Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My baby turned two!

And just like that the babe is two, where did the time go? Whilst I mourn the passing of another year, the birthday celebrations and joy that they bring makes me forget my own woes.

Little Stanley had a wonderful birthday, we made him a balloon curtain which he just loved and has played with all day. His present was a trailer to go on the back of his favourite land rover (that was his Christmas present) it's a Britain's Big Farm toy, which are really life like and not extortionate prices. The cows are a bit plasticky but we can use our lovely Schleich farm animals instead.

His birthday cake this year was a bit of a short cut, with Easter and two birthdays close together and realising that I'm not supermum and just can't stay up all night baking, I bought a cheap supermarket gâteaux and hid it with an army of rabbits that were discounted Easter choc. It was a bit too chocolaty, if you can believe that is possible but was cheap, quick and easy to make.

His lovely godmother and grandparents came for afternoon tea, nice and simple and surrounded by his favourite people, it was a lovely day. Now onto birthday number two this week!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A mini garden for Stanley's birthday

We've just finished making a mini garden for Stanley, who will soon be two, TWO!!! how did that happen so quickly? We copied the idea from a picture that we saw on Pinterest, where most of my ideas seem to originate these days! It was so easy to make, an ivy twig from the garden with tiny twig steps glued on with PVA glue. A tyre swing made with a Lego tyre, tied on with string and we made the treehouse platform from a few lolly sticks glued together. We planted the garden with moss, dill and corncockle plants that we'd grown from our Higgledy Seeds. Then added some small bunting sewn together from scraps and a tiny washing line too. We are planning to give it to our garden loving little babe for his second birthday with a set of mini tools so he can garden. I hope he likes it.

Wild woodland weekends

We went with our friends for a woodland walk this weekend in our favourite wood. Our adventure took us through a river and past banks of wild garlic, wood anemone and carpets of bluebells. I love English woodlands at this time of year especially when it's sunny too.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter egg tree

We finally finished this year's Easter tree made from a few twigs from our twisted hazel in the garden. We dyed the eggs using red cabbage and red onion skins but unlike success in previous years, this year they just didn't take despite doing everything the same. I still like how they've turned out and it's a fun family tradition that we look forward to and that we've done for years now.

We had a lovely day starting with an Easter egg hunt around the garden, quickly followed by eating as much chocolate as possible before breakfast. Grandma and Grandad visited for a delicious roast Sunday lunch. I wrapped a shoulder of lamb in wild garlic leaves, it was really good. Then with full bellies we played a family game of Scrabble and managed to finish before the babe stole any of the tiles.

Feeding time at the zoo

A glimpse of our breakfast table, what you can't see is the noise! One boy asking for seconds, daddy telling one of them to 'stop talking with your mouth full', another boy complaining that he hasn't got as many sausages as the other, it's constant and just how I imagined family life would be like. I love mealtimes, how they constantly tell me they're hungry and yet I have to shout five or six times to get them to wash their hands and sit at the table. It's noisy and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The real Easter bunny

I love the story of how the real Easter bunny is actually a hare. Years ago people would find nests with eggs in hidden in meadows and believe they belonged to hares, when in fact they belonged to ground nesting birds such as lapwings (also known as peewits). So the original Easter bunny leaving Easter eggs, was in fact the hare and now the eggs are more likely to be chocolate! To celebrate the humble hare, I've made some biscuit hares and some Easter nests with some moss from the garden and mini eggs for our Easter table tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Pottering about

We discovered The Village Pottery in Clifton Village, Bristol today. The little man wanted to have a go on a potters wheel for his birthday, so instead of a party he chose to take two friends for a pottery session. The pottery shop was lovely, with floor to ceiling shelves packed with gorgeous mugs, plates and bowls handmade by Jen and in the studio next door just enough space for the boys to each take a turn on the wheel and make other clay creations, whilst I enjoyed a latte. The boys loved it and Jen was so patient and good with them, we've left our creations for her to glaze and fire before collecting our works of art in a few weeks time. 
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