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We are a home educating family and we live in Essex. We took our six year old daughter (now 10) out of school September 2005. Our son is 4 years old and will also not being going to school at any point!! This blog was originally started to talk about what we do as a home ed family but over time it has just turned into a general blog which includes our pets, our family and our everyday lives. I guess our home education journey is just us living our lives anyway. If you have any questions or comments please email me at xscrunchee@aol.com

Monday, 28 January 2008

Stick insects

Hello all,

We are still waiting for one packet of cacti seeds and our lithop seeds to arrive. They are taking their time aren't they? Oh well, in any case we now have three baby cacti growing in our seed tray from the first lot of cacti seeds. They are tiny little things and I don't know how well they will photograph but I will give it a go!

Jasmine has now started laying-bless her. Her first egg was on Sunday 20th January.
I will also post a pic of that. My Mum and brother made some scotch eggs and one of Jasmines was a double yolker :-)

Also we are now adding to our ever-growing collection of pets. We are awaiting the arrival of 4 Thailand stick insects. We have also ordered a net cage for them to live in.
My sister is having 2 aswell.
We will have to spray them with water every day and make sure that we can find a reliable source of bramble leaves for them to eat.
Here is a pic of a full grown one...........

This picture is of a stick insect owned by a young man called Martin. His stick insects had babies and they are babies which we are getting :-)
Fascinating little creatures they are. They are predominately female and the females do not need a male to fertilize the eggs. (parthenogenetic) Interesting stuff eh?

So, we will have.........3 cats, 3 hens, 1 dog, 1 snake, tropical tank, fish pond, sea monkeys and 4 stick insects. The kids Dad thinks it's turning into a zoo!! lol
He has never really been one for having pets. The snake is his but as for the rest of them-he could take them or leave them I think! lol
Wonder what quirky little pet I could get next?? Mmmm, will give that some thought I think! ;-)  lol
I know that the kids would love more giant African land snails so maybe at some point............lol

It is little Liams birthday tomorrow so I am off out today getting his cake and bits sorted out. No doubt I will have birthday pics to add too.

Have a great day and if anyone fancies a few stick insects-gis a shout and I'll ask Martin to send you some :-)

Byeeee and have a really good day.  xx


Wednesday, 16 January 2008


Found this little video which shows loads of lithops. Enjoy :-)

Sea monkeys, Lithops, cacti and stuff!

Well, we have some new little projects coming up.
First of all the rock tumbler is nearly finished (thank goodness), it is on it's final polish.
Here are the stones after the second grinding. They are much smoother than the rough stones we started with.
When it is all done I will show pics of each type of stone after each process side by side so we can see the difference clearly.

I have taken some pics and a little video of Emmie's sea monkeys. They are getting on really well and growing fast. Unfortunately they are not easy to photograph but you can sort of see them.........


We are hoping to go to Colchester zoo this spring, we are just praying that Liam is ok having travel sick pills so that we can get there. He is coming up three years old so I will be able to give him stronger travel sick pills soon. We will start off with some bus journeys and see how he goes.

The children and I are soon going to be growing some cacti from seed and also some lithops (living stones). We have done our homework and have ordered the special compost etc for them. Very excited. lol
Here are some photo's of lithops.....................
(Pics won't upload for some reason-wondering if I have too many pics in this entry, will post lithop pics under new entry)

They are very unusual and apparently a bit tricky to grow from seed but we fancy the challenge!! lol
So, the plan is that we will start them all off in seed trays and when they start growing we are going to make our own cacti garden, our own lithops garden and also we are going to pot some up to give to people as gifts.
Let's just hope they grow!!
From what I have read-cacti are brilliant for kids to grow as they start off looking like minute green balls and then as they grow they begin to develop their shapes. Sounds good-let's just see how we get on!! lol

Liam having a wash at his kitchen sink!! lol

My babies after their baths sitting with their glo babies :-)

Emmies home made goo/slime.

Emmie's dog tied up outside the chicken run!! lol
I was in the kitchen and Emmie was out in the run with the girls. I looked outside and saw Emmies dog tied up and it made me laugh-she obviously thought that it might go charging off around the garden while she was with the chickens.LOL

Have a fab day :-D



Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


Well, Let's hope that 2008 turns out to be a good one. 2007 turned out to be not so great for us so here's hoping that we have a better year this year.

The kids had a great Christmas and Father Christmas bought them tons of new toys.
Now we just have the problem of fitting them all into our tiny house. lol

The hens were pleased when the tree came down as I chopped all of the branches off of it and put the trunk into their run so that they can climb on it. I've also managed to get my Mum to convince my youngest brother to let me have their tree trunk for the girls, it was a bit of a job though as he wanted to chop it up and burn it in his chimney burning thingy wotsit. lol

The pics of the girls making use of their tree trunk are still on my camera at the mo so as soon as I put them on Photobucket I will post them on here.

Just before Christmas, my little Sister came to my house with a bunch of flowers for me. I was sooo surprised and actually got quite choked up when she gave them to me. What a little sweetie she is :-)

My new clock. My youngest brother bought this for me for Christmas. I really love it and when I paint that chimney wall dark red I think the clock will look fantastic!!

Some spare Christmas tree branches which I had to trim off of the tree so that it could fit into the room better. The girls enjoyed scratching about in them looking for mixed corn. :-)

I made the hens a shelf using part of my old Eglu run. I attached it to the wire using the Eglu run clips and held it steady with a piece of chain. Sometimes the simplist of ideas are the best and the girls enjoy it :-)

Emmie got a rock tumbler for Christmas so here is a picture of the rough stones. I am going to photograph them after each stage of grinding and polishing so that we can see how they change step by step.
I will probably put those under seperate entries.
She also got Sea monkeys which have now hatched out but are way to small to take pics of at the moment.
I might try and get Emmie to keep a Sea monkey/rock tumbler diary on her own blog but failing that I will do it here. (Which will more than likely be the case I feel.) lol

Will post more pics soon when I upload them off of my camera :-D

Have a great day and Happy New Year to you all once again!!

(Edited due to typo)


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