On Safari (In Denmark)

We spent four days in Denmark – two in Legoland, one at an indoor adventure swimming pool, and one on safari. Yes – safari in Denmark…..and excellent it was too…

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This was a great opportunity for the kids to experience these animals close up, without cages – and especially exciting for Alfie and Ted, who have only read about some of these animals in story books, but never seen them in real life. πŸ™‚
Of course, we also took advantage of the fun play park…

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….and I treated them to their first ever ‘slush puppy’…

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πŸ™‚

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Finally – Legoland!

Legoland was everything you could hope for! We all had a fantastic time! πŸ™‚

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There was so much to see and do – impossible to capture it all! Not many pictures of the older kids – they’re now old enough to go off on rides together without us! I think Richard spent much of his time with Ted, and I with Alfie – hence rather more pictures of little A! πŸ˜‰

The Drive To Denmark…

We have just come back from Denmark, after a long awaited trip to Legoland!

We drove 11 hours across Sweden…

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…before crossing the sea to Denmark on the 20 minute ferry…

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On the way we stopped at ‘Brahehus’, castle ruins from a dower house, built in the mid 17th Century….

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…where we had lunch, Ted and Alfie amused themselves in a car, and we treated the kids to a ‘polka gris’ each…

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…before arriving at our ‘hutt’ (chalet), just half an hours drive from Legoland…

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Legoland awaits.. πŸ™‚

Midsummer’s Morning Breakfast

On the fabulous blog of ‘Twig and Toadstool’ I was inspired to make a midsummer’s cake…

(For which, of course, someone had to lick the bowl…!)

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Two sponge cakes were needed (the deep yellow comes from our chicken’s eggs!)…

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One cake was cut in to triangles to make the sun’s rays, and I used yellow coloured, lemon flavoured, icing sugar for the middle, and yellow coloured sugar for the rays…

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…fresh strawberries for decoration…

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…and fresh flowers too…

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All ready for a midsummer’s morning breakfast…

Midsummer 2014

Midsummer this year was spent in nearby Norrby Holme – an extremely nice local midsummer celebration.

The weather was against us (around 12 degrees C !) but fortunately it didn’t rain…

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Maya and I collected lots of wild flowers for the ‘maj stΓ₯ng’ (midsummer pole), and then the preparation for the pole got started…

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I can honestly say, it was the most beautiful pole I’ve ever seen..

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Of course there was lots of dancing round the pole (this was the only picture I could take, being in the middle of the inside ring, and totally committed to the dance!)…

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…and afterwards there were lots of games to play, such as sack races, darts, the chocolate wheel, rifle target shooting, the fishing pool, and the pancake eating contest….

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….and popcorn to eat..

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…and time to play…

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….before heading over to dinner at our friends who live by the lake…

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Happy Midsummer everyone! The kids are going to be tired tomorrow – we weren’t home until 11pm – and the sun still hadn’t got down! πŸ˜‰

The Butterfly House In Haga Park

Yesterday we went on a wonderful trip to the butterfly house, in Haga park (the Royal family’s ‘garden’).

It was so very nice!

Alfie took his bike to practise..

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He and I observed the beautiful lupins…

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…before we entered the house…

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There were other creatures there among the butterflies, such as fish, tortoise, frogs, bugs, and birds..

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Set in a gorgeous ‘rainforest’ type environment, it wasn’t long before we spotted some huge cocoons..

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…and some slightly smaller ones lined up on sticks….

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This was amazing – you could literally see the butterflies coming out of the cocoons before your eyes – even Ted was able to grasp this concept, after many hours of reading the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’!
And of course, many many butterflies, flying all around us…

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Afterwards we had a long look at the amazing new shark tank, where Leon and I listened to a talk, while the others got lunch ready…

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..and after lunch, a long walk in Haga park, past the copper tents…

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..and on our way…

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Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery around this time – but not before I could take a photo of each and every one of my gorgeous brood… ! πŸ˜‰
Leon…

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Maya…

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Alfie…

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..and Ted…

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A wonderful day ! πŸ™‚

Rescuing The Animals From The ‘Sea’ ! ;)

Ted is certainly one who likes to move around – and move THINGS around – a lot. So it’s nice, on the odd occasion, to find something with a little ‘staying power’…..;)
And that’s water of course!

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An assortment of tools, and a big paddling pool…

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However, it was the wild sea animals that kept him amused…

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Throwing them in to the pool..

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…and fishing them out with a net…

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…before leaving them out to dry…

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Ted saw this as a serious mission – rescuing the sea animals, and then setting them all out in the sun – seeing the water drops slowly disappear was a simple science observation, while fishing them out was a gross motor skill being practised… πŸ˜‰

An Invitation To Play And Explore, With Seeds…

I had a small box of assorted seeds in packets, years old and out of date, which I had been saving. I thought it was time to use them….so (a few weeks a go), I set out an invitation to play and explore, for Ted…

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He showed immediate interest…

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Experimentation with a magnifying glass…

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….exploring seeds…

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…so many seeds…

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..time to plant them…

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…and water them…

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I wonder if any of them will grow? πŸ˜‰

The First Day Of Summer 2014

Unfortunately the weather is not on our side – but it doesn’t spoil the fun – there’s always a laugh in baking…

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..and for the little boys?
Science experiment ‘mixtures’..

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…and finger-painting…..

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And what was my big boy doing during this time? Why, cleaning the bathroom of course! Bless him! πŸ˜‰