A ‘Cat’ Birthday Party

At the weekend we had Maya’s long awaited ‘cat birthday party’ – it was a wonderful success!

We started with some cat mask making…

And then went on to play ‘pass the cat’ – pass the cat around the circle, when the music stops and you are left holding the cat you get a treat – but the last person wins a prize (which just happened to be a cat themed play-set!)…

After which it was food..

And cake…

It was then time for the treasure hunt – with all cats on their knees, they were to go around the house finding three hidden mice each…

…to get their goodie bags…

…with cat treats…

Ending with a little ‘cat’ dancing…

And the making of pom-pom cats…

Plus we mustn’t forget our wonderful neighbourhood cat…

The cats were all lovely – and not the least bit ‘catty’ !

A Playground For Chicks

I was rather unwell last week (thus very few posts), but I managed to take a few photos – and I just loved this little playground that Maya and Alfie built for the chicks one morning!

Here is mother hen and her brood.

She looks warily on...

...as her babies line up for the big tube slide...

She would much rather they go on the see-saw...

Or the slide...

Or even the big climbing frame..

But when they go on the zip-line, it really takes the biscuit!

"That's it chicks! We're leaving!" she says

Spring Marzipan Sweets

Making and moulding sweets out of marzipan is a big thing here in Sweden, especially at Easter and Christmas. Maya and I sat down to a little moulding last week!

We first died the marzipan with a drop of food colouring by kneading it in, choosing yellow, orange, green, purple and pink colours.

We then started to mould it…

And made chicks, rabbits, carrots, and baskets of eggs and fruit…

Later Maya even made Leon’s name – and when he came home from school he joined in too!

Calling The Birds

A beautiful sunny day, and we went for a walk to the lake with our friends Anna and Juni.

Maya, who enjoys whistling when she’s happy, realised her whistles were attracting the calls of a crow…

Perhaps this was his nest?

We saw lots of little great-tits, and were even lucky enough to hear a woodpecker. I wonder if it was the same one as last year?!

Alfie Gets Hysterical Over Flowers!

On going to the Garden Centre yesterday, Alfie became extremely enthusiastic over smelling the flowers – and we realised he hasn’t really seen any since around September!

“Mmm. Dom luktar ganska gott” he was heard to say, which means “Mmmm, they smell quite good”…

He even enjoyed smelling plastic flowers…

And plants without any flowers at all!

Signs Of Spring Are On Their Way

Apparently Sweden was on ‘red alert’ today. Why? Because at 8 degrees Celsius, in glorious sunshine, the snow started melting – fast!

Perhaps you may think that ‘red alert’ is a little over the top? I did. But on looking out our kitchen window this afternoon, a sudden mass of snow landed with a thud in the garden. It had slid off the roof. And if any of the kids had been standing there, they would have been well and truly knocked out!

This year, even Sweden has had more snow than it can cope with. The town squares, the car parks, and the sides of the roads are piled high with huge mountains of unwanted snow. And the question on everyone’s mind is, where will it all go???

However, today we enjoyed seeing glimpses of ground, and even grass, in our garden…

A Swedish Easter Tree

It’s time for the traditional ‘Easter Tree’. I’m not sure what the historical meaning is behind them, and the only information I could find was this, but they are without doubt, very pretty!

Going by the name of ‘pĂ„skris’, one uses branches of birch in a vase of water, and ties coloured feathers to the ends of the branches. Eventually the buds on the ends of the branches sprout, and little green leaves appear, making it even more pretty.

Often people also hang on little egg decorations (as we did last year) , but this year Maya decided to tie on some (rather worn out) butterfly decorations…