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06 Oct, 2008

Sunday October 5, 2008

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Misc. life

I think this illustrates our afternoon rather nicely.

Sunday October 5, 2008

As you can see I baked some bread (!) and then we went to the butterfly exhibit at Carleton, which was very interesting. The kids loved it and although I’m not exactly a Bug Lover I thought it was cool too.

It’s not too late to go! It’s on until October 13. If you go (and I do recommend it) :

  • Go early! The crowds were crushing.
  • Admission is free, and parking on campus is free on weekends. Otherwise it’s pay parking.
  • Leave your coat in the car (if you’re parked near at P11), or be prepared to leave your layers on a chair between exhibits. These beauties are topical in nature, and it is so humid in there you’ll wonder why you bothered straightening your hair.
  • Bring your camera. You never know when a butterfly will decide to land on your head.
  • Do not panic if a butterfly lands on your head. If you panic, swat, and accidentally kill it, 100+ people will be very very angry with you.
  • Orange slices, yes or no? Some people brought orange slices as food for butterflies, but I’m not entirely sure if they were very effective at luring them in.
  • After you’re done with the butterflies take a short stroll down to the river. Wait for the O-train to come across the bridge (how many times can you say you had a train run over your head, NOT MANY I BET!), watch the ducks (you might see swans!) and enjoy the view. You won’t be sorry you did.

6 Responses to "Sunday October 5, 2008"

1 | The Veg Next Door

October 6th, 2008 at 6:53 pm


Beautiful pics.

Question for you…what containers do you pack your kids lunches in? Perhaps you’ve already covered this in a previous post. The Pea wants applesauce for snack tomorrow at school. I’m worried it’s going to spill everywhere. Thinking I should invest in some good containers.

2 | andrea

October 6th, 2008 at 7:13 pm


I’m afraid I don’t have the best answer. I use plastic containers for the girl’s lunches because I haven’t found anything that’s non-plastic AND lightweight. For applesauce and yogurt I just dump it from its original big container into a small container which they bring to school. I give them a steel spoon. I like using ones I bought secondhand, that way I don’t have to worry about them getting lost.

3 | porter

October 6th, 2008 at 10:23 pm


Looks like fun. We live close enough to the butterfly conservatory in Niagara Falls (Canadian side) and it never disappoints!

Is that your new butter container in the bread pic??? I keep meaning to find one. I like that dish, it’s nice looking.

4 | andrea

October 7th, 2008 at 7:53 am


Yes, that’s our butter bell. There’s a better pic of it here. We got it at Winner’s, but I’ve seen nicer ones at Stokes (tableware/kitchen shop). They had ones that were smaller and just plain white. I am finding the one we bought a bit too large. (It holds exactly one stick of butter.)

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October 8th, 2009 at 8:23 am


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January 7th, 2018 at 2:35 pm


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