Ladybirds Only! No Wasps Allowed!
It was James’s birthday earlier in the week and our childminder had given him a ‘Make Your Own Insect Box’ kit. This was a fantastic present for a small boy who is fascinated by insects. He was really keen to get house-building, and by Friday, he could wait no longer.
We settled ourselves in the garden and got down to business while Daddy and Little Brother watched with interest. James was quite clear about his target audience: “It’s just for ladybirds, OK? Well, maybe for bees too, but not for wasps. I don’t like wasps. Nas-tee.”
Once he’d applied the glue and Mummy had helped assemble the structure, James turned his attention to interior decor. “We want them to be cuff-ort-able, don’t we?” he said, and carefully selected some “nice dry leaves” to stuff inside. We were a bit short on bamboo inserts and so Daddy was sent to the shed in search of more bamboo. He came back with a 5-foot stick. James was intrigued as to how we were going to cut it into 3-inch pieces. “I don’t think it would be a good idea to use the mower, Mummy, ‘cause bamboo is very sharp and will make a mess of the blade!”
James was delighted with the “ladybird house” and went off to try to find some ladybirds to put in it. (There’s never a ladybird around when you want one...) “Maybe they’ve all flied away, Mummy.” I wonder who our first visitor will be? Hope it’s not a wasp!
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About Me & Mine
Hi there! Helen and Ian here from the Oxfordshire-Wiltshire border! We have two boys who love everything in the Great Outdoors (especially sticks), and a border collie who also loves everything in the Great Outdoors (especially tennis balls). We also have a toddler daughter who is fiercely independent and proving to be just as intrepid as her brothers.
Favourite place in the world:
A difficult one... There are so many wonderful places to choose from... But it has to be Sandwood Bay in the far north-west of Scotland which can only be reached by a 4-mile walk. Last time we went it was a full-on winter mountaineering experience (with ice axe and crampons!) just to get there. Wild and windswept, it's totally unspoilt.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Enjoy beaches, woods, and coastal paths; explore waterways in our open canoe; go for a big day out on a small hill; go rock climbing; collect sticks, conkers, and acorns; investigate puddles and rockpools; ride our tandem; fly a kite against a clear blue sky.