Alfie’s Weekend Away

Eight months ago one of Alfie’s best friends, Joshua, moved away – something that upset Alfie, a friend he has missed so much.

I had promised him, that come the summer, we could take a train trip and visit him for a weekend – and so we did!

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The one and a half hour train trip in itself was very exciting! We passed the time learning about the continents – something Alfie is presently very interested in…

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The two friends still got on very well..

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…sharing their humour and love of lego…

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..and lots of outdoor fun was had!

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A tortoise and some llamas were the source of much interest…

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…as was the world’s largest Dala horse…

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And so, a tired, but very contented six year old and I made our way home on the train…

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…until next time! 🙂

Outdoor Survival Mission

Leon decided it was important to take only five items for the overnight camp – after much discussion it was decided that the five items be :
Sleeping bag
Tent
Camping Stove
Soup
Matches
I pointed out that water was missing – but Leon pointed out that they could get water from the outside tap.

Essentially the idea was to accomplish outdoor survival for 12 hours….

They set up the tent..

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..and so the evening began…

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…with communal cooking of the soup..

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…picking and collecting of the salad…

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…and eating, of course…

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Well, Alfie didn’t quite make it through the night, but of course Leon and Maya did – though early morning didn’t really go as planned… Maya woke at 4.30am, and couldn’t go back to sleep due to hunger….
Lessons learned ;
1) Don’t skimp on food
2) Don’t put the tent up next to the road
“Probably easier to do it alone next time”, said Leon ‘Grylls’ … 😉

Sun Fun!

It’s been so incredibly hot here – I think we’ve been swimming almost every day…
…what better a time than to try out a few sun experiments…
…chocolate in bananas baking in the sun…?

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…or perhaps observing if a chocolate chip, a lump of butter or a slice of cheese would melt..?

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Perhaps grilling some marshmallows through a magnifying glass..?

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…or making sun prints…?

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..Or making sun tea…?

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…ready for a ‘sun tea-party..’…

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🙂

Our First Teenager!

It’s been over a week since we came back from our wonderful holiday in France – and I have so many lovely photos to share, that I just can’t decide which…hence my lack of recent post! 🙂

So I just wanted to pop in to wish my lovely boy a happy 13th birthday!

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The presents await, and so does the chair…

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And a very appreciative teenager wakes up..

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Of course, as always, there had to be some lego there…but this year, the best present must have been the bow and arrow…

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Most of the morning was spent practising, and a friend came after lunch, to join the family for the lemon cheesecake, with the path of thirteen candles, wished for by the teenager…

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And just before dinner time, Leon, Maya and two of Leon’s close friends, went off to ‘Sushi Stugan’ (the Sushi Cottage), for a grown-up meal alone, before coming home to watch ‘The Hobbit 2’. A fantastic time was had by all!

Happy 13th Birthday Leon! We look forward to the teen years! 🙂

This last week (28th June – 6th July)

We’ve been busy this week.
Grandad came to stay….

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…as did ‘cousin’ Arun….

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The weather was not fantastic at the beginning of the week, so we went to the Technical Museum. Leon and Arun spent most of their time exploring on their own, so Grandad and I were with Alfie and Ted…

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Ted thoroughly enjoyed the light table. It would be amazing to be able to make one!
Maya, our amazing Maya, did a theatre camp all week. It was her first experience of organised theatre, and it was hard going – all day, every day, with some evenings to boot! She was tired, but she enjoyed it and even made some new friends – and at the end of the week we got to see not one, but two performances of ‘The Brothers Lionheart’ by Astrid Lindgren…

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The boy with the hat is Maya’s old childhood friend Ludvig, who she did the camp with. In the last picture they’re being given roses by the camp leaders. 🙂
This week Alfie (our entomologist) continued his study of bugs. Having moved on from snails and dung beetles, woodlice and ants have taken their place…

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We were very excited too, to see that the caterpillars that we found in the tree had turned in to small butterflies…

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Of course, as the weather got better, there’s been beach trips…

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..grilling sausages on an open fire…

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….tree house climbing….

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…collecting of the ripe strawberries in the garden….

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…the up keep of the butterfly and bee garden (no butterflies seen yet, but lots of bees!)….

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…and a little mud kitchen play…..

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….plus the mowing of the lawn too! 😉

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Yesterday Grandad and Arun went home, and today we leave for ten days in France, where we’ll be staying in the summer house of Mormor (english grandmother) and Patu. ☀️
See you soon! 😉