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Farmer Ted

Lately Ted has shown a great interest in the chickens. Every morning he rushes out to get the eggs; opening the chicken house door, checking for eggs, carefully bringing them in to the house, and returning to close the chicken house door. Often he asks for a bucket of food to feed to them – throwing it out to them in the classic way.
Yesterday morning was beautiful and sunny, and I had lots if ideas for things to do. But often it’s better to just stand back, and watch them play…..

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There was lots of feeding of the hens, putting ‘treasures’ in their house (pinecones and small stones), and general wondering around with the buckets. He’s taking the hens very seriously. I’m glad we got them. ;)

Every day should be Earth Day really – but never the less, on the 22nd April, Ted and I were down at the lake collecting ‘interesting things from nature’…

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We brought our ‘interesting things’ home and used them to do some open-ended art work….

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Ted’s not really in to the concept of creating a specific craft for the sake of it. He wants to touch and explore and sometimes even taste…
There is never enough glue for Ted. Rolling objects in the glue, and painting the objects with the glue, is much better than sticking the objects on the glue to make a pretty picture!

Adding some green-yellow paint (think land), and some blue paint (water), helped to add to the ‘natural effect’ – along with the brown paper from the recycling bin.

And of course, like glue, the more paint, the better. Mixing, stirring, spreading – nothing specific, just doing. Enjoying every second – and not caring about the end product….

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…and that’s okay with me – I think it’s beautiful! :)

I-Phone Cake

Today is the pappa’s birthday.
Maya made him an I-Phone cake..

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Bless her! ;)

Today Alfie decided to organise his whole family in a series of competitions.

He gave us all instructions, and a personalised ‘ticket’ which he was to ‘stamp’ after we had completed each competition.

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Apparently there will be eight competitions – one each day. Competition number one was to build the highest lego tower…

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I wonder what the rest of the week will look like? :)

We took a trip to ‘Lida’ yesterday. It’s an ‘open air park’ (friluftsgĂ„rd) , of which we have so many here in Sweden.
We started with the easy kids trail…

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Of course, the older three kids ran ahead, which left Ted, Richard and I ambling behind, discovering flowers, how to follow trails, homemade dens, and man made ones (a ‘kota’)…

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Eventually we caught up with the others at the top of the mountain, just in time for a snack..

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Walking back down the trail both Alfie and Ted were highly enthused at seeing the years first butterflies…!

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At the end of the trail both Leon and Maya impressed me with their climbing skills…

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We came to a beach where Maya enjoyed the sand, Alfie told me all about wild flowers – and found out that walking with his dad’s glasses on wasn’t easy…!

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We walked along the beach, and discovered a jetty…

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…and lo and behold, a wild rabbit! The Easter bunny perhaps?
Here are Leon’s pictures…

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…and a little photo fun….

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…before starting the trip back home..

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…but not before an ice-cream of course..!

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How lucky we are to live in a part of the world where nature is always accessible!
:)

Thanks to our lovely blog friend Pam – who has the amazing and inspiring crafty blog ‘Gingerbread Snowflakes’ – we were able to test ‘Kool-Aid’ to dye our eggs this year – all the way from America…!

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Following the instructions on Pam’s blog, we mixed the sachets in to water (no vinegar needed), and carefully popped in the boiled eggs…

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The colours were amazing! Though we were shocked to hear this was a drink!!!
Anyway, we left the eggs for a long time, in room temperature (actually overnight), and in the morning I dabbed them off with kitchen paper and left them to dry…

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When ready, I gave them faces, and popped on farmor’s knitted egg hats – for last minute fun…

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….and it was eggs for breakfast!

Thank you Pam, for our fantastic Kool-Aid….and by the way, Happy Easter everyone! ;)

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This year the hunt was a little trickier! Each child had to find five eggs of their given colour, and within the eggs were not only a couple of tiny chocolate eggs, but also some letters. The letters had to be put together to make the word of the room where an Easter gift was hidden!

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So off they went…!

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And what fun they had…!

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Sometimes it was frustrating…

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…but it was definitely worth it!

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“The best one ever!” said the kids!
:)

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