A Black Snowman

Our little artist painted a picture of a black snowman on a windy day….

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I love the black snowman. It reminds me of a shadow!
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Maya’s Homemade Blueberry Pie…

Just because she enjoyed this so much, and just because she was SO proud – I have to show you Maya’s finger-licking blueberry pie….

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Just a normal pastry made into a pie crust, filled with her own picked blueberries, sprinkled with sugar, a pastry topping – and both kiwi and icing sugar powder on the top!

Of course, (almost) every scrap was eaten!

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Our Yard Sale

On Sunday we had a ‘loppis’ (yard sale).
It was a last minute decision, but Richard, Leon and Maya pulled it altogether well!
Leon was in charge of sign painting…

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…and both kids helped to sort out and price the things…

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There was a lot of sitting and waiting for people to turn up…

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…some lying down too…

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Well, there weren’t many customers, and we didn’t sell much – but funnily enough, the kids had a great time!
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My Little Boy Started School Today…

My little boy started school today. ‘Fรถrskola klass’….’Kindergarten’… ‘Reception’. Officially no longer a preschooler….Though being a December born child, and only five and a half, he’s still a preschooler to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was a mixed day for me – sadness mixed with excitement mixed with curiosity mixed with relief…!

Alfie? He LOVED it!

Up early, he told me, “Ted can play in my room today if he wants”. He ate breakfast and got dressed in a flash – as we were getting ready to leave, he put on his rucksack, turned around, said “bye” and off he went!

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It takes fifteen minutes to walk to school. I think he ran. In fact he only stopped to pick flowers for the teacher on the way…

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His idea. And yes, he gave them to her! ๐Ÿ™‚

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He has two teachers. The one above is called ร…sa. He thought she said ‘ร…sna’, which means donkey in swedish!

He wasn’t shy. Not in the least. In fact he told me he’d made “nine” new friends. Though he couldn’t remember their names… ๐Ÿ™‚

It felt good to be leaving him here….

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…A beautiful welcoming tree, with painted faces of the other pupils in the school in the reception area..

An organised art space with paper and pencils, crayons and watercolours, glue and scissors, tissue paper and felt, beads and weaving boards…

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…a cupboard full of more beads, and lots and lots of embroidery thread and wool…

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…an easel, a box of pictures to cut, and some more beautiful art…

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…huge light windows, with shelves (many of which are not pictured) of plants, interesting pieces of bark, wooden bowls of interesting stones and a beautiful sailing boat…

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I loved the fact that they had a cosy room, with books and beanbags…

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…and a calm and inviting ‘home corner’…

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Inside it felt spacious and simple. I liked the use of natural objects and the flowing materials.

Outside the children have a forest to get lost in, rocks to climb, tree stumps to balance on, sand to play in, cable reels to roll, wooden stilts to walk on, ropes to imagine with and scooters to ride. Did I mention the pinecones, the sticks, the interesting stones, the blueberries in the forest?

So far, so good.
Let’s hope it’s as good as it looks!

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A Day Out With The Big Kids!

Yesterday I took Leon and Maya to ‘Grรถna Lund’ – Sweden’s oldest funfair, which opened in 1883.

There are some aspects of the fair which still remain in old fashioned charm – though I’ll admit that my oldest two have now become a little bit accustomed to more modern thrill rides!

There are always interesting characters dressed up ….

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…and usually a queue or two – though we arrived as early as possible – so we were lucky…

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We started with the calmer rides…

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….progressing to a couple of the older rides…’lustiga huset’ (the funny house) and ‘kรคrleks tunneln’ (the love tunnel)…

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…and then to the wilder rides….the ‘Magic Carpet’…..

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….the ‘Twister’ (which mummy also rode!)…

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..and the beautiful giant swings…

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…among others….
Leon surpassed us in bravery by riding the world’s highest star flyer ‘The Eclipse’….

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…to be fair Maya was going to ride too, but I banned her from doing so! Having such a little body, I just had visions of her slipping out..!!!!!
We ended with the simple, but very funny house of mirrors..

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..before heading home..

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A fantastic day spent with the big kids!
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How Wonderful!

Time off school for kids is a wonderful thing. All those extended days of ‘nothing to do’ which gets turned in to creative new games and ideas.

Imagine my joy to discover not only my 5 and 9 year old making dens in the playroom – but my 12 year old too!

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Maya wanted me to show you how she unlocks the door….

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…and I want to show you the horse in his stable….

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How lovely that the kids had this time together – especially for Leon – to revisit this kind of play!
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Local Nature Walk : Blueberries!

We just have one last week left of summer holidays. Leon and Maya are back from scout camp, and I have all four home with me, with no immediate plans.
Leon was with a friend and Richard was at work – the rest of us decided to take a nature walk in the local area. Imagine our surprise when just ten minutes walk away, in the forest behind Alfie’s soon to be school, we found masses and masses of fat round blueberries!

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How lucky we are!
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A ‘ Stained Glass’ Flower Window

We have so many beautiful flowers in our garden right now. We decided to try some ‘stained glass flower art’ (from the artful parent blog).

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We went on a hunt for different petals, leaves, and the occasional flower head…

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When we had a selection we liked, we simply stuck them on to some sticky backed plastic…

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…and put them up in a window….

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Beautiful!
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