It’s A Terrible Thing The Pecking Order…

It’s very hard when a family pet dies. Even harder when you fear the pet has been ‘pecked to death’. Our experience of hens is limited, and we weren’t expecting this.

We chose not to tell the kids how we think she died, instead telling them she may have been ill.

We found her this morning, lying still on the floor of the hen house…

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Named ‘Mimbo’ by Leon, the smallest of our hens, didn’t deserve to die such a terrible death.
Richard, Alfie and I buried her this morning while Ted was still sleeping, and Leon and Maya were still at scout camp.
Alfie picked some flowers and put them with her in the grave…

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Then Alfie drew a picture of her, complete with ants to eat, and a rainbow.

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We laminated it, and tied it to the painted cross we made from sticks….

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…which we set next to the squirrel’s, in our ‘animal graveyard’…..
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Melted Bead Sun Catchers

Alfie loves to do, what in Sweden we call ‘pΓ€rlplattor’. Bead plates.

He just LOVES them!

We went on a mission yesterday to buy some see through beads, because in one of my favourite blogs ‘The Artful Parent’, we read how to make bead sun catchers.

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Instead of putting the beads in a muffin tin and melting them in the oven, however, we decided to make the design on the bead plate…

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….and iron them…

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When the design is finished you need to lay a piece of waxed paper (in our case baking paper) over the top of the bead plate with design, and gently iron over the wax paper round and round. When done, gently peel off the beads – they should be melted together slightly (and can be quite hot to touch). If the beads start to come off, simply put back and iron a little more. We used ‘cotton’ temperature on our iron.
They certainly brighten up a window when the sun shines through…

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It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me!

” I think I’m getting in to pirates now” Alfie stated the other day.

Well, when the big kids are living up the pirate life at scout camp, why not have a little ‘pirate camp’ at home?

Alfie and his friend Joshua spent a day making treasure maps, hiding treasure, playing with play mobil pirates, listening to pirate music… and of course, BEING pirates….

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“Aaaaaaaaarrrgggghhhh!”
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Scout Camp Update

Ted and I went to visit Leon at scout camp the other day. What a wonderful place….

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Leon was taken up doing various activities – finding himself around an obstacle course blindfolded with radio control directions…

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…swimming at the lake, and cooking dinner for his group. We barely had time to talk! ;()
He seemed to be having a great time…and a few days later it was time for Maya to go…

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She was very excited (and woke at 5am!), dressing for the part (it’s a pirate theme this year). Her first scout camp. Three nights away. Longest ever.

A parent of a friend of hers who was visiting yesterday sent us this photo…

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We know she’s doing just fine! And today they come home! πŸ™‚

Teddy’s Dino Land

When we were in England we visited a museum where there were, among many other things, dinosaurs. These dinosaurs both frightened and intrigued him, and he has since been heard to ask “where the dinosaurs gone?”.

He pulled out the box of dinosaurs the other day and asked to play with them – so I decided to make him a dinosaur world…

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There was lots of growling and facial expressions. It’s serious stuff role play….
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Mud Kitchen : Back In Action

Our mud cafe has been left relatively untouched so far this summer. With so much time away and on trips, we’ve barely had time to notice it.
But yesterday it was back in action….

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A lovely place to hang out…

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(…and the sunflower is our first of the season, so I thought I would include it for that summery effect!)
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Berry Picking At Grandma’s

Blueberries are in abundance in Sweden – but in farmor’s garden we have more than your average ‘berry’….
…..gooseberries….

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(or ‘gozzberries’ as Leon thought they were called! πŸ™‚ )
….black currants….

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…..red currants….

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….and cherries….

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So the kids got straight to work ‘clearing’ her bushes….

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A couple of hours was spent picking fruit, and when we came home yesterday the kids (with Richard) made both fresh fruit juice and fresh jam…

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A Rustic Kind Of Play Park!

Way up on a hill, overlooking Stockholm, lies a play park. It’s not a fancy one by any means, but it’s slightly more unusual than your average play park…

….with bears and blueberries…

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….mirrors and walkways and stepping stones….

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…sculptures of trolls….

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…unusual climbing ‘frames’ and towers…

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….plus swings of course…

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However, Maya, being Maya, and being super creative, and one who likes to think outside the box, decided to make her own entertainment. She built a house from junk…

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….with tables and chairs…

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…and even a stage (with microphone of course!)….

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It’s always worth exploring a new play park! πŸ™‚