We’ve been lucky to have been living in a relative bubble up until now but alas, the dreaded COVID19 has made its way to the Central West in NSW and we are now faced with a snap lockdown of at least seven days. It’s winter. It’s a proper cold, wet winter. The Xbox is a temptation that’s hard to resist for young people. Parents are facing the possibility of remote learning.
Here at Avid Gardener headquarters, we’ve put together a list of easy, low cost and fun activities that will help your little darlings get out into the fresh, crisp air and off those pesky screens. It’s also a brilliant way to build connection as a family.
Seeds to plant now (mid winter) in cool climates:
This is a super fun activity and a great way to help birds collect nesting materials which can be in short supply. We have come across many a nest in a garden with synthetic materials woven into the twigs and leaves. This can be hazardous to new little chicks.
Materials to collect:
How to build:
Roll the mesh into a cone and secure in place with tie wire.
Fold the bottom in on itself, so it looks like an ice cream cone. You may need some extra wire to do this.
Pack the cone loosely with your natural materials. It’s important to keep it loose so the birds are able to easily remove the nesting materials and also so it can dry out quickly when it gets damp.
Push your 2 perching sticks through the cone so the birds can easily access the nesting materials.
The third stick needs to be thread through the top of the cone so you can hang it. Use an old hanging basket hook and voila! You have a “bird feeder”.
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
25g butter cut into cubes
Long sticks for roasting
Butter and honey for serving
Mix flour and salt in a large bowl.
Rub butter through flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the milk with your hands (messy and fun!) until the mixture forms a soft, not sticky, dough. Add more flour if it’s a bit sticky.
Shape the dough around the end of a stick. Like a kofta kebab. Roast over a fire and keep turning so it doesn’t burn.
Serve with butter and honey. Super delicious 😋
A little messy, but loads of fun.
Get your creativity on and paint whatever you like! Let it dry and then plant some seeds in your new beautiful pot.
Check the rain gauge. Keep a record.
Just remember, we live in an amazing community. We’ve got this Central West!