Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

On the 1st of June we went to Orokonui Ecosanctuary
and saw takahe

holes made by kiwi beaks
a gecko and a southern bell frog if you can spot it (below)

a bird feeder with bellbirds

takahe footprints


and facepaint (above butterfly, below 1 kaka, below 2 huhu beetle.)

by Daniel (above)

Monday, 6 June 2016

Model planes

Daniel is onto something new.  The last thing was the camera obscura, which I will write about in more depth someday, but he was given a model plane for his birthday and had so much fun making and painting it, then building a background diorama that he saved up and bought some more bits and pieces.
He used my paper crimper to make the corrugated iron then painted it silver, and designed the sheds himself, from old photos.  The hangar even has a light inside it (LED plus battery).

Bryony's Birthday

Bryony turned 16 in March and we had a bit of a party and Grandma and Grandad's place.  Bryony spent a lot of time baking beforehand.

Bryony's favourite...
Most of the non-baking time of the week before was spent frantically trying to finish this dress. Bryony found a huge piece of purple satin for $2 at the op shop, which was probably used for shop-dressing because there were quite a few staple-holes in it.  She made it up using a pattern for the Snow White dress from the Mirror Mirror movie and Grandad made some hoops.  Hoops are pretty awkward for getting through doorways or standing in a group but they looked impressive.

 Hats were compulsory.