Tuesday, 7 October 2014

It's been a while....

It's been a while since I blogged! Not because I didn't want to, had writer's block or anything like that. It's just been so busy that finding time was hard. We had a fantastic summer, the majority of which was spent outdoors. Climbing featured highly on the agenda, as did camping.

Here's a quick catch up in pictures....


Watching wildlife....

More climbing.....

Examining a millipede


We'd really like to build something like this in our garden.

Water play

...and back to climbing!

This was so fascinating up close, you could clearly see the hexagonal structure of each cell. Amazing!

We live in a beautiful part of the country, there are just so many nice places to visit. 

....and more climbing! 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Team Work

A lazy sunday spent wandering, or racing if you are 6, around our local National Trust property.
Can you spot the children? 

Friday, 14 February 2014

Things that make me smile...

The big boy's enthusiasm for drumming. He doesn't just enjoy it, he wholeheartedly adores it, and enthuses about it every Wednesday after school. It is so lovely to see his joy when he finds something that he really loves to do. It made me smile to see his first piece of 'music' brought home to practise.

Beautiful flowers always make me smile.

Recognition. It always makes me smile when one of my children's efforts are recognised. I love these bright and happy notes home.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking, reading, mulling things over.... Top of my list of books to get hold of is this one http://www.themagiconions.com/2014/01/waldorf-homeschool-handbook-discovering-waldorf.html#comment-39659  We like to take inspiration from lots of sources. I love the seasonal influence on the Steiner/Waldorf style, as well as the role of natural play, so am looking forward to learning more!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Advent Wreaths

My first attempt at making my own wreath!
This one was entirely free! A wire coat hanger some moss, holly and other evergreens collected at the weekend, and some string/wire from the shed! I think I need to tame it a little at the top on the right.

This one cost me the wire ring (50p) and a bag of moss from the garden centre (£4). I may add a ribbon, but I think I like it more natural looking. I used bits of Christmas tree, holly and other evergreens in this one.
Now for a cuppa then clear up the mess! Next year I think I am better tackling this job outside rather than in the kitchen!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

'Tis the Season to Make Chutney!

It's all about Autumn and anything Autumnal here! The air each morning is crisp, and it's a bit chilly on the school run. Not chilly enough for a coat, but not warm enough for just jumpers. This annoys The Big Boy, who would like it to be summer forever and just be in shorts/t-shirt.
We've been busying ourselves with the business of autumn: new term at school and settling in to the routine of trying to get to the park on the way home but having enough time to do reading and spellings; after school clubs, Beavers and weekend swimming lessons; trying to find a daytime routine which gets the jobs done but is also fun for me and Little Bear and just generally being back in the school term time groove of juggling so many things.
Speaking of the little one... the Mountain Goat phase has commenced!

As has the 'look at me I can take my trousers and nappy off by myself' phase! Hence the dungarees. He hasn't figured out there are poppers on the legs, yet! It will only be a matter of time, I'm sure!
The children are happier than I expected them to be now they are back at school. We had an amazing summer and neither was looking forward to going back, nor did I really want them to. They have settled in well though. My lovely Big Girl is happy to be in the squirrels group in her class, as Big Brother was a squirrel too it has made her super happy. She also came home with her first ever reading book last night, so we're super proud of her. Not everyone has one yet, and I didn't expect her to be in the first phase of children to be introduced to reading books, as she is one of the youngest children in the year. The Big Boy has settled amazingly well with a new teacher, and has also started Beavers. I'm doing lots of watching and bidding on ebay to try to get him the uniform as it's quite pricey! A wise friend also recommended buying a jumper size too big, so that he will grow into it next year, then out of it a little during his last Beaver year (but not so much that its really small), that way you'll never have to unstitch and re-sew the badges. Sounds like a top tip to me!
It's all about chutney this week. A lovely mummy at school left these next to my car the other day. She had briefly asked would I like some fruit from her trees. I was expecting 3 or 4 apples so was chuffed to bits with 2 boxes of cooking apples, discovery apples, pink apples, conference pears and some damsons. I shall be making this with the damsons and some of the apples:
I'll be searching for an apples and pear chutney recipe too, and have some blackberries in the freezer from a trip to the woods last week, so blackberry and apple jam and chutney will be bubbling away too.
The schools grounds are full of fruit trees... we have spotted pear, apple, quince and walnut. Its very tempting to pick them!
Sorry, a bit of a random post, but an autumnal one nonetheless. I think we shall spend the weekend collecting autumn treasures and doing autumn crafts, around swimming and dancing lessons!
Happy Autumn!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The last day of summer!

My favourite season used to be Autumn. The colours of the leaves, the treasures for the children to collect on walks in the woodland and the cooler weather were all things to look forward to. Now I only have one of my little ones left at home during the day, summer has definitely become our favourite time of year! It simply represents freedom for us, and we love to be wild and free.

We have had such an amazing summer. Awesome, The Boy says. It's been a long, hot summer and we have packed it with fun and freedom.

We have tried not to think of going back to school. I managed to get most of the things the children needed without having to take them with me or mention school. We sneaked a shoe trip in with buying casual shoes too.

I tried to think of something lovely to do with our Final Day of Freedom. It was a hot day, 29 degrees at 5pm as we drove home. A local nature reserve was the perfect place to enjoy the last day of our summer holidays.

Spotting the first signs of Autumn, tiny acorns on this Oak tree.

 The children loved the sculpture trail.
A cocoon in the trees.

Climbing has been number one on our list of 'favourite things to do' this summer.

Determination to complete the rope course.

It really was quite a challenge!

Paddling, who doesn't love paddling!

Little bear paddling!

Beanie played on this for ages!

More zip wire fun!

Balancing on the wobbly bridge.
We're looking forward to an autumnal return visit! It will be wonderful to see such a beautiful place change through the seasons.