Taiwan

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry that has yet to be plucked

Strawberry that has yet to be plucked

One of the activities which I always wanted to try as a kid is picking strawberries from a strawberry farm. Doggie boy and Tiger girl love eating strawberries.  They loves all forms of strawberry from the actual fruit to its jam and ice-cream.

The kids getting ready to pluck their strawberries

The kids getting ready to pluck their strawberries

All of us were really thrilled when the opportunity was presented to us  personally experience plucking strawberries.  There are many such farms in Taiwan and I requested that the we visit one.

Tiger girl deciding on where to pluck the strawberries from

Tiger girl deciding on where to pluck the strawberries from

Getting ready to pick with her basket

Getting ready to pick with her basket

We randomly stopped by a strawberry farm to pluck strawberries. What we learned from the farmers that we need to use scissors to cut off the strawberries with the stem intact. This  prevents the plant from bruising  and keeps it in prime condition.

The strawberry plant

The strawberry plant

It was extremely hot that day so we didn’t spend  much time picking strawberries.  Even though there wasn’t really a limit on  the amount of strawberries we could pluck  I gave the kids a quota.

bees on the flowers

bees on the flowers

While selecting the strawberries to pluck I came across quite a few bees buzzing around the flowers. I manage to capture this shot of a bee who rested for a few seconds on a flower.

Have you been strawberry picking before?
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Painted Ducks at Miaoli Sanyu Duck DIY

Our painted artwork

Our painted artwork

We had fun trying out different types of crafts during the December holidays. One activity which the kids and I tried was painting on wood.

The color mixing chart

The color mixing chart

Ducks and woodwork are the main attraction in Miaoli.    We were taken to a Duck DIY workshop during one of the day trips in Miaoli, Taiwan.

The equipment we were given

The equipment we were given

Each of us chose the wooden item which we would like to paint on.

Tiger girl chose the horse above to paint. We were give a pallet , blotting paper and paint brush and were off to do our painting.

Painting the base coat on the horse

Painting the base coat on the horse

Painting a wooden figurine was not as easy as we thought. It requires several coats of paint and drying in between to get the perfect finish.

Doggie boy painting his chosen Duck shaped tray

Doggie boy painting his chosen Duck shaped tray

We were given pots of colored paint which had their consistency pre-mixed. The kids were to scoop out the amounts that they require to put on their palettes and mix the colors if needed.

The kids seated at the table

The kids seated at the table

The workshop was held in a traditional looking classroom with wooden benches and tables.

The kids had to use the hairdryer to dry their wooden statues after each new coat of paint has been added on. This is to ensure that the statue would have a smooth finish when  it goes through the furnace in the end.

It took about 2 hours before their masterpieces were completed and ready for the furnace.

Ice cream treat for the kids

Ice cream treat for the kids

There is time for ice-cream anytime while on holidays.  The kids enjoyed their flower shaped ice-cream  after they completed their crafts.

Have you painted on wood before?

 

Sanyi Duck DIY

No. 176, Chonghe Road, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County

Phone : +88637872076

Price : Free to visit DIY from $200NT
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