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Yummy Yellow!

Last week we were playing with the colour yellow..
Collecting yellow..

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Bathing in yellow..

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Reading books about yellow things…

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Eating yellow…

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Learning about the yellow sun…

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Creating yellow (suns perhaps?)…

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..writing in yellow shaving foam..

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Playing with yellow water beads..

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..and appreciating yellow…

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This week we’re discovering blue… :)

A Late Summer Walk

It’s been a long late summer – who would have thought that it could be so warm still in September in Sweden? But that warmth is predicted soon to end, so we made the most of the last day by getting down to the sea, by Nickelviken, in Nacka.

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Maya and Alfie enthused at the waves caused by the speed boats…

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Ted and I discovered wonderful ‘secret’ coves…

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Alfie discovered ‘stensöta’ – an edible root from the forest..

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The beautiful, but dangerous ‘flugsvamp’ is making its autumn comeback…

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There was time for a ‘fika’ (snack) on the cliffs..

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…and for looking at interesting fungi..

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…here is Leon’s photo..

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Due to the dry summer, we’ve had no luck with blueberries this year – but Alfie filled his basket with mushrooms – edible or not, he doesn’t care – the picking and finding in itself is the fun bit!

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And at the end of the walk, Maya and Alfie amused and charmed passersby , by finding, hanging up, spreading out and drying, huge pieces of bright green pond weed on the railings….

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It was extremely funny to have people stop and take photographs of them doing this, and one lady from America, remarked at how wonderfully ‘old fashioned’ they were and how simply they played…it made me proud…and of course, lots of pond weed came home with us! Maya was planning on making a mat – Alfie a t-shirt for Ted… ;)

Maya and Alfie were home from school a few days this week – during this time I let them watch a film called ‘Turbo Snail’, about a snail who wishes to race…
Sometimes a small thing like a film can inspire bigger things….and while Alfie played happily with racing cars for hours, Maya spent those hours building the race track (with an added moment here and there to wave the start flag for Alfie’s cars…)…

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Really – Maya’s creativity never ceases to amaze me! :)

Building Stonehenge

We continued our third english lesson with a quick check up on stone age vocabulary, with the use of Playmobil…

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…before going on to look at images of ‘stone henge’ . We talked about why we thought stone henge was built, whether it was a gathering place or a place of spiritual connection, or perhaps a place where people could see the movement of the moon or the sun, and we looked at different types of stone ‘circles’.
We then tried to create our own ‘stone henge’ using clay – and exploring english words to describe the feel of the clay at the same time…

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Here are the completed works of art – I just love them!

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…and we won’t forget the mammoth and the horse that were also made…

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The book ‘Noune – Child Of Prehistory’, has proved an excellent book to read to my own children (though the english may be too difficult for the other kids…)..

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…and we rounded off our family film night, with a showing of ‘The Croods’ – not exactly an ‘authentic’ stone age film (!), but fun just the same! ;)

All the plums we have on our tree, led me to a wonderful recipe I made a couple of years a go – Plum and Almond Clafoutis – originally from Limousin, in France. The dish’s name comes from Occitan and means ‘to fill up’.

Ingredients ;
60g butter
500g plums (halved & stoned)
100g sugar
2 eggs separated
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
120ml double cream
50g chocolate chips
1 tbsp ground almond
Icing sugar to dust
1 cake tin (about 23 cm)

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1) Turn the oven on to gas mark 4 / 180 C.
2) Rub butter around cake tin, and then melt rest in pan. When it bubbles, add half the sugar and the plums. Let bubble (but not boil)….

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….before tipping them in to the cake tin.
3) Whisk egg yolks and the rest of the sugar until fluffy…

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4) Fold in the flour, vanilla essence and almonds….

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5) In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form ‘peaks’..

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6) …fold them in to the almond batter mix….

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7) Add the cream, and then pour this over the plums…

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8) Scatter the chocolate chips over the top….

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…and pop tin in to the oven for around 30 minutes.
9) The batter will puff up in the heat, and it will turn a golden brown…

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10) …leave to cool for ten minutes and dust with icing sugar..

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….and EAT!
SO delicious – especially with cream! ;)

Voting Time

It’s voting time here in Sweden. And just as we did four years a go, we again, had our own family vote…

Having talked about the different parties, and the most likely prime ministers..

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Each and every family member made up their own party..

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The ‘Outside Party’ (Maya offering at least 3.5 hours of outside play per day plus help with more chores at home), the ‘U Party’ (Leon offering the cat a chance to sleep inside the kitchen and not just the laundry room at night, and a chance to ban the keeping of insects and animals for observation), the ‘Alfie Party’ (offering more Saturday sweeties and more computer game time), the ‘Nabbi Party’ (Ted offering the chance to eat plums and buy watermelon), the ‘Wire Party’ (Richard offering homemade apple sauce on pancakes and more forest walks), and the ‘Mamma Party’ (myself offering a ban on being out of bed before 7am, and a regular weekly family film night with popcorn).
And then the voting began….

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The results:
Alfie Party ; 1
Mamma Party ; 2
Nabbi Party ; 1
Outside Party ; 1
U Party ; 2
Wire Party ; 0
It was a joint win – a collaboration between the ‘Mamma Party’ and the ‘U Party’!
Of course, every voting day should end with a democracy cake…

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:)

Harvest Time!

Time to harvest our goods – carrots, potatoes, gourds, beetroots, tomatoes, lettuce and plums…

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The apples and pears are not quite ready – they’ll have to wait – but yesterday we enjoyed our first carrots and potatoes for dinner! :)

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