Mulberry Mayhem

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What’s cooking on the stove? Purple berry jam? Syrup?

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It’s spring time and the mulberries are ripening.

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Maya is impressed with the net Asher has rigged to catch berries as they fall.

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Look how well it works!

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The berries are even funnelled into a bowl (with a little help).

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Still, some land up on the grass. You can pick them up before you squoosh them underfoot.

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Or you can climb up into the tree…

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…and pick them straight off from where they hang amongst the leaves.

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Asher is in his element in amongst the screen of rough green leaves.

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“I’m putting on lipstick.”

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“Doesn’t that look cool?”

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“I’m a Red Indian!”

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“Me too!”

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Look how many mulberries Asher has collected.

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The mulberry stains don’t wash off that easily. Do you see how the swimming pool water has turned a little pink?

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There are some very hungry silkworms in a shoe box.

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“Let’s pick them some nice, fresh leaves.”

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Mulberry leaves are silkworms’ favourite food.

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Aaaah, that’s better.

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Silkworms are such funny creatures.

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Look how they cling to Maya’s fingers.

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Asher helps a silkworm to find its way to fresh food.

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Ella has come home. Actually, the silkworms are hers.

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She likes to check on them in the cool shade of the fig tree.

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She places a silkworm on her nose.

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Where are you going, little man?

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Bridging across my nose, I suppose

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Don’t fall off, now.

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Here, try my forehead.

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It’s a puzzling thing for worm and girl. (See the question mark upside down.)

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Ella places the worm back in the shoe box.

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Safely back home.

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Tomorrow there will be a whole lot more mulberries, ripe and ready.

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Splat!

My thanks to Asher, Maya and Ella

 

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