Day 3-Bakewell and an abandoned Treasure Trail

One of the things Mama and I like to do are Treasure Trails which you can  get for towns and cities up and down the country. You follow a trail around a town which has a crime or mystery as it’s theme, you solve clues along the way and eliminate suspects from a list until you are left with one. The name you then enter online to be in with a chance of winning a prize. They really help you get to know a place and enable you to find little interesting, hidden away nooks and crannies that you might have missed otherwise.

We had one for Bakewell, so we headed there all eager to get our detective hats on…Well…we were eager, the girls less so! After about clue 3 we abandoned the trail and headed to a fab park instead. The equipment had all manner of climbing challenges on it and the toddler climbing frame had different heights, surfaces and ways to get up and down which meant that Moo had to really think about how to get herself across. It had a great water section with jets of water that were timed to go off at different times and in different directions. The girls had a brilliant time chasing and running through the water and it certainly helped to shake off the grumps.

In the park we also spotted a stone in the grass which had written on it ‘Keep or hide, post online beverly rocks’. We picked it up and on the other side was painted a ladybird. It turns out that a woman had set up a project where she painted and hid rocks which she wanted people to find to cheer them up. You either re hide the stone after posting where you found it on the beverly rocks Facebook page or you make your own and hide it. We are going to keep this one and make our own to hide when we get home.

Bakewell is a lovely place, if a tad busy, with the beautiful River Wye running through it  We found bridges with padlocks locked onto them which people had dedicated to the ones they love. The river was full of Trout and we enjoyed spotting as many as we could.

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Back at the tent, the heavens opened so we did some craft, making monster and animal bookmarks.
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We also got out some magazines and read and Beanster followed instructions to make a Lego skateboarder and baking set.

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Chatsworth part 2

Heading to the gardens our first place to visit was the glasshouse where we looked for citrus fruit.

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We took a little walk up from the house and found the cascade. Each step is a different size and so made a different noise as you stepped up.

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Later we found a burned out tree which resembled a face.

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Moo investigated bits and pieces that she found beside a pond and she made a nest for her duck.

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We discovered a gorgeous rock garden .

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We went around the maze and eventually found the middle. It was a race. Mama and Moo versus Beanster and Mummy. Needless to say Mama and Moo won. Beanster and Mummy had very bad sense of direction!

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On our way back towards the house and the end of our visit we found a roofless concrete box with a little garden inside it. The box had holes in it for you to peep in.  There were mirrors inside so that the garden looked bigger than it was. Unfortunately we couldn’t get a photo of this, but the piece is available for sale!

A last look at the front of the house which was getting renovated before heading back to our tent. A great day was had by all.

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Day 2 Chatsworth Gardens, Farm and Adventure Playground

The weather was beautiful so we decided to have an outdoors day at the grounds around Chatsworth House.

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 We didn’t do the house itself as the grounds provided enough entertainment for a whole day. 
We headed for the Farm and Adventure Playground first as the girls needed to run and climb and they also wanted to look at the animals and learn about how the farm worked. We watched some little chicks, looked at different types of sheep feed, had a milk of a pretend cow and stroked a goat.

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The adventure playground was next to the farm. Gross motor skills were certainly developed here. There were all manner of opportunities for climbing, bouncing, jumping and sliding. Beanster loved the trampoline, especially when it was full of older children bouncing high and Moo did really well climbing up all the big kid’s equipment (she was determined to try it). There was also sand and water play area at the park. We do love a bit of water and sand.

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Before heading to the gardens the girls had to have a refreshing ice cream. ‘This is tasty’ declared Moo. 

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A sit on the tractor before heading to part 2 of our day, which will follow in another blog once we get more reception.

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Camping day 1

Heading to Derbyshire 

We stopped off at a services halfway down for some lunch.

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At the campsite Moo was a great help with tent pitching. Beanster had discovered a park at the site so had gone off to find someone to play with.

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Beanster conveniently came back after the tent was up and declared it to be teatime.

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There was a mobile woodfire pizza on site that day so we ordered a pizza and had a play whilst we waited for it.

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We ate our lovely pizzas in the tent.

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We then looked for shooting stars (Beanster saw one) before heading  to bed.

Best friend time

Beanster and Moo love spending time with one of their best friends, H. Today he and his mum came round for food and a play.

After much nonsense in the house and an indoors picnic we headed to the park (even though it was raining). We also replenished the bird cafe and found a sunflower growing under one of the bird feeders. Obviously one of our seeds had been dropped by a bird and was sprouting. We took our scooters so Moo got a little bit of practise on hers.

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Later on we tetris packed the car for our next camping trip.

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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!

Swimming, books and pizza

Today was day 3 of Beanster’s summer swim week with Mighty Swimmers She’s doing really well with Holly this week although she was shattered today after her very busy day yesterday (blog will be up once she’s told us all the details!). We’ve been taking her friend R with us the last 2 days to save 2 families driving from Linlithgow to Edinburgh so the pair of them have been enjoying a carry on in the car. 

After swimming we came home for some playing and lunch. Moo is working hard at learning to use the potty and is pretty successful providing she has no pants on! They had boiled egg for lunch at Beanster’s request and I think we can safely say Moo is over her egg allergy. 

We then took a trip to the library as Beanster is doing the summer reading challenge She got 2 stickers for her card and chose a character to put on the chart in the library window which she can move up to the next one as she reads more books. She can’t read by herself yet but reading with them still counts. They both chose new books today. Moo chose a noisy horse book with a button to push 

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and an Eric Carle book 

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Beanster chose yet another rainbow fairy book, a Scooby do comic book 

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and another book illustrated by Korky Paul 

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who is her favourite illustrator just now. Whilst we were out we popped into Far From The Madding Crowd to collect a book we’d ordered for Beanster’s friend M’s birthday and to choose her a card.

Once we were home Beanster wanted to play Reading Eggs and, with just a few reminders to listen and think before choosing an answer, managed to get her first certificate. She really enjoys the games and although I’m not sue phonics is necessarily going to work for her as long as she’s enjoying it she’ll keep playing. There followed some playing outside before coming in to make pizza. Steps demonstrated below by Moo! She added the obligatory capers once C got home from work and brought them 

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Then it was bath and bed with both girls crashed out within 5 minutes of their heads hitting the pillow!