Pumpkins!

On the look out for pumpkins…

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Classic tales about pumpkins….

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Carving pumpkins…..

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Pumpkins in the kitchen….

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….and a homemade pumpkin patch….

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Welcome To Our Halloween Cafe!

What’s cooking?
Fried pumpkins, spider and snake stew and skull soup (later we had bone casserole too..)…

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Choose from a variety of drinks – why not try ‘witches brew’?…

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Of perhaps you just fancy being whipped up a spooky shaped cookie..?

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Watch out for the ghosts…..

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….or for snakes in the food…

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Many a great soup will be made here…

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….including pumpkin of course…

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…let’s hope you survive our Halloween Cafe…!

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A Halloween Treasure Hunt At The Castle

Up at the castle on Saturday there was a ‘Halloween treasure hunt’. Halloween is a relatively new ‘celebration’ in Sweden, so it’s exciting to see more and more Halloween experiences popping up here and there…
It started with receiving the treasure map in the castle grounds…

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The lady told us to follow the map and look out for ‘Halloweeny objects’ – and there we would find a letter. When we had collected all the letters we had to sort them to make a word – and find the treasure. In the above picture Alfie is telling the lady he’s already found one – the pumpkin on her table!
Then there was the searching to do – in and around the castle grounds…

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Can you see the letters?
Still the searching continued outside in the gardens – which were stunning due to all the autumn leaves….

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We discovered our last clue under a witches hat…

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….in the garden shop next to the castle…

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Time to sort the letters and find out the word…

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….which was ‘SPINDEL’ (spider), and thus allowed the kids to ‘fish’ from the Halloween ‘fiskdamm’ (fishing pond)…

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Simple but fun…

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‘Dem Bones!

Halloween celebrations are taking off in the home now..
Play-dough is a big hit with both Alfie and Ted, so what better colour for Halloween than black…

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…plus cut up white straws and cotton buds (think bones)…and Halloween shaped sequins…

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…and this is what happened…

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Plus out came the magnetic skeleton…

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And then there was the drink of bones (hot chocolate and marshmallows)…

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….and the Halloween cookies with three different colours of cookie dough (plus skeletons of course!)….

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…and a green ghost to boot!

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The Last Scout Camp Of The Autumn

It might be the last overnight camp of this autumn – the frost covers the ground every morning now, and the temperature at that time is in the minuses.
The camp started with a meeting at the scout hut (and a makeshift see-saw for some)…

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…before we set off on our hike through the forest….

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On the way we found mushrooms…

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…and there would be no crossing the bridge until each one of us could point out where we were on the map….

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When we got to our destination, the ‘vindskydd’ (wind-protector)….

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….we first had a talk about the nature of the surrounding area….

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…before testing out our newly learnt knowledge on how to cook using a ‘storm kΓΆk’….

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Each patrol group cooked alone, with minimal help from a scout leader – and each group managed it just fine!

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Then there was the grilling of sausages over the open fire…

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…some playing in the forest…..

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…and a little rock climbing…..

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…before heading back to the scout hut (having picked many more mushrooms on the way)….

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In the evening we enjoyed some games, and the cooking – and eating – of our delicious finds….

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Plus no Saturday could be without a handful of sweeties (which bears and dolls were not excluded from)….

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…before settling in to our sleeping bags for a long nights sleep in the scout hut!
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A Sensory Box For Teddy

It’s always exciting taking out “the Halloween box” – all my kids are crazy about Halloween – even Teddy, who doesn’t really know what it is….

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So it seemed only too fair to set up a Halloween sensory box for him….

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…though feeding the skeletons and pumpkins with the lentils (“cookies”) was the way to go….
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A Garland Of Ghosts

Lately we’re all about ghosts. Rather sweet ones it seems.
Maya, who’s presently fond of any type of handicraft, decided to finger-knit a garland for some hanging ghosts.

Once the garland was made, it was just to attach the ghosts – each one carefully made from a scrap of white fabric…

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(and you can see her flying ghost has joined the fun..!)

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The Flying Ghosts!

In typical Maya fashion, she came up with a something original, and something that moves….
….’The Flying Ghost’……
She asked me for some old white socks, and the next thing I knew was that we had some cute and cuddly ghosts…

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The socks were filled with pillow stuffing, tied with string, and faces drawn on. Here is Alfie modelling his – which he has since taken to bed every night – however, unbeknown to me, Maya had other ideas….

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….a ghost on a zip line…….

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….or two ghosts…..!
And yes, they really fly….!
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Raising Money For ‘Save The Children’

A couple of weeks a go Maya and her friend Filippa starting a baking session. Apple pie, chocolate cake, chocolate shortbread, coconut cake, chocolate balls, sponge cake, etc, have been baked on and off for the past two weeks, and put in the freezer, until yesterday.

Signs have been written, laminated and put up around the local area..

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Yesterday, Maya, Filippa and Wilma set up their stall outside the football pitch where a match was about to start.

We left them to it. A couple of hours later we came back…

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After three hours the girls had made 660kr for ‘Varlden’s Barn’ (Save The Children).
Proud? Yes we are!
Satisfied customers?
I think so!

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Plus they got to have a ride home in the trailer…!

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(And Alfie got to practise his bike riding skills…)

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