Party time

It was packing up time today and time to head home via cousin H’s birthday party.

First of all there was time for some drumming.

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And dishes needed washed so they could be packed away.

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At cousin H’s house there were plenty tapirs (her favourite animal).

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Plus a fabulous cake, well done Mummy J.

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Lots to eat and drink.

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And the girls played and played.

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We hardly saw Beanster as she was away playing dens and making pretend ice cream in the shop she set up with some other children. Moo enjoyed being their customer although she did need it explained to her that she wasn’t getting real ice cream!

Back at home the girls made their own birthday party for Beanster’s doll Isobel. She even made her own gift tag for the presents, but did manage to write her own name backwards on it. Isobel was very clever though and worked out who the present was from.

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A bath before bed was much needed as the weekend meant the girls were clarty! They are now in bed and sleeping in preparation for another fun filled day.

Day 3 Dundee Science CentreĀ 

A slightly less wet day was predicted but as we were heading to Dundee Science Centre it didn’t really matter what the weather was going to be like. 

First of all though domestic duties needed to be done. Beanster fetched more water so we could have cups of coffee.

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Then she made the lunch.

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At the science centre the main theme was Space. We watched a show about rockets where we learned that rockets are heavier up at the top than the bottom and that this combined with thrust pushing the rocket up and the pulling down of gravity is what helps the rocket get into space. Beanster then recreated this in a little rocket experiment with the help of her glamorous assistants Katherine and Lyall.

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Meanwhile Moo was learning about skeletons, cogs and practising weighing.

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One of Beanster’s favourite things to do is to go along the same journey a bogey takes as it is formed from the back of the mouth, up into the back of the nose and out through the nostrils. There is a large model children can climb into to do this.

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Soon both girls headed to the recreated moon landscape and did some investigating.

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I got into role of the chief astronaut on our mission. I was reluctant to give up my uniform.

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Moo really enjoyed constructing pulleys.

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One of the best interactive exhibits was the sandbox which you could construct different landscapes on. We spent a long time at this making contoured landscapes, volcanic landscapes and seabeds. Apologies if some videos are the wrong way round.

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Moo said, ‘ I have made a volcano with an ice cream’ 

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Back at camp we ate our last supper as we are heading back home tomorrow.

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After tea Beanster headed out to the woods with Katherine and Lyall and got up to nonsense.

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Moo and I played games, had a ride in our wagon, went to look for fallen apples and grasshoppers whilst Mama made a fire.

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When we got back the fire was looking grand.

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Beanster helped to keep the fire going when she returned from her walk.

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Moo and I headed for bed and left the others chatting by the fire.

Tomorrow we head home via cousin H’s birthday party. I guess we had better have a shower before we leave eh! šŸ˜‰

Day 2 St Andrews

Beanster had me up at 6.50 this morning and before anyone else awoke she did some colouring…

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…and we played a game of farmer lotto….

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….and she played with her story cubes.

When Moo awoke she helped to make her own breakfast.

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Beanster let Lyall do her hair then she settled down for her breakfast.

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Before we headed out for the day we used some charcoal that last night’s fire had made to do some drawings.

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We were off to St Andrews for a walk along the beach and a trip to the butterfly house in the Botanic Garden. 

We did the obligatory selfie before our stroll.

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Then we paddled in the water.
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We drew in the sand, looked at dead crabs and investigated the flowering plants that were growing in the sand.

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We even found some interesting caterpillars.

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Beanster managed to convince Lyall to give her a lift back to the car so we could head off to our next destination.

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The Botanic gardens at St Andrews is free the first Friday of the month which by happy coincidence was today. You pay a small fee to go into the special summer exhibition, the butterfly house but it was worth it to see the huge variety of butterflies flying around. 

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We didn’t spend too long in the rest of the garden as  the heavens opened and the rain was torrential, but it will definitely be a place to come back to soon. We decided to hang out in the education house and glasshouses until the rain slowed down and we could head back to the tent.

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Before leaving St Andrews though we just had to have some ice cream in the rain (typical Scottish summer delight). 

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Back at the tent, Mama did a good job of entertaining the girls whilst I braved the rain and  cooked our tea outside. We then needed to eat our tea inside the tent. A slightly damp and soggy affair.

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After tea Moo played with the travel connect 4, building a castle with the bits and Mama taught Beanster how to play Uno.

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I then played shops with the girls. They used everything inside the tent which they sold at their pillow counters and imaginary till.

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Beanster then built a model of our home town before we headed to bed.

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Today the rain taught the girls how to be resilient, adaptable and creative. I think they did well. Don’t you?

Camping with friends

We started our morning with a game of monster dominoes. Moo was excellent at this game winning both games.

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Granny and Grandpa then took the girls for a couple of hours so I could do the final shopping and packing for our camping trip with Stacey, Lyall and Kateherine to Pillars Of Hercules, Fife. 

We arrived at the site and it was warm with some sunshine. This was a big improvement to the torrential rain we had earlier.

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The girls helped to pitch the tent.

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We enjoyed our first tea, veggie chilli, made by Stacey. Yum!

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We were visited by wildlife.

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And investigated the tunnels left by others. Here we are looking at mole tunnels.

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Beanster had a dip in the burn.

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We had a run about and looked at all the flowering plants around the site.

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Beanster, Moo and I went to find fallen apples. We may make these into something tomorrow. We didn’t take any from the trees.

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Our site has solar panels on it. Good for the girls to see up close.

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Later on we sat around the campfire. Tortilla chips make excellent firestarters

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The moon is now up so we are heading to bed. See you tomorrow folks.

Rock climbing and mud!

Our girls are at their happiest when outdoors and today’s outdoors featured rocks and mud…..lots of rocks and lots of squelchy mud.

Both girls were quite ratty this morning so I decided to share their bad moods with Granny and Grandpa (aren’t I lovely) before going to meet friends at Townhill Woods. We headed out after breakfast and the girls had a play, a chat and Beanster watched a film with Grandpa. After some yummy lunch……

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…..we headed out to Fife.

It took us a while to find our friends in the woods but once we did the girls took no time changing from their shoes into wellies and Beanster had some fun at the swampy pond.

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Moo found a big muddy patch and would quite happily have stayed in it all day.

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Her sister had gone off with her friends and when we eventually caught up with them this is where she was found. (spot the pink dot)

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She spent most of the rest of the time up and down this rocky hill, gathering rocks in  her boots and having a wonderful time.

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Our friend Eilidh caught her expression brilliantly in this photo when we tipped the rocks out of her boots. Beanster thought it was hilarious.

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And this was the state of her feet.

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And where was Moo all this time?….She was eating her weight in wild raspberries which she had found on our travels.

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Before we headed off Beanster and her friend P investigated another hill and went cricket hunting.

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And Moo found another muddy puddle.

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At home we had good old Scottish mince and tatties for tea then played some lotto games before the grubby ones had a bath to get rid of the day’s grime.

Life is fun (and dirty) when you are Beanster and Moo!

A busy weekend

We have had a very busy weekend with lots of variety and fun. We thought we would condense the highlights into one (rather large) blog post.

Saturday

I was at an outdoor education training session with Mike Brady and Jess from Under the Trees learning about tracks and trails. It was fabulous. Some of the best bits included practising tree identification and learning which leaves were edible, being taught how to identify which creatures had been around from looking at their poo/food remains, investigating different types of insects by looking under log piles/shaking trees and bushes onto a white sheet and looking for evidence of animal homes.

Whilst I was at training the girls and Mama were going to their friend M’s birthday party. This was being held at the same time as her street’s annual garden party. Before going, Moo did some playing whilst Beanster earned a Maths Seeds certificate for 2D shape work and counting and recognising numbers and words up to 8.

Then it was time to get all dressed up. They were raring to go.

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The party fun included a BBQ, sumo suits, art and crafts and an egg drop. The egg drop involved designing packaging to go around an egg which was then dropped from a high height. If the egg survived intact then a small prize was won. Unfortunately Beanster’s did not survive but she had fun making the packaging. She said she thought it failed because she didn’t include enough sellotape in her design. Here is a photo of how long the drop was. Wow! It is a wonder anyone’s survived.

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In the evening Mama and I were at a wedding reception for one of Mama’s work colleagues. The bride was very beautiful, the groom very handsome, the cake gorgeous and yummy and the burrito buffet fabulous. The girls slept over at Grandma and Grandad’s. This was Moo’s first independent sleepover. She did brilliantly. Well done Moo.

Sunday.

Mama, Beanster and Moo headed out to Craigie Farm for breakfast. I had a headache so didn’t go. They had some food then got up to nonsense in the park with cousin H, who was also there. Moo enjoyed playing on the bouncers and the tractor and Beanster headed for the chute and basket swing.

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Afterwards we headed to an LGBT celebration in Edinburgh and thankfully my head was feeling better.

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Moo got stuck right into some rainbow cake as Beanster drew a picture for the LGBT family wall.

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The girls then had a go of the lucky dip and won socks, a toy snake and some Lego cards.

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Whilst Beanster headed to the craft area to decorate a tote bag and make a flying unicorn, a ball and to get a temporary unicorn tattoo, Moo and Mama listened to the music and took selfies.

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After a bit of dancing the girls had some lunch and Mama chatted to someone she had not seen in about 20 years.

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We played some games, Beanster got some glitter face paint and posed in front of the love ball.

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On the way out we just had to stop by the photo booth for some photos. Moo was not for dressing up but Beanster enjoyed choosing her accessories and posing for the camera.

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Beanster declared it to be one of the best afternoons ever and dictated her response for the feedback wall.

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We were not quite ready to go home so we headed to a park we had never visited before, Victoria Park. It is certainly one we will go back to. The girls had a fun hour and I saw a chute I had never seen before, the roller chute.

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We headed home, had tea then Mama taught Beanster how to rewire a plug.

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The girls refilled the bird feeders and played in the garden until bedtime.

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Another colourful, rainbow filled weekend in the lives of Beanster and Moo!

My day out with Lyall &Katherine

Guest post by Beanster! Dictated by Beanster & typed by Mama. 
I went on a train to Edinburgh with Lyall & Katherine. 

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When we were there we went for sushi. I had salmon sushi and noodles. 

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Then we went to look at some art at the art gallery. 

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Next to the art gallery we saw some huge bubbles. A man with bubble sticks was making them. 

After the bubbles we went for ice cream and then we sat down and ate the ice cream.

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And then I rolled down the hill and runned down the hill. 

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Then we went to check if the big wheel was ok to go on but it was too expensive. Then we walked a very long way down a very big hill and I went to the charity shops. I bought a purse and a mouse and a dress and a necklace and an Elsa book. Then we walked up the very big hill again. Lyall and Katherine carried me up the hill.

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I stopped for a break at a cafe to have a croissant. 

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When we got to the art gallery again I had a shot of the bubbles. 

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And then we went to the train station and then got on the train and then we did some colouring. That was it all that I did with Lyall and Katherine. It was a fablius day.