Fleas Jumping

Fleas Jumping

My son did his maths homework today. The worksheet he was working on was titled ‘Fleas Jumping’; the sheet had various addition and subtraction questions, with pictures of cats and fleas jumping between them.

It’s very different to the way I was taught, but he seems to understand it. It took his mother and me a few moments to understand the sheet though!

Storm Damage!

Storm Damage!

A couple of weeks ago, there were some pretty big storms with lots of wind and rain. The tomatoes (and other plants!) suffered under the onslaught; a lot of the tomatoes and several sweetcorn plants were at a decidedly odd angle when the sun came out again!
Blown over!
Obviously, the plants needed to be straightened.
All straight again!
So, we had to ‘plant’ some bamboo canes to help get the plants upright; the kids were very helpful passing canes and bits of string, although they did seem to like prodding and poking with the canes!

Now everything is pointing in the right direction, everything seems to be okay with no lasting damage!


Tiny tomatoWell, not exactly, but there are the first signs of tomatoes on the plants! They are very small, and some seem to have funny things hanging from the bottom, but they’re still tomatoes!
Small hanging thing
While not wanting to count chickens before they’ve hatched, we do seem to be having some success growing our own vegetables. The sweetcorn plants we’ve planted are growing quite well, too!
Flowering Tomatoes

Flowering Tomatoes

Flowers and leaves
The tomatoes have been growing reasonably well and they’ve started flowering. They haven’t got particularly tall, which is a bit of a surprise.
Tomato DancePoser!
Not so tallThe kids are crouching next to the tomato plants, to give you an idea how tall they have got (the plants that is, not the kids!).
So now we’re wondering how tall the tomatoes are supposed to get. Since these photos were taken, it looks like a cat has forced its way between the two lines of tomato plants; the plants on the left (behind Johnathon) are shading the spring onions!
The tomatoes are in the ground!

The tomatoes are in the ground!

Tomato plant in the ground.
In the ground!

The tomatoes have been making great progress and we decided to put them in the ground last weekend. So, we made the vegetable patch a little bigger, dug a couple of small trenches and planted the sprouting tomatoes in the ground.

The kids planting the tomatoes
The kids planting the tomatoes

They’ve been in the ground for a week now, and seem to be doing just fine!

Johnathon planting
Johnathon taking his turn planting tomatoes
Angharad's turn
Angharad taking her turn!