This week the weather here has been fabulous. I’ve been inspired to clear out some of the borders in the garden, which were thick with brambles, and I’ve planted some little flowers I hope will brighten the place up. There’s still lots to do in the garden, including getting rid of the weeds from between the gaps in the paving slabs, but it’s a much nicer area already.
However, keeping James entertained while I’ve been working on the yard has been a challenge. At first he wanted to help dig, but I wasn’t digging yet, just clearing brambles, so he couldn’t really join in. My arms are shredded to pieces, and I didn’t fancy that for James.
I managed to clear all the brambles away while he was occupied in the bath, and he was really happy watering the plants.
a bug landed on his leg, and wouldn’t come off easily. James panicked and we had to go inside for a real bath so he definitely didn’t have any bugs on him.
The next few bedtimes were tricky, and every time he dozed off, he’d wake himself up again. Eventually he asked for a particular story, with the line “don’t worry, nothing will nibble your feet”, and I realised the insects had got to him more than I’d thought.
A few days later I tried again, because I still (obviously) had work to do in the garden. Thanks to Emily from Artventurers for this idea; I raided the cupboards and found flour on the very top shelf, right at the back, that went out of date in November 2010! So I poured it into the baby bath and gave James some baking equipment. He happily made cakes for more than two hours! If you try this one yourself, if you mix it with cocoa powder, the colour created is very convincing sand.
Then I mentioned to a friend that he wasn’t coping very well with the bugs, and she told me that her daughter had been cured of the bug fear by giving her a spray bottle to squirt the bugs.
Fantastic! I had just the bottle for this job, and filled it up with water.