We woke up to just enough snow to be fun but not annoying. Philip got Joshie all ready to go out and then built an Olaf with him.
Tim helped Susanna identify and cut some willow down in the riverbed to do basketmaking. Then the basketmaking began. It was harder and more frustrating than the book suggested. It took a strong hand to get the weave tight. I told Susanna that one probably would need to practice it for quite some time if one was to make a basket like those in the book.
Lily has been looking forward to using the sewing machine and I said I would teach her after the baby was born. Today was the day. Since it is hard for me to get off the feeding sofa, Susanna helped with demonstrating the set up and the parts. Susanna drew some straight and curved lines on a plain piece of fabric and Lily sewed over them. Lily was very pleased. She learnt how to thread the top of the machine and how to turn corners when sewing.
Jonathan got the microscope out and looked at a feather. He could see the barbs and the joining barbules that hook together, interlocking the vane of the feather. Then he took a photo of it down through the microscope. I didn’t think the camera would do that but it did!