 How We Dried Apples! 

A few days ago we dried apples. It was great fun!

First, we filled a sink with water, and washed the apples. Then we cored one, using Grandma’s new apple corer, and watched it twirl around and around, making spirals!

peel and core the apples

We had a bit of a play with it, making it   s t r e t c h.  🙂

apple spirals

Next we dropped it into a cup of lemon juice, so it wouldn’t get brown. We let it soak for a while, and cored another apple while we waited. After we thought it had been in there long enough (we’d finished coring the next apple), we took it and laid it out on a lemon juicer, and dunked the next apple.

drop in lemon juice

drain!

After it had drained long enough for us to core another apple, we broke the first apple into rings, and arranged them on the dehydrator, being careful not to put them on top of each other.


place apples on drying tray

When we finished the apples, we put the dehydrator on, and cleaned up. We like dried apples crunchy, so we left them on a little longer than the recipe said. They were delicious. 🙂

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How to Make an Upside Down Telescope

This telescope doesn’t make the stars any bigger, but it is good fun for viewing things around you, and Miss 10 enjoyed making it.  

 

What you will need:

Two magnifying glasses, the same size

Glue

A ruler  

A pencil

Tape

Scissors

A large sheet of corrugated paper, construction paper, or thin card

                                              Stuff you will need

 

Instructions:

Measure around the circumference of a magnifying glass, then add about 3cm.      
rule two long rectangles                  
Draw a line up the paper, making a large rectangle, and then cut it in half. Make sure you cut the paper in the direction it wishes to roll.    cut the card in half                                                                         
Put some glue on the outer rim of a magnifying glass and roll the paper around the rim, where you put the glue.

spread glue around outer rim of magnifying glass

Cut a small slot in the paper to fit the handle in. Place a  piece of tape around the rim, then stretch a rubber band around the circumference to keep the card in place while the glue dries.

rubber band around to hold tight while glue dries

Put tape across the full length of the paper tube to keep the long ends together.
Let the glue dry. 

Repeat the steps to make another tube; however, be sure that the end (which will slide inside your first one,) is smaller, so it will fit. 🙂

You can decorate the outer half, if you wish.

 

decorate!

Slide the tubes in and out to focus on objects.  If you want to view things up the right way, you can add extra tubes and magnifying glasses.  Even numbers of magnifying glasses will give you an upside down picture, odd numbers will be right way up!

ahr har me hardies!

Astronomy, an Acrostic

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.

Stars are sealed up by Him, and the sun riseth not at His command.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.

Revelation speaks of a star called Wormwood.

O, Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Numbering the stars, He calleth them all by their names.

Orion, Arcturus, and Pleiades were designed by Him who created wonders without number.

Moon; appointed by Him for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Ye praise Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light!

 

stars in the night sky

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Common Crow

Common Crow

 This is the first time we have successfully had a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. It’s a very fun and interesting project; here’s a record of what happened…

Day One:  (3/03/09)

The Caterpillar

Common Crow Caterpillar

We put the caterpillar and twig in a tiny vase inside a large, glass jar. Mrs BBS tucked soggy cotton wool around the base of the stem to keep the leaves fresh and the grub from drowning. We put a soup-bowl filled with water underneath the jar to keep out intruders.  

That night it hung in a J shape. Mrs BBS thought it might be forming a chrysalis, but I told her, ‘No; it’s just going to sleep.’

 

Day Two: (4/03/09) 

 

Morning;

The Chrysalis

The Chrysalis

 

Next morning we woke up to a grape-coloured chrysalis! I had a big talking to from Mrs BBS! 😀  (just goes to show mummies really do know everything! 🙂 ) 

We were rather worried about it leaving its head out, though! 😯

Each day, morning and night,we misted it with a water spray.

 

Night;

almost gold...

almost gold...

 

At night time, after everyone except Mrs BBS had gone to bed, the chrysalis started to turn gold.  

Isn’t it pretty?

After an hour it looked like this…

 

 

 

one gold chrysalis!

one gold chrysalis!

 

 Day Three: (6/03/09)

From gold to silver...

From gold to silver...

For 6 days we misted it, and nothing happened until…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ridges appear!

ridges appear!

…the ridges appeared on Day 9:  (12/03/09)   🙂

Day 10: (13/03/09) 

The chrysalis is clear!

The chrysalis is clear!

The chrysalis turned clear revealing the black and white wings of the butterfly.  A clear chrysalis is a sign the butterfly will soon emerge! 🙂

At first we were concerned, because we were going to be out for the day, but Mrs BBS did some research, and  we learned that most butterflies emerge between 7am and 11am.

Breathing a big sigh of relief, we all went off to do our morning jobs.   A few minutes later, Mrs BBS went back for a peep, and found…

 

it's OUT!!!

it's OUT!!!

 

 

…it was out! ! ! 😯   🙂

We were also relieved to find it still had a head! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11: (14/03/09)

 

Release! with the camera...

Release! and record...

This morning we set the butterfly free, and held it- Miss 7 and I. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It flew onto a ficus tree, and stayed there a little while, then it flew into my hair. 🙂 

For just one last visit… 

 

Just one last visit...

one last visit...