade 6 Waldorf Geometry Video by Eugene Schwartz:
 
I am having a yarn giveaway (above photo) at the moment, if you would like to enter, just leave a comment here.
xo
(I am looking to buy some of the Childcraft How and Why Library Books, I do have a few of them, if anyone is willing to part with theirs I would be so grateful if you would email me, lindadawkins@mweb.co.za I did manage to find some of them on Betterworld Books.)
Thanks so much:)
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Colour, weather and craft…

This past week we did experiments with colour mixing in a tub of water, this was beautiful to see, colours dropped into a tub of water and then slowly mixing together… Red and blue becoming purple etc…
Jenna’s painting of the colour wheel…

We have been learning about weather, this a Barometer that Erin made to measure air pressure. It is so easy to make, stretch a balloon over the top of an open tin can, put a little vaseline around the top to enable the balloon to move and then put an elastic band around the balloon. Tape a straw to the middle of the balloon. Put a piece of cardboard next to the can with high at the top and low below. Now you will be able to tell when you will have fine weather and when you will have rainy weather. AND it really works!

Jenna and Erin’s needlepoint. This was such a fun project for the girls… They drew a picture on paper, transferred it to their callico and then embroidered around their drawing…
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Garden Images and Unicorns…

We were out in the garden early this morning, the dew was still fresh on the grass, nature bursting forth with all her glory…

Cady very proudly holding his new wooden sword for Michaelmas….

Jenna’s charcoal drawing for her Physics block, showing how form is created by using light and shadow…

My custom order for Talia… knitted in the most exceptionally soft Mohair…

My custom order for Angela… knitted in Rainbow Merino…
I am so happy to be creating these mystical creatures…
Happy day to you….
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