Saturday, May 24, 2008

Balcony flowers

Now it is the time to get flowers to the balcony - if the balcony is high enough so that we do not have to worry about night frosts any more.

We got a nice hanging geranium. Pilvi, Niks and Naks are examining it before we hang it from the hook in the ceiling.

Pilvi: This is very pretty

Niks: Is it good to eat?

Naks: Can you see any bugs we could eat?

Here's a view of the balcony when the geranium has been hung to its place. The balcony is a bit small, so I can't get a good all over picture, but I think you get an idea of what it looks like.

Niks: Aaaaah... the sun is so warm!

Naks: And not a cloud in the sky...

Niks: Do you think we could find some ice cream?

Naks: Hmmm.... Maybe, but if we just lie here with our mouths open, maybe a fly will fly in!

Niks: Fresh flies! That sounds good!

Naks: Do you see any?

Niks: No, but we can sleep here with our mouths open all day.

Naks: Or all week...

Niks: Or all summer...


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Update on the maple

Umbriel: Just wanted to give an update on our maple. It is now in full bloom and beautiful pale green. The leaves are still small, later the tree will turn darker green when the leaves are full grown.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Deimos and a gun

Deimos wanted to see the site where air defense guns protected Tampere against Russian bombers during the second world war. One gun has been brought back to the site as a memorial, only concrete bases remain of the other guns.

Deimos: This is a really big gun. Can you see me at all standing at the base?

Deimos wanted to examine the gun from every angle...

Deimos: Interesting... I wonder if I can get some ideas for the perpetual motion machine I'm going to build...

Deimos: The gauge is getting rather rusty.

Deimos: OK, if any Russian bombers approach from that direction, they'll be shot down for sure!

Deimos: Just wanted to show how green everything is getting, even the blueberries have leaves already.

Deimos: Here is a cool rock with lichens growing on it.

Deimos: Hmm... I wonder if there are any tadpoles in the puddle. I could catch some for Fomalhaut...

Deimos: Little demons don't usually dig flowers, but dandelions are weeds, so I suppose I can dig these.

On the way home we stopped on a small playground. Deimos wanted to test the car...

Deimos: Do I look like Keke Rosberg?

Deimos: This car is actually rather stupid. It is made of wood, and has no moving parts. It gives me no ideas for my perpetual motion machine.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

May Day

It's May the 1st, and there is May Day carnival on the market place. Well, there is bigger carnival at the central square, but this looks impressive ennough for Umbriel.

Look! Our maple is starting to turn green!