A couple of months ago, Alex acquired a water filter. A small one, obviously, but a working one designed to demonstrate how water filtration works. The system has three layers — containing stones, sand and filter paper respectively — and when you pour the dirty water into the top, cleanish water drips out of the bottom.
A couple of weekends ago, we finally found the time to set it up. So set it up we did and I gave the twins a beaker of water and told them to dissolve a little bit of soil in it.
They excelled themselves.
Then the time came to start filtering:
Of course, there is only one way to test the results.
And before anyone asks, I did cheat a little bit for the final photo. The filter certainly did a good job of clearing the water, but was nowhere near effective enough to clean the findings of a pair of determined eight-year-olds.
I removed that last bit of cloudiness by replacing the filtered water with tap water.
We appear to have another pair of twins in the house. Not human ones this time, which is why we can get away with giving them names like Chili and Pepper.
They seem to have settled in pretty quickly, though.
Chili and Pepper
I have mentioned Macsen’s karate once before on this blog. Today was his second tournament – the Belgian JKF Gojukai championship.
Macsen made it through four fights, winning three of them – spectacularly in the case of the first fight. Although he didn’t manage to win the final fight, it was very close with only one point in it. And his performance was good enough to win second place.
Suffice to say, proud dad is very proud indeed.
Today, Macsen competed in his first karate tournament. The boy did well.
This weekend, William was given the responsibility of looking after the class dog. So we took him out and had a few adventures, one of which resulted in the dog being left in my care for five minutes.
This is what happened next.
I didn’t think he’d be able to reach into the glass
This week I have mainly been playing draughts with William. In Voxelands
It’s quite a challenge looking at a digital board from completely the wrong angle. But the game is slowly progressing.
A giant statue of Mickey Mouse
All hail the stone rodent
We’ve almost made it through another year. Now that we’ve reached December and the Sint has been and gone, it’s time to put up the Christmas tree and get ready for Santa.
The boys did quite a good job this year.
A couple of evenings ago, as the kids came home, it was dark and the moon was both full and red. Alex decided he had to take a photo of this and rushed in to find a camera. This is the result.
Not bad for a five year old.
This weekend has been mainly spent cutting wood. After ten years, Eve has finally agreed that a chainsaw would be useful to have (as opposed to occasionally renting one) and I have finally gotten around to taking some of the large, overhanging branches on the oak trees that surround the house.
Of course, I had help.
Next time I might even plug it in.