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.

Summer Reading Challenge

Moo started a Lightning McQueen jigsaw this morning but she started to get into difficulties so Beanster came along to give a helping hand. They were very pleased with themselves when it was completed.

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We all headed out to the Library after breakfast so Beanster could get new books to complete her Summer Reading Challenge. She chose to go wearing odd shoes.

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She has now read 5 of the 6 books needed. She can’t read independently yet, but listening to lengthy stories or short novels and discussing them counts towards the challenge when you can’t yet read. Today she earned some stickers and a wristband for getting to book number 5 when she handed her record over for checking.

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Moo took a seat out for herself and looked at some books.

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Afterwards Beanster and Mama listened to some music being played by the Reed Band whilst Moo and I went to the local bakers to buy us all some lunch.

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On the way back Moo admired some hanging decorations and had a go on the swings.

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A bit of food perked the girls up enough to do some urban gymnastics.

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Listening to the Reed Band and also to  Mama playing the piano inspired Beanster to play her own music in the afternoon.

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In the evening the girls were full of nonsense, running around everywhere and playing all of the games. Beanster took herself back to the 80’s and wanted filmed jogging to help people to get fit.

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Tomorrow we are heading out camping so the rest of the evening was spent tetris packing. It was pitch black by the time we have finished.

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Wonder what wonders await us on the campsite?

Lightning McQueen!

After a morning game of Lotto we decided to surprise the girls and took them to the cinema to see Cars 3. This was Moo’s first trip to the cinema so we made sure she had some ice cream and popcorn to help her sit through a whole film.

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Both girls chose to dress up for the occasion, Beanster in her Anna dress and Moo in her rainbow dress. Within about 10 minutes both dresses were covered in chocolate ice cream!  Moo sat very well for most of the film. She only needed about 7 trips to the toilet! Beanster was her usual fidgety self but managed to pay close attention despite this. At the end of the film the girls danced around whilst the credits rolled.

Back at home Beanster asked to do some more Maths Seeds and Reading Eggs. Her initial sound knowledge, ability to count and to recognise number words are all coming on a treat and she enjoyed shouting out rhyming words at various points in the day. 

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Mama played a modified toddler friendly version of ‘Guess Who’ with Moo and she absolutely loved this. It allowed her to practise looking for and matching pictures and she is extremely good at this. 

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The girls and I headed out to the shops to buy what we needed for tea, but of course a trip to the shops always involves more than mere shopping. Our girls manage to investigate nature in the car park, improve their gross motor skills in the trolley area and Moo looked like she was reinacting a scene from ‘Titanic’….’On top of the world’

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As I made tea, Mama got out the scales and compare bears for the girls to investigate. It is always interesting to leave the girls with objects like these to see what they do with them. They started off weighing them, finding the lightest and heaviest. This didn’t last too long however as Moo wanted all the bears so an arguement developed. Beanster decided to give up and went back to her computer and Moo started putting the bears to bed then she did some jigsaws. We will get the bears and scales out again tomorrow to see if any further investigation takes place.

I wonder if any discoveries will he made.

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!