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7/29/2009 9:46:35 AM
Flight Plan: Tips for Traveling with Children
My wife and I are used to long-distance travel with young children. With grandparents in different parts of the world, we have flown across the Atlantic countless times with one or two very young children. Before each flight, we are terrified of eight or more hours of nonstop screaming and the consequent looks from our fellow passengers. Accordingly, we prepare all kinds of diversions to keep the children occupied (and the other passengers peacefully asleep). I thought it might be helpful for other parents to share a few tips from our experience. Boarding: Families with small children are usually allowed to board before everyone else. The idea is to...
Categories: Parenting
7/25/2009 6:06:48 PM
The Itty-Bitty Insect Hotel
This month I would like to show you around our hotel — our insect hotel, that is! Our miniature hotel provides a suitable habitat for the insects we keep, which are so very important for cultivating our gardens. Keeping insects is a natural method of plant protection that is particularly effective in closed buildings such as greenhouses. They control the bad insects in various ways and pollinate the plants. The “hotel” demonstrates how easy it is to create situations that support insects. I enjoy observing how the different yet valuable little critters bring food and housing materials into each of the hotel’s little rooms. My colleague Heike,...
7/8/2009 10:25:53 AM
Calendula’s Time to Shine
July is the month of calendula (Calendula officinalis), when we marvel at the fields of orange flowers. In fact, if I could, I'd declare it the official year of calendula! As you can tell, I like this plant very much, and it's Weleda’s largest crop. We use it in our Baby Care line and in our Calendula Toothpaste. In three or four days, we'll harvest the flourishing flowers, then we'll harvest the herba, the entire upper part of the plant. This is the only harvest we do by machine Another beautiful medicinal plant that comes to flower in July is monkshood, or monk’s hood (Aconitum napellus). Although highly toxic, it is beneficial taken in appropriate...