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Week the Third 

This week was an easy one, it came with a built in theme “Winter Solstice”.

I’m quietly a bit Wiccan and used to love Yule with a passion as I’d always felt like we missed out by having Christmas in summer and just nothing for all the bleak, freezing, always cold or too much heating months of winter.

Then I had kids and realised that if Christmas was in winter nine times out of ten someone would be ill.

Quite glad Christmas is in summer.

Anyway

This is the first time in about four years I’ve remembered the solstice before it occurred, looked up some age appropriate activities and followed through with them in about five years. So there is one big bonus point for Pintrest.

Bub loves birds at the moment. We have had a commercial bird feeder (lump of seed on a wire) hanging from our lone decent tree for about two months. Nary a bird has pecked. (I don’t blame them- it’s hanging from an ocky strap – it’d be a bit like bird bungee with bonus snack). It makes bub sad that birds don’t eat there so I thought we’d try and make something solstice-y & bird friendly.

I’d found this 

– Orange bird feeder ornament the night before and gotten everything together for it- except lard/copha  (Not a big fan).

Bub loooved eating her first orange pulp and I managed to successfully scrape out 80% of orange without shoving the spoon through the skin.

I thought maybe the string bit would be difficult but I shoved it through with a bamboo stick (can’t remember how to spell that word!) Then made the birds a little faux branch to wobble on by sticking 3 more straight through. I used extra string for less wobble. Seems to have worked.

Bub then loooved trying to eat native bird seed with mummy going “gah! No! Eeep!” as we filled the orange. With a teaspoon.

After it was filled and patted we tried to pick it up I realised that we would either have an empty orange and a trail of bird seed or we needed something sticky. Tablespoon of peanut butter. More bird seed. More patting. Then we headed outside. My god we should have worn coats!

Many thanks to M for tree climbing

After coming inside for bubs long overdue nap I remembered we were going to do this ice votive but I’d read about 5 tutorials for them and thought simpler was better at this point so instead we filled a small bowl with water and red food dye (clever mummy) and put a plastic cup weighed down with native bird seed in the middle and bunged it in the freezer. Bub loved holding the dye.

Then off we went for a nap.

We were going to make shortbread. But bub had enjoyed her orange so much I found this recipe for Orange Loaf and by halving the recipe & putting it in patty pans we has some  very yummy solstice cup cakes and a happy baby- loves cooking.

My favourite of all the Pintrest based ideas wasn’t really from a Winter Solstice pin at all – although there many on how to make amazing lanterns.

I’d seen this one on a pin for  Dilewale Crafts a few weeks earlier and loved it. I combined the concept with a template for Mhendi symbols that mean “sun’ that I printed on yellow paper and wrapped around a glass. (see here). (Yes- still in love with India, Yes, bub still loves Bollywood :))

With a tea light candle in the glass we had a beautiful lantern and a beautiful end to a lovely day.

Happy Winter Solstice to all.

And yes. I totally forgot the ice votive holder. Sigh.

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