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

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We are so very lucky! :)

Leon was inspired by delicious food in France – so on our return he decided to make us a four course meal…

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First course ;

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Second course ;

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Third course ;

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Fourth course ;

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Bless him! ;) ❤️

Sun Fun!

It’s been so incredibly hot here – I think we’ve been swimming almost every day…
…what better a time than to try out a few sun experiments…
…chocolate in bananas baking in the sun…?

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…or perhaps observing if a chocolate chip, a lump of butter or a slice of cheese would melt..?

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Perhaps grilling some marshmallows through a magnifying glass..?

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…or making sun prints…?

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..Or making sun tea…?

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…ready for a ‘sun tea-party..’…

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:)

It’s been over a week since we came back from our wonderful holiday in France – and I have so many lovely photos to share, that I just can’t decide which…hence my lack of recent post! :)

So I just wanted to pop in to wish my lovely boy a happy 13th birthday!

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The presents await, and so does the chair…

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And a very appreciative teenager wakes up..

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Of course, as always, there had to be some lego there…but this year, the best present must have been the bow and arrow…

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Most of the morning was spent practising, and a friend came after lunch, to join the family for the lemon cheesecake, with the path of thirteen candles, wished for by the teenager…

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And just before dinner time, Leon, Maya and two of Leon’s close friends, went off to ‘Sushi Stugan’ (the Sushi Cottage), for a grown-up meal alone, before coming home to watch ‘The Hobbit 2′. A fantastic time was had by all!

Happy 13th Birthday Leon! We look forward to the teen years! :)

We’ve been busy this week.
Grandad came to stay….

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…as did ‘cousin’ Arun….

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The weather was not fantastic at the beginning of the week, so we went to the Technical Museum. Leon and Arun spent most of their time exploring on their own, so Grandad and I were with Alfie and Ted…

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Ted thoroughly enjoyed the light table. It would be amazing to be able to make one!
Maya, our amazing Maya, did a theatre camp all week. It was her first experience of organised theatre, and it was hard going – all day, every day, with some evenings to boot! She was tired, but she enjoyed it and even made some new friends – and at the end of the week we got to see not one, but two performances of ‘The Brothers Lionheart’ by Astrid Lindgren…

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The boy with the hat is Maya’s old childhood friend Ludvig, who she did the camp with. In the last picture they’re being given roses by the camp leaders. :)
This week Alfie (our entomologist) continued his study of bugs. Having moved on from snails and dung beetles, woodlice and ants have taken their place…

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We were very excited too, to see that the caterpillars that we found in the tree had turned in to small butterflies…

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Of course, as the weather got better, there’s been beach trips…

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..grilling sausages on an open fire…

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….tree house climbing….

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…collecting of the ripe strawberries in the garden….

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…the up keep of the butterfly and bee garden (no butterflies seen yet, but lots of bees!)….

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…and a little mud kitchen play…..

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….plus the mowing of the lawn too! ;)

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Yesterday Grandad and Arun went home, and today we leave for ten days in France, where we’ll be staying in the summer house of Mormor (english grandmother) and Patu. ☀️
See you soon! ;)

We spent four days in Denmark – two in Legoland, one at an indoor adventure swimming pool, and one on safari. Yes – safari in Denmark…..and excellent it was too…

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This was a great opportunity for the kids to experience these animals close up, without cages – and especially exciting for Alfie and Ted, who have only read about some of these animals in story books, but never seen them in real life. :)
Of course, we also took advantage of the fun play park…

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….and I treated them to their first ever ‘slush puppy’…

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:)

Legoland was everything you could hope for! We all had a fantastic time! :)

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There was so much to see and do – impossible to capture it all! Not many pictures of the older kids – they’re now old enough to go off on rides together without us! I think Richard spent much of his time with Ted, and I with Alfie – hence rather more pictures of little A! ;)

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