September 16, 2013


Ok, remember the ‘landscaping’ with the hula hoop? Well, it’s coming along nicely!


I am rather pleased, and actually snapped a photo of the gourds themselves, which have become enormous!


Fall is on it’s way, so some of the leaves have shriveled. I wondered when the gourds would be ready to pick.

Well, it was a no-school day today, so the school agers on-site hastened the process. Their active soccer games knocked a fair amount of gourds off the fence – grrrrrrrr. Two split open, but I didn’t take a photo, I just chewed out the kids who did it.

Oh, and the mystery nut? We cut it open and on first glance I thought it was a walnut, except it smelled like Christmas. it also flaked apart in sap-oozing ‘petals’. i guessed it was from a Mexican pinyon oine, but it was a bald cypress pine cone. My thanks go to the uncle of one of my kids, who is a agronomist. (The uncle, not the kid.)


Did I update everything? Any loose ends out there?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “Updates”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Do you have plans for the gourds once they are ripe/dry?


  2. Peggy Said on:

    Ooo….I love the hula hoop archway! Maybe you could incorporate it into preschool graduation.


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