My lion tamer

I’ve often wondered why a dandelion is called a dandelion. Without much thought, I’ve assumed it the yellow shaggy mane. After a bit of research it seems that it probably originated from the french for lions tooth (dent de lion) because of the ragged tooth shape petals. The list of uses is long.

Regardless the origins of the name, we have a lot of them in the garden at the  moment. This is partly due to the mower that used to keep the grass short in the smaller parts of the garden,… well let’s say it won’t be doing it anymore. Until we have  a replacement, my husband is strimming the area. Not often enough.

Step in TF. This is a boy who loves the idea of using tools and doing whatever Daddy does. He has accepted that some things will have to wait until he is older.

So he improvises. An old pram is turned into a mower. A shaped stone becomes a chain saw. An old branch is his strimmer. At the moment, there are tears if he cannot find his strimmer. It is used on a daily basis.

I think the dandelions are pretty safe for the moment.

I’ve linked this to 5 Orange Potatoes Great Outdoor Challenge. There are lots of links to great nature ideas. So for inspiration, go take a look.

8 thoughts on “My lion tamer

  • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Love the little lion tamer. Araina does this when they go to seed, easier to hit. 🙂
    I linked you today.

    • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 9:35 am

      Lisa – I’m not sure I’ll share that bit of information with him. I’m not sure our neighbours would appreciate it! Thank you for linking to me today.

  • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 1:47 am

    That is a BRILLIANT strimmer (and one determined chap!) :0)

    • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 9:39 am

      Val – he can spend ages on this game. Not that I would give him anything that could actually cut, but I sure he would clear the lot if he had a scythe. I’ve not used one for a while but I think he has the right technique. Still not giving him a scythe!

    • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Becca – thank you. He really is a practical chap, but loves being called cute.

  • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Oh my gosh, he’s adorable! Lol!

    • Thursday 29 April, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Jodi – I’m waiting for him to be older and take over all the grass cutting. He already loves sitting on his Daddy’s lap on the tractor and mowing the grass.

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