Thursday, 13 December 2007

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Elf house's

Making an elf house for two little friends just "found" in the woods. He used sticks, moss and leaves to make a comfortable home in a tree stump.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

role play

Taking the register with his animals, role playing his new experiences at school!

Sunday, 7 October 2007

the big knit 2007

I am busy knitting tiny bobble hats to go on Innocent drinks so that they can raise money for age concern - http://innocentdrinks.typepad.com/innocent_drinks/

Monday, 1 October 2007

a very happy birthday indeed!

My husband bought me a lomo for my birthday after I was inspired by the great photos taken by Kat Heyes here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kat4fred/. It's very hard using a film again after being digital for so long, but it does build the excitment about how the pictures are going to turn out and stop the perfectionist in me taking soooooo many pictures just to 'get it right'!

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

roman snail shell


This is a Roman snail shell that sits on our kitchen windowsill, isn't it beautiful? Find out more about this amazing species...

Friday, 14 September 2007

hot air balloons hanging like baubles in the sky


early in the morning they rose up the valley, very quiet until overhead and then you heard the flames being released.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Thursday, 30 August 2007

lets go fly a kite...

Flying Jenny's kite on bank holiday Monday, the simple things in life are always the best!

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Thursday, 16 August 2007

cant wait to meet Prudence!


We have just booked our 2008 summer holiday (already!) a road trip in Prudence, a VW camper van (picture above) with snail trail http://www.snailtrail.co.uk/.

Monday, 13 August 2007

did you see last night?


The famous Perseid meteor shower which has been observed for about 2000 years, with the first known information on these meteors coming from the Far East. The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between August 8 and 14, peaking about August 12. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. To experience the shower in its full, one should observe in the dark of a clear moonless night, from a point far outside any large cities, where stars are not dimmed by light pollution. The Perseids have a broad peak, so the shower is visible for several nights. On any given night, activity starts slowly in the evening but picks up by 11 p.m., when the radiant gets reasonably high in the sky. The meteor rate increases steadily through the night as the radiant rises higher, peaking just before the sky starts to get light, roughly 1½ to 2 hours before sunrise.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

very happy campers...

Pictured above is a very happy four year old camper with homemade bow and arrow and feather headdress in the Forest of Dean. Below are two even more happy campers eating chocolate and courgette muffins!


Recipe for yummy chocolate and courgette muffins...

Preparation 15 minutes. Cooking 35 minutes

All sorts of good things can be tucked into a batch of muffins, in this case, dark chocolate and cherries for flavour and courgettes for a light, moist texture. Improvise muffin cases with 15cm x 15cm squares of baking parchment.

Makes 12 muffins: 170g good dark chocolate, about 70% cocoa solids 200g plain white flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 110g caster sugar finely grated zest of 1 orange 100g dried cherries, roughly chopped 225g courgettes, finely grated 2 medium eggs 175ml mild olive oil or sunflower oil

1 Heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan oven) gas mark 4 and line the cups of a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases or squares of non-stick baking parchment.
2 Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of hot water, stirring until smooth with a spatula that can later be used to scrape every last drop of chocolate into the muffin mixture. Keep warm.
3 Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Mix in the caster sugar, orange zest and dried cherries, followed by the grated courgettes.
4 In a bowl or blender, whisk together the eggs and oil. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients, followed by the warm, melted chocolate.
5 Divide the mixture between the prepared muffin cases and bake for about 35 minutes or until they are well risen and a skewer inserted gently into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
6 Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

rain, rain go away...

Cowboy's Alfie, Paul and Toby

we were meant to be going camping for Alfie's 4th birthday, but because of the floods we had to stay at home :( so we all went for a cowboys and indian's cook out instead! (in between showers!)


All the children had homemade Indian headdresses made from ribbons and feathers that we had been collecting for months and they all had Indian names such as running bear, sitting bull and howling wolf.

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Confiture de Caramel

mmmmmmmm delicious on top of hot pancakes and banana...
it must be love x x x x x

Sunday, 24 June 2007

recipe for stargazey pie

Traditionally stargazey pie is made with mackerel and eaten in Mousehole, Cornwall on Tom Bawcocks Eve, 23rd December each year. To celebrate when fisherman Tom Bawcock went out in a storm to save the village from stavation in the 16th Century. This is our favourite fish pie recipe (pinched from our friend Kate) made with pastry fishes instead of mash on top!

ingredients

chunky salmon fillets
chunky cod fillets
smaller amount of smoked haddock
fresh double cream
carrots (diced)
spinach
eggs
shortcrust pastry

method

1. hard boil eggs, when cooked cut them in half. Boil and dice carrots

2. place all chunks of fish in pie dish and cover with ample amounts of cream

3. add spinach, eggs and diced carrots and lightly season

4. cover pie dish with pastry

5. make fish shapes out of pastry and poke their heads through the pastry crust so they can gaze at the stars!

6. serve with hot creamy mashed potato and peas!

Monday, 18 June 2007

Sun kissed and smiling

Portheras beach

A week is never long enough in Cornwall, this year we were introduced to some beautiful new beaches that we hadn't known about before...

We had a full English breakfast at the Beach Restaurant http://www.thebeachrestaurant.com/ whilst overlooking the sea. And we saw about six basking sharks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basking_shark off the beach at Portheras, as well as dolphins (in the distance) and some seals! We ate the most amazing huge carrot cake bought from Ferrell's bakery in Fore Street, St.Ives and walked to Men an Tol, Lanyon Quoit and the nine maidens pre-historic stones, the views were amazing, you could see the whole Penwith peninsular stretched out from high on the moors.

Alfie and Bella on Portheras beach!

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

games night



Our favourite games are battleships, articulate, scattegories and cranium.

Monday, 28 May 2007

cheese rolling


I grew up in the village of Brockworth, Gloucestershire with my bedroom window facing Coopers Hill, the venue of the annual cheese roll competition. Each year on May Bank Holiday we along with hundreds of people climbed the hill to make the annual pligrimage to the 1:2 hill and watch as fearless (and very drunk!) people threw themselves off the top to catch the 7lb Double Gloucester Cheese before it reached the bottom. I remember how boys and girls from my school would get drunk in the Flying Machine pub (now a housing estate) to give themselves dutch courage to take part in this coming of age ritual, many legs and arms, collar bones and ribs were broken, especially if it was a dry day and the ground was hard! Gloucester Rugby Team used to stand at the bottom of the hill and try and catch the runners before they ran out of space as they were running or falling too fast! I drove past the hill today, to show my three year old what was going on and there were thousands of people and cars parked for miles and miles! You always take for granted the things you were brought up with and I never think anything strange in people throwing themselves down this hill, but judging by the amount of spectators maybe it is quite unusual afterall?
http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/the_event.htm

Friday, 11 May 2007

bunny love


goodbye Archie bunny, we will miss you x x x

26th June 1999 - 11th May 2007

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

my new bell tent


loving my new bell tent! But it has been raining since it was delivered so yet to put it up, so the image isn't mine but taken from the website below, where I bought it!

Monday, 7 May 2007

weekend in Wales


This is Jenny and Alfie making a Welsh dragon to guard the fantastic sancastle they have just built on Llangrannog beach - one of our favourite beaches!

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

treehouse tales


The lilac tree that the treehouse is built around has flowered and is now going over already this year!

This is the stained glass window that I made to fit into the treehouse, with ammonites (fossils) in.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Happy 30th Birthday Jenny


Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Jenny,
Happy birthday to you x

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Monday, 9 April 2007

Easter egg hunt


We made nests using raffia and filled them with mini eggs and then hid them around the garden!

Friday, 6 April 2007

duck racing

The easter duck race that I organised on our local stream to raise money for our local playgroup

We raced 100 ducks - the rubber kind you find in your bath - merrily down the stream, getting stuck in all of the undergrowth as they went!

You can take part in the Great British Duck Race on 2nd September along the River Thames and choose to support Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust when you choose your duck...

http://www.thegreatbritishduckrace.co.uk/
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