Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year! Australian Natives 1, 2, 3!

Happy New Year!

I hope that wherever you enjoyed the festivities last night you were surrounded by loved ones and lots of joy and laughter... we were all fast asleep at midnight in readiness for Master 1's daily early risings at 5am. Yawn!

This morning, my husband, Master 1 and myself attended a sung high Mass whilst Master 4 and Miss 3 were visiting their paternal grandparents. We returned later to join them and enjoy a light New Year's Day roast lamb and salad before heading off.

Back at home in the early afternoon, Master 4 had some quiet Lego time, Miss 3 had the craft box out and Master 1 toddled around endlessly, occasionally practising his new climbing techniques onto the tables to his delight. My husband and I took the chance to put our feet up whilst the little ones were occupied.

When the weather had cooled down in the late afternoon, and the coffee and had been drunk, we headed out front to do some gardening.

We are consciously choosing Australian natives for our front yard in order to attract the native birds, bees and other insects and animals and in keeping with a particular theme for our home. 

We had a lovely visit to the Sydney Wildflower Nursery in Heathcote yesterday exploring the variety of unusual plants and herbs and admiring their foliage and colours. The children had a great sensorial time playing with the gravel whilst we decided what we'd buy. I must say though, it was a very difficult decision to leave with just two plants!

Water, water, water

Eucalyptus ficifolia. An ornamental eucalyptus. 
I can't wait to see the buds opening up!

Master 4 reading out the plants requirements

Adenanthos, SilverSilk. An interesting plant. The foliage is
beautifully soft, almost feathery .

Dad and Master 4 preparing the hole for the Adenanthos.

Teamwork, learning, nature, Montessori, hands on!

Transplanting one of my favourite ground covers, a Scaevola Amemula
(Fan Flower, Fandancer, Fanfare).
Miss 3 happily pulling Master 1 around in the wagon. How lucky is

My toddler and me xx

Master 4 especially had a great time planting with Dad, helping out with the wheelbarrow, the watering and learning about our new plants and their needs. They tend to bond quite frequently and easily looking after the garden. Miss 3 and Master 1 spent a lot of time working through the different settings on the hose and getting wet. A wonderfully satisfying day enjoyed by all.

Are you a Australian Native fan? Do you have any tips or suggestions? I'd love to hear from you!

And to all, from our home to you, the very best wishes for 2015!

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