Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Montego Bay - Frustration

I have just returned from a friends and family cruise that included Jamaica.  I was very frustrated to be riding in a contracted van and not able to stop and take pictures of lovely (to me) old and tumbled down houses near the farmers' market.  I don't konw that I would have felt safe walking anyway.  But I sure wished I could have.  Pictures to follow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

News on the Art/Creative Front

First, the butterflies aren't going to make it.  One of the boys put the chrisalyds in the butterfly hatchery by himself very early one morning.  He took them out of the cup, off the lid, and TAPED the paper they were attached to to the butterfly mesh house.  He must have accidently squashed them in the process, because some are flat and some are shrinking.  So, we'll try again with another cup of caterpillars. 

I was overjoyed to find one painting last week, though without permission.  (I handled that.)  I had a large board on an easel that I had planned to paint on for months and months.  He found some acrylic paints and went at it.  He painted a very nice picture and we have it sitting on the fireplace now. 

The other is in the process of painting on a smaller board now.  He's painted over his work several times but is enjoying it.  I would so love for one or both of them to enjoy art!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Transformation One

Our caterpillars have attached to the top of the container and they're starting to form into chrysalids.  They grew very fast as caterpillars and performed just as advertised. 

The garden is not ready though.  We have about 10-14 days to get it ready to receive the new butterflies.  They can go find a place, of course. But I want to have the garden ready.  I'll post pictures as we progress.