Bowls Of Coloured Snow

A box of white snow, and some bowls of (diluted) food colouring …

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The idea of ‘painting the snow’ quickly went out the window..

…a spoon was soon spied…

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..though spoons were soon ignored in favour of hands…

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“Ooohhh, cold” he told me…

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I had expected the colouring to go in to the vat of snow..

…but Ted decided putting the snow in to the bowls of colouring was much better…

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All in all, we had a much enjoyed activity, cold hands, and a beautiful rainbow colored slushy mess…!

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Marking The End Of Christmas (In Sweden)

Christmas in Sweden ends on the 13th January.

Twenty days after Christmas is Knut’s day – ‘tjugondag Knut’.

This is when the ‘julgransplundring’ takes place – which literally means the ‘plundering of the Christmas tree’…

It starts with the dancing around the tree, songs which will also be sung at Midsummer..

…yes, we did do this, but no photos I’m afraid – too much dancing to be done!

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Then it’s time to put away the decorations…

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…until all the decor is gone…

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The tree is taken in to the garden, and the pine needles are hoovered up….

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Often the tree is filled with sweets, or ‘Jultomten’ (Father Christmas) comes with sweets for the kids,

but we decided instead, to ‘plunder the gingerbread house’…

….we let the two little ones start, armed with a toy hammer each…

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…and the ‘plundering’ began..!

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A Walk In The Snow

Yesterday some new snow fell – and of course we had to go outside!

“No sledges” said Alfie, “I want to walk!”

Having just read ‘The Snowy Day’, I think he had been inspired….

So just like Peter, the boy in the book, we went for a walk…

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And just like Peter, the boy in the book, we made footprints, and heard our feet crunching the snow…

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But unlike Peter, we couldn’t find a stick to make tracks, and we couldn’t find a ‘mountain’ to climb.

We didn’t see any big kids having a snowball fight, and we didn’t build a snowman or make snow angels.

No…instead, unlike Peter, we discovered new neighbours.

Neighbours with chickens…

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And not just chickens – quails too!

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And unlike Peter we didn’t come home with a snowball.

No, unlike Peter we came home with two freshly laid quails’ eggs…

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…before walking…

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…all the way…

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…home…

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Sunday Art At Farmor’s

Our ‘farmor'( swedish grandmother), was away this Christmas time, so yesterday we had a chance to catch up…

Often we bring our own lego to keep us amused…

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More than often we enjoy spinning around in the ‘television armchair’ or playing with the giant red exercise ball…

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Or just ‘investigating’ Farmor’s many interesting bits and bobs…

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But yesterday a little man discovered the art of photography…

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And put together his own view of Farmor’s house…

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Thank you Alfie for inviting us in to your world of art…

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Six Months On….

Six months on, and here we are again!

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We are well, and happy, and I have admittedly enjoyed the blog break – but missed it at times too…!

Way back in September we enjoyed harvesting…

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… hosting an apple party, organised by Maya and her friend Hanna….

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…with apple orientated games …

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 …and the communal making of apple sauce…

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In October we enjoyed leaves….

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In many shapes and forms…

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Alfie and Ted discovered something in common….sensory mess…and thus came ‘Messy Friday’…

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Maya discovered the art of ‘paper cutting and creating’ (bringing Alfie along the journey too)…

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Meanwhile, Ted discovered the joy of diggers…

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And Leon discovered the joy of cooking….specifically seafood…

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…and snails…

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In October we also enjoyed pumpkins.

Lots and lots of pumpkins….

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…and a Halloween party to boot….

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In November, our newly acclaimed scout went on her first camp…

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And our newly acclaimed scientist became….well….a scientist….

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Plus a little person turned two….

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(with a cake lovingly made by his two oldest siblings..)

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And as always, we did baking, and cooking, of many sorts…

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In December, another little person had a birthday, turning five..

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And wished for a lego party…

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…’pin the head on the lego man’, and ‘build the tallest tower’ both proved popular games …

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We were also very proud to hear Leon play the piano in a concert of over one hundred people…

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And excited to have our first snow….

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…which later turned to more…

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..and then a full blown snow storm…!

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Also very excited to get our first fresh eggs…

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..which (also) later, turned to more…

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Alfie attended his very first ‘Nobel Prize Dinner’…

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….and did us proud as one of the three kings in the nativity…

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December brought the baking of saffron buns…

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…the gingerbread house…

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…gingerbread cookies (‘pepparkaka’)…

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…and coloured Christmas cookies….

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Of course we had Christmas crafts…

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…the wonderful Christmas tree…

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..and this year, Maya and her friend Ludvig set up their own Christmas market..!

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We had the annual visit from Father Christmas (‘Jul Tomten’ round these parts..)…

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(Ted’s not sure …and appears to have been eating some form of chocolate…?!)

This year was doubly good because we had Mormor and Patu here from England!

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And thus enjoyed an English Christmas dinner….

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(including the magical burning of the Christmas pudding..!)

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And so our last days of this year were spent enjoying our grandparents before they went back to England, ringing in the New Year with our neighborhood friends, playing many board games, and dare I say it, nursing colds, coughs and sneezes!

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I hope you all had a great last six months – and have a fabulous 2013, filled with love and peace…

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