I ordered all my seeds from an online company recommended by a friend, Rare Seeds which carries heirloom, non GMO seeds. Most of them are perfect for growing in Europe. And you know how you usually drop 3-4 seeds in a hole *hoping* that one may sprout? Every.single.seed sprouted. I can’t bear to destroy food, so I had my husband build me another box to hold all my lovely plants. Hopefully we’ll continue to get lots of rain so they won’t die when we travel!
And all my souvenirs from China finally got put to good use! We got to the section in Story of the World talking about China. The boys practiced painting a few Chinese strokes and symbols, had fun using my Chinese name stamp and looking at all my pictures.
When we were there we got a kick out of all the English translation signs and I especially loved the 4 star toilet at the Imperial Palace. It amazed me to see little old men on bicycles carrying enormous loads and I wonder how on earth they could keep their bikes balanced. And of course the terra cotta warriors were amazing. I have a few replicas the boys got to see up close (they are never allowed to touch my souvenirs so this was a huge treat for them).
The wall in many places was crumbling and towers could be seen for miles and miles. It gave me a much greater respect for how these people had to haul rock out to the middle of nowhere and build along these steep hills without any modern machinery. Truly impressive.
Of course I can’t neglect to share a few pictures of the princess and snails. Snails are my boys’ new best friends. They have been collecting them by the dozens and every evening they bring in at least one or two to show me.