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Happy Halloween!

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:)

I don’t think any more explanation is needed… ;)

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:)

Pumpkin Time!

Just because it’s always so much fun to do, because they always look so wonderful when lit – and because it’s given me an opportunity to play with lots of different photography ‘affects’, I’ll give you an insight into our pumpkin carving session….. ;)

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In true Maya style, she was still hard at work with hers hours after the rest of us had finished (doing the ghost above)…. And I just couldn’t help myself taking some photos of some cheeky sibling fun taking place…

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…before giving all the pumpkins a ‘test run’….

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:)

Maya really loves to sew, and this year she has decided to sew her own Halloween costume.
She’s going to be a witch, and she has already saved up for some black material, ordered it over the internet, and cut and sewn it for fit…..

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Difficult to see, but here is where she has stitched it at the sides, to take it in…

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Did I forget to tell you that she made her own ‘manequin’ out of cardboard rolls to help her….?

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Here she is at the ‘preview’…

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However, then she decided she needed a little decoration. She chose some sequins to sew on, making a pattern on paper first…

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..before sewing them on….

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Gorgeous!
I’m very proud of her! :)

This week at English Club we went all out for pumpkins!
Starting with a beautiful book with fairly simple vocabulary…

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…we went on to carve mini pumpkins, and make orange sugar covered pumpkin cookies….

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Now little Alfie is a little bit put out that we have so much fun at English Club, so I’ve promised him a little craft time with Lilly too…..

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:)

We are so lucky to be living within ten minutes walk of a forest…armed with a packed lunch and a magnifying glass, we set off in search of spiders…
Along the way we discovered a snail…

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..and wonderful leaves…

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We discovered a stream…

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…and a fire pit…

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Ted was fascinated by the stream, and wondered what different things were floating in it…

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He pondered over a pine tree, and we talked about their needles – he felt them…and tasted them… (!)…

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We found our spider crawling over the forest floor..

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…we counted his eight legs…

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Having just rained, it was the perfect weather to find spider’s webs. We found a few beautiful ones…unfortunately I couldn’t quite get my camera to focus on the spider/web…and we just got the leaves in the background…

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….however..the settled raindrops showed us the detailed web beautifully.
Then Ted decided to ‘drink’ the raindrops off the branches “like a spider”, he said…

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He wasn’t scared of venturing in to the bushes….

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We discovered the most fantastic ‘koja’ (den)…

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..and observed an ant’s nest…

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Hmmm…which way now..?

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Time for lunch. Ted is in the middle of explaining something important..

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And time for some spider stories….

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Who couldn’t love this detailed, raised, web…?

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Satisfied with finding our spiders, our webs, and a lot more besides, we started the walk home…

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:)

Troll Park

A few weeks a go, when the sun was still shining, Ted and I went on an ‘adventure’. We took a small picnic, and took the bus, and the train, to the ‘troll park’…just a little park.. but we weren’t disappointed…

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The park was empty, but there were signs of play before us…

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We gave our offerings to the troll..

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..and to the squirrel…

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There were secret toadstools…

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…hidden away from the toadstool ring…and new little gnomes…

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:)

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