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Tree weta/ Putangatanga
hemideina species

Common in forest, orchards and gardens, especially in firewood sheds. They hide during the day in holes in trees, coming out at night to eat mostly fresh leaves, but also small insects. If handed roughly, they can inflict a painful bite , kick or scratch with their legs.

M5 found this weta in the garden


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famine on the way

On our seven swan plants I counted at least 70 caterpillars, one of which is making his chrysalis. In his book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, Eric Carl suggests caterpillars stay inside their cocoon (as he calls it) for “more than two weeks”, but we have noticed our monarchs stay in for only four to eight days. I’m not sure how many are going to survive, because there may not be enough food for the huge number of crawlies.   

When we weeded the garden we found two chrysalises lying on the path, so we tied them to some string hoping that they will survive (and that we will see them hatch open). K9 found the middle already staring to make its chrysalis one on a leaf which was on the ground. The chrysalis has finished  

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potato patch

This morning we weeded the garden and pulled up the potatoes all 12 kilos of them. That is a LOT of potatoes.

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icky sticky sticks

As we were eating lunch we noticed a speckledy brown thrush tweak a worm from the earth. (He was NOT an early bird, yet he definitely caught a worm). Watching it fly away, we followed its course to the base of a nearby tree where a baby thrush was waiting. At the sight of food, it became very very noisy. A bit like us.
This scene was repeated before we noticed more thrushes up in the branches. They all seemed pretty fat. Maybe that’s what comes from getting the early worm and the midday worm worms.
We climbed the tree after our own lunch in the hope of discovering a nest, but we failed in our endeavour. We did, however, manage to collect lots of “honey” (gum) on the end of sticks. Gum is sticky. Very sticky.

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two days, two beaches

Yesterday in the late afternoon Dadda spontaneously decided to take us all to Cornwallis Beach. Only we ended up at Laingholm, because it was closer and it was nearly dinnertime.

The find of the day was crabs. CRABS CRABS CRABS. Big crabs, little crabs and middle-sized crabs. We knocked one rock and half a dozen scuttled away to a safer place. So we overturned a whole lot more rocks and there were crabs EVERYWHERE. None of us had even seen so many. Most of them were dark black and a few had a blue-ish tint.

J11 said, “If only we’d brought the camera, we could have taken a photo for the blog.”

Today we went out to Karekare for a couple of hours. Apart from the usual running around and digging, we made an interesting discovery. The bushes on the dunes are in flower – bright yellow flowers. And they also have seed pods that look just like peas. We didn’t really pay too much attention to the shape of the leaves or the arrangement of the flowers, but we’re going to try to find out what they are.

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so we don’t need to write the history of our creation experiences…this is a nice little catch-up….Entomological Society field trips, a bird hide we made, finding creatures, collecting honey, observing butterfly life cycle, star-gazing, rock pool exploring, bush walking, rock collecting, lunar eclipse watching, ghecko catching, planting……

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Our first ever memory verse.

In the beginning we learnt
“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.”
Our first ever hymn.

Beyond the beginning we discovered great and small nature journal
The first ever online nature journal we had seen….and were inspired by….and so now we have our own. For most of our lives we have already been keeping paper creation journals; now we are adding an online journal as well to record the wonders we discover in God’s created world.

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