About troubletron

We are a Family that enjoy outdoor activities and reading books.

We’re Back!

It’s been over a year and a half since we last posted, so we thought it’s time to get back to it.

 

The types of things we are going to post are:

Zoe’s favourite slime recipes 🙂

Things we do on the weekend around hamilton

Finlay’s photography

Zoe’s netball and dance training at home

Finlay and Megan’s gardening

 

See ya next post, BYE!!

 

Hamilton Gardens

The best excuse to show off the Tron is people coming to visit us. This time it was David and Misty who live in Wellington.

David had been to the gardens with us before but hadn’t seen the new ones.

Fin was photographer and took some cool close ups of flowers as well as of the gardens.

 

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Zoe’s favourite garden is the Indian Char Bagh garden and there was a Hare Krishna group playing music.

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Finlay’s favourite garden is the Italian Renaissance garden for Romulus and Rhemus with the wolf and the Chinese Scholar Garden for the bamboo forest.

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Trouble Tron on Tour: Pukeahu War Memorial

We had heard from lots of adults that the new War Memorial at Pukeahu Park was worth a visit. But you can never really tell if an adult’s recommendation is as good as a kid’s.

The War Memorial isn’t just good, it is awesome and really sad. Zoe took a hundred photos of the World war one exhibition and here are some of them.

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One of the best parts of the exhibition and the New Zealand room were the old photos that had been coloured.  They seemed more real and the tour guide said that more museums are colourising photos as people are less likely to walk past them thinking they can’t relate to them.

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The War memorial is worth a visit whether you are young like us or old like our Mum!  Definitely do the guided tour as we found out a lot more and the tour guide Stephen was really interesting.

We posed on the memorial stones from the Australians too.

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Baking a Soil Cake

You will remember we did a bit of treasure hunting with some of our friends. We found multi layers of soils and rock. With our mums help we found some different soil scientists who helped explain  what the different layers mean. We also found some websites that describe Waikato soil profiles. Some local scientists recommended sites to us too using Mum’s twitter and facebook. Sites we looked at were the New Zealand Soil Data Maps and Soil the world beneath our feet and this site about NZ soils and Waikato ones.  The profile of the soil we found looks a lot like the Te Rapa series but we are on the other side of the river.

The best site of all was one recommended by professor Louis schipper about using cakes to show your research

We thought as budding scientists we would build our own chocolate  research cake. In our cake you can see the top layer of peat, then clay, some iron oxide areas, a layer of stones, and a sandy and silt layer.

It was fun to research the soil and make the cake. It was even better eating it.

These are the awesome layers we found near our house.

These are the awesome layers we found near our house.

Adding the different layers/toppings to the cake.

Adding the different layers/toppings to the cake.

Adding the stone layer - maltesers

Adding the stone layer – maltesers

End result. We got the layers looking about right

End result. We got the layers looking about right

Soil cake tastes yummy

Soil cake tastes yummy