We affectionately call this tree The Butterfly Tree. The rambling branches tumble over the fence from next door, creating a perfect little natural cubby house underneath. The kids and I love trimming the branches from the under side to make more of the space, and sweeping the floor with branches.
I had tossed around the idea of hanging some bunting inside the butterfly house, but then I discovered I had a bunch of these metal butterfly cutouts from a broken piece of jewellery. Perfect! My daughter wanted to hang them on rainbow ribbons, so we bought some 99c rolls of ribbon in a range of bright colours. We also bought some jingly bells to add some sound to the colour.
My daughter threaded the ribbons onto the metal butterflies and I tied the knots. Then we took them outside to hang in the butterfly house. They look absolutely gorgeous! A secret little rainbow of butterflies to welcome visitors to the cubby. Sadly the photos don’t capture them very well, but hopefully they give you the idea.
By the way, it took me longer to find out what the tree is than it did to plan, photograph and write this post. FINALLY I think I have an answer: Red Orchid Tree (Red Bauhinia). It’s very common around Brisbane, and I’ve blogged before about using the leaves for leaf rubbings. Anyone know if I’m right?!
Where have your kids been playing this week…?