The Growth of Spring
I love the blackbirds that turn up in spring, but I do not like their habit of pulling up fresh vegetable seedlings for the sheer joy of it. My seedlings are sprouting and I have them covered with a net until they are strong enough to resist a yanking.
I am also pleased to see that the sickly looking raspberry cane I had is taking off. I am hoping to have my own home grown raspberries around…
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Today the Departments of Awesome Parenting and Impossible Cuteness met to squee in delight at the outrageously adorable and elaborate charaben (character bento) lunches created by Li Ming, Singapore-based mother of two lucky sons. Ming began making these exceptional midday meals when her eldest son, 10-year-old Ivan Tey, was having a hard time adjusting to starting school:
'He refused to go to school and cried everyday - he was not used to the longer hours and missed me. I packed him charabens with written messages to make him feel more secure.”
It wasn’t long before her youngest son, Lucas Tey, started asking for special lunches too:
"Lucas saw one of them and asked for one to take to kindergarten and he really enjoyed the attention he got from his teachers and friends. I ended up decorating either their lunch or dinner instead and they eat those at home. They still enjoy looking at what I make and will give comments at times on how I can position certain parts."
Li Ming has now made over 100 delightful charaben meals for her sons. Sometimes her inspiration comes from everyday life and other times share uses ideas suggested by her kids.
Visit Li Ming’s Flickr stream to check out many more of her amazing bento creations.
[via Demilked and The Daily Mail]
I would like lunches like this everyday :)
The Dream of the Blue Turtle Beans Part One
I hope Sting forgives me for borrowing part of the title of his album. All shall be made clear.
Been working pretty much solidly for the last couple of days on sorting out the back garden and the garden shed which had become unusable over the years. I am happy to report that I can actually walk into it and find things again as well as make things and put dye pots and such somewhere other than in…
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