Monday, 31 August 2015
We made some moss graffiti on this miserable bank holiday Monday. All you need to do is blend together some moss with buttermilk to a think gloopy consistency, then paint it on to your outdoor surface, keeping it moist with a water spray until the moss grows. I can't wait to see this writing come alive and grow on the boys' treehouse.
Thursday, 27 August 2015
I don't remember having such a rainy summer holidays as this year? We've been doing lots of crafty activities during the downpours and one of our favourites is making 'finish the picture' books. I've used some plain grey Moleskine's and stuck in pics from magazines. Then the idea is you finish the picture however you like! Just the fox above. It's great fun and makes a great present idea too.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Alfie made us some chocolate fondants last week, they were gooey, rich and delicious! Here's his recipe that was so easy.
100g caster sugar
150g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of plain flour
150g dark chocolate 70% cocoa
3 free-range egg yolks
3 whole free range eggs
- Grease 4/5 small moulds or glass pudding dishes
- Place a bowl over a pan of water and heat to a simmer
- Add the sugar, chocolate and butter into the bowl and stir until melted
- Remove from the heat
- Add the eggs and egg yolks and beat
- Fold in the flour
- Pour the mixture into the greased moulds and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
- Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- After they have chilled, remove from fridge and bake on a baking tray for 10 minutes
- Allow to rest and turn out
- Serve with double cream or ice-cream
Monday, 24 August 2015
I hate indoor soft play centres, I would put them all in Room 101 if I could, I'm sorry but I do. I think it's the noise that I can't stand, as they are always in big bunkers of buildings and the background noise just amplifies in the space. Anyway enough of my moaning as I've found one that has changed my opinion.
Freedog Urban Activity Centre is based on a trading estate in Swindon and is bang on the current free-running/parkour trend that my boys love and secretly I think is pretty amazing too (even if I wince every time they climb a wall!) It is basically a huge unit covered with trampolines and foam pits, with slam dunk and dodge ball courts too.
We were greeted by warm friendly staff who issued us with our pre-booked socks (you all wear the same non-slip socks) and showed us the lockers. We sat through a ten minute safety film about how to bounce without breaking your legs, arms or neck, no double bouncing or head first dives into the foam pits (we signed a waiver form too *gulp!*) The boys were then ready to free-run and practice their parkour somersaults in a safe environment.
The Freedog design is trendy with shipping containers and huge festoon lights used to divide the huge industrial unit, creating a snack shack, briefing area and check in/office areas. The coffee was perfect while I watched their capers and snacks included healthier options, my boys both enjoyed a tuna and salad wrap for £1, with slushy drink and ice cream of course!
It costs £10 for an hour of open bounce and in this wet weather was fully booked really quickly and socks cost £2 but you get to keep them for next time. So it's not the cheapest entertainment but is great for a range of ages, unfortunately Stanley is too young as you need to be 5 years old to participate.
I quite fancy a go myself but after watching the boys I'm not sure I could keep up for a whole hour but it would be great fun and good exercise.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Sunday, 16 August 2015
We visited The Goods Shed in Stroud on Saturday to try our hands at crazy golf.
Local architects Miller Howard had the most brilliant idea to get lots of local artists together (which can't of been hard as everyone that lives in Stroud is an artist of some kind or other) and designed an 18 hole indoor crazy golf course. The result is half crazy golf, half art installation and a 'hole' load of fun for all the family!
The 18 individual designed holes range from a ramp into a piano to a set of nostrils, it was so much fun and there was a bar and cafe with freshly brewed coffee and cake too. It was so imaginative and has inspired us as a family to make our own mini crazy golf course in the garden with some drainpipe and papier mache.
If you are in the area I would really recommend a visit, follow the signs to Stroud Railway Station, The Goods Shed is next to the station and the railway line and there is car parking right outside. It costs £3/adult and £2/child and is open everyday 10am - 4pm until the 6th September.
After a long and full time week at work it's the weekend and we're looking forward to some much needed rest to recharge our batteries and doing the following,
- Some lie in's or 'lions' as the little one calls them
- A trip to the Farmers' Market to buy flowers, fruit and veg.
- I have become slightly obsessed with Tin Tabernacles & might try and pursuede the boys to incorporate some corrugated iron on their treehouse.
- It's blackberry picking time which makes me ridiculously happy as I love blackberries!
- Am going to book a paddle boarding lesson - it's all the rage don't you know?
- We're going to do some moss graffiti
- Find wild carrot flowers growing - my favourite wild flower
- Love this idea to pin prick a photograph
- Listening to The Beatles Across the Universe over & over again
- Enjoy some outdoor swimming