Showing posts from June, 2011

By the seaside.....

one hour from Stockholm by car and a ferry, just in time for a late dinner and a nightcap on the jetty while the sun starts to set at 11pm. Shot with my iPhone and while my iBook is running free sharing the 
same surf, blogging is a peace of cake.
I love hi tech on the island! Else I go for wild strawberries and some
games of Scrabble, I think I will try the App for iPad.


Dressed in a black hat

Operation roofing exchange is finally completed. Almost all the mouldings have now been painted in white linseed oil. Pinnacles x 3 This is the original from a french antique dealer, mounted onto the lower ridge. The other two have been copied at the local foundry. Photo shot late evening at 21 pm. The d├ęcor by the ridges and the bargeboards we draw up by hand ourselves. Outdoors lamps from Pradier in France.
Summer vacation starts now!

I like it espaliered...

Mallows Roses Hydrangea...... Geraniums Vine sneaking up on the hydrangea Clematis and ivy to the left,  hops to the right. It's feels great to be back in charge of the garden again! All the plants are now in order and ready to meet with the summer season. The just need to spill themselves over to fill the espaliers to the top.

Free Download

Spreading some love...

Here is a free download to make a set of Inside Outside Fruit Cards.

Simply print, laminate, cut and round the corners for a fun toddler activity.

Toddlers do not learn from looking at pictures! They learn about their world by experiencing it through taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell. Please, please, please use these cards in the way they were designed to be presented...

Choose one card, and then go out and buy that fruit from your grocer...
Spend some time with your toddler looking at the fruit, touching it, smelling it...cut it open and taste it, tell her what it is called...
When she has had enough, bring out the pictures and say "outside" and "inside".

When you have presented more than one fruit in this can play the card game...

Try simple matching at first - print out two sets
Then try matching the inside pictures to the outside pictures
Then try playing a simple memory game with only two or three pairs...

If you have enjoyed using t…

How to distract

one's eye! Or to be more to trick someone not to see what's  really ugly. An old staircase made out of concrete some 50 years ago, is bugging me (always has) and by adding a few distracting items to it, you may bring forward the focus on them instead.  Meanwhile I'll concentrate on the next project for the house. How to draw up a sketch for a new exterior facade panelling   in collaboration with the architect. We are basically  using the original drawings from 1910'.
The petals of the rhododendrons are staring to come off!
Pictures taken at 10 pm today,  the daylight is amazing right now.
❤ Ia ❤

Montessori and Attachment Parenting

As a mother to two boys, and a Montessori educator, I am often asked by parents whether the Montessori approach is compatible with other child rearing philosophies. The most common query is about Attachment Parenting. I must admit that when I was first asked this question almost 10 years ago, I didn’t really know what Attachment Parenting was! After a bit of research, it became clear to me that Attachment Parenting was very compatible with my idea of parenting (my children had not yet been born, but my own parents parented me in this way with great results!). However as I progressed further into my training as a Montessori teacher at the infant toddler level, I realised that not every Montessori theorist would promote the principles of Attachment Parenting for use in the Montessori Home. However, the foundations of Attachment Parenting seemed, to me, to be very much in lhne with Dr Montessori’s vision for a peaceful childhood.
·The first principle: Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and…