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The creativity of the children’s garden (‘the secret garden’, ‘the fairy garden’ or the ‘creative corner’ as it’s been known) goes on.

Recently the painting of the top of the wood stumps, made them in to toadstool seats, and a toadstool table…

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No better place then, to taste rose-petal ‘fairy’ sandwiches…!

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Enjoyed by Ted, and also by Leon and Maya – who are presently planning their own ‘secret gardens’..

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A snack enjoyed after the simple painting of stones…

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…something I know that Ted will enjoy playing with…

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:)

Muddy bliss!

Teddy found a mud pool….

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….and loved it…

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;)

Ladybird Cake

Maya made a ladybird cake – just because….

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….and we sang happy birthday to Patu, our ‘grandfather’ in France…

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Happy Birthday Patu! :)

Something I’ve wanted to try for a long time! ;)

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Wonderful! :)

Eight months ago one of Alfie’s best friends, Joshua, moved away – something that upset Alfie, a friend he has missed so much.

I had promised him, that come the summer, we could take a train trip and visit him for a weekend – and so we did!

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The one and a half hour train trip in itself was very exciting! We passed the time learning about the continents – something Alfie is presently very interested in…

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The two friends still got on very well..

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…sharing their humour and love of lego…

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..and lots of outdoor fun was had!

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A tortoise and some llamas were the source of much interest…

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…as was the world’s largest Dala horse…

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And so, a tired, but very contented six year old and I made our way home on the train…

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…until next time! :)

Leon decided it was important to take only five items for the overnight camp – after much discussion it was decided that the five items be :
Sleeping bag
Tent
Camping Stove
Soup
Matches
I pointed out that water was missing – but Leon pointed out that they could get water from the outside tap.

Essentially the idea was to accomplish outdoor survival for 12 hours….

They set up the tent..

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..and so the evening began…

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…with communal cooking of the soup..

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…picking and collecting of the salad…

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…and eating, of course…

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Well, Alfie didn’t quite make it through the night, but of course Leon and Maya did – though early morning didn’t really go as planned… Maya woke at 4.30am, and couldn’t go back to sleep due to hunger….
Lessons learned ;
1) Don’t skimp on food
2) Don’t put the tent up next to the road
“Probably easier to do it alone next time”, said Leon ‘Grylls’ … ;)

All sorts of berries await picking in our garden right now….

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We are so very lucky! :)

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