It is scarecrow festival time for many villages in England, a rather lovely tradition even though they don't actually scare any birds away, apart from this one offcourse! This is our very first time participating in our annual scarecrow festival as we just haven't managed in previous years. The theme this year is music, a theme wide open to endless possibilities.
I personally couldn't face the idea of making a person or a band for that matter, and although we toyed with playing on words with ideas such as The Rolling Stones, The Stone Roses and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, we opted for a song that most people would know and one people would instantly recognise, well that was the rational behind it anyway. The family all set out on Sunday afternoon to start building and as usual after the first 10 minutes, I was left to my own devices to do and complete the project. Don't you just love it when this happens?! At first I didn't really mind, but by yesterday afternoon I felt ready for it to be finished. Apart from making three massive paper mache dinosaur eggs for little E's 3rd birthday pass the parcel, I can't honestly remember when last I did this, but it always amazes me just how long the process takes. Unfortunately I couldn't find any long balloons, so I had to improvise a little.
The improvisation, as little J referred to it, ended up looking very much like a peanut, not quite what I had in mind. It called for a tea break (my solution to most things) and a serious rethink to see if I could come up with something in the shape of a peanut. To be honest there was the slight temptation to veer in the direction of Despicable Me, or Sting's I am an alien in New York, but instead I have stuck to my plan and the next course of action involved digging out some egg cartons (fortunately we seem to have no shortage of these, possibly because I am still hopeful that one day soon we will get some chickens). So a little building and reshaping took place and then a little painting, which again due to being ill prepared, or possibly just a little tight, I mixed some PVA with the kids paint to make it a little more waterproof (time will tell) and this is what we ended up with. It is times like this when I want to say the kids made it, but oh no, and yes you are all allowed to laugh, I did it. So yes for a couple of weeks we are living in a yellow submarine, or close to it anyway.
Today was one of those lovely days where I got quite excited to hear the postman's van, don't you just love days like this?! I was expecting some lovelies and yes here they are. Some new Paris Cotton purchased in the sale at the Wool Warehouse and also a lovely book, which I could no longer resist, thanks to excellent review done by the very lovely Chrissie. If you haven't already read it, do pop over to read about this great book here.
Lastly joining in with Lou's Nature in the Home series and this week's theme is ROUND. I was going to do something from the veg patch, but a lovely lady dropped these off for me early this evening and and with its perfectly round seed head, I simply couldn't resist.
On that note off to watch the final of the Apprentice, or well some of it anyway.