Our Weekend

Our days are always full of fun and variety and this weekend has been no different. Here is a photographic summary of the highlights.

SATURDAY

Doing knitting with Mama. It required LOTS of concentration. 

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Facepainting (badly by me) and roleplay. 

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Making a jigsaw. 

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Making and eating a Mexican tea with our friends Stacey and Lyall. We are making and trying food from different parts of the world this week and tonight it was Mexico.

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Posing for Lyall’s camera

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SUNDAY

Learning to draw Rangoli patterns for Diwali next week. We will work on understanding the colour symmetry next with Beanster. Moo turned hers into an abstract art piece.

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Moo drew a picture of her family.

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Harvesting, weeding, flying an improvised carrier bag kite and making a bench at the allotment. Beanster was very proud of the seat she made.

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Having rides in the wheelbarrow.

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Observing a mouse which Moo found. 

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Looking at and discussing the results of our bread mould experiment from HE club. In this experiment you had to touch bread slices  with unwashed hands then washed hands and ziplock bag the pieces of bread. After a few days we were to look for mould growth :

Moo’s piece of bread touched AFTER she washed  her hands. 

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Moo’s piece of bread BEFORE she washed her hands.

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Beanster’s piece of bread BEFORE she washed her hands. She forgot to do a clean hand version.  She said, ‘Hmmmm I think my hands are maybe the germiest.’ Yeah I think she could be right.

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Helping prepare the dinner. Tonights food from around the world was an English roast dinner using allotment veg. 

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Doing some of our Okido Arts and Science magazine. 

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Talking about her work with Mama before bed.

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Tonight our bedtime stories were Mr Fussy, Gobbolino and an animal poetry book. Both girls were later spotted reading books in bed with their torches. 

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Birds & veg 

Today we took advantage of a nice day and headed down to the woody park to to up the bird café that mummy and the girls set up. Mummy and Beanster had made some new fat cake and mummy rigged up some take away boxes to hang in the trees. 

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There was much climbing and swinging too.

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After the park we headed up to the much neglected allotment. This year has once again confirmed we are good at growing squash and pumpkin. The sweet corn is the biggest we’ve ever managed but an investigation of one corn cob confirmed it’s not ripe yet. 

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We dug up the rest of the potatoes and brought home rhubarb, a spaghetti squash,  a couple of marrows, a wee pumpkin, some beetroot and a few peas and broad beans. 

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There are also a couple of big pumpkins that are starting to ripen so we might have home grown Halloween pumpkins this year. 

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Fish & Food 

We asked Beanster last month about things she’d like to do or places she’d like to go this year. One of these was Deep Sea World so, armed with a discount voucher from the internet, that was today’s place to go. Beanster & Moo both love Deep Sea World and it’s interesting to see how differently they approach it as they get older. They both still like to travel at speed from thing to thing but Beanster is now stopping long enough to notice things and ask questions. The conveyor belt through the tunnel was broken today, (it was last time too), but that wasn’t a bad thing as Moo would probably have injured herself getting on and off at the speed she was going!

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Moo enjoyed looking at the Dory & Nemo fish

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Beanster was good at spotting the frogs 

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And mummy loves a shark

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and enjoyed a go in this machine which she could move up and down to aim at targets. Moo is scared of such things so gave it a wide berth

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Beanster is very interested in what she calls “basket sharks” so she liked this display

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There was an additional display in the car park, (possibly there for the summer), about woodland creatures and Beanster did more brave speaking to people and asked to go up and show the woman working there her picture. It seems knowing she doesn’t have to is helping her be braver.  They also put on a puppet show!

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Ater Deep Sea World a quick trip to the allotment to check weed and veg growth although for the girls it mostly involved playing with their friend H and playing on the woodchip! 

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After tea Beanster & I headed along to the spar to buy stamps for her birthday invitations and Cars 3 stickers for their sticker book. Beanster is getting very good at crossing the road and is doing it mostly independently. Extra bravery points in the spar for asking for the stamps then queuing again to ask for her stickers!

A show, a birthday and some vegetables

This morning we were heading to the Edinburgh Festival with the girls to see one of our favourite singers, Nick Cope. He writes fabulous songs for children and he is funny too. If you have never heard of him you should do a quick google/youtube search. Our ultimate favourite song is ‘The baby’s done a poo’.

Here we are waiting at the front of the queue to get in.

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In our seats right at the front.

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The man himself.

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Beanster was a bit afraid that she was going to have to get up on stage.

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Moo was a bit sleepy.

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Audience participation (Beanster didn’t get up on the stage)

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He was absolutely brilliant and we bought one of his CDs at the end to add to our collection.

We then went and got a bit of lunch and had it sitting on giant pillows in a park.

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Beanster wanted her photo taken on top of a wall.

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And then we had a play before heading back to the car.

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It was granny’s birthday so we headed to her house to give her presents…

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and cake….

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Moo chose the cake and candles and was very happy when she got her slice.

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Later on the girls played in the garden.

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Back at home they opened up their own cafe and ice cream parlour and Beanster wrote the menu.

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Beanster and Mama headed out to the Library after tea to log Beanster’s last book for her Summer Reading Challenge. She will miss the award ceremony as we are away on holiday but when she gets back she has to go to the Library to receive her medal and certificate. Whilst Beanster was away Moo played in our Fairy Garden and made tea for an imaginary Auntie Alice.

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For an hour or so before bed Moo and I headed to the allotment to attend to some of our veg and Beanster and Mama went to check out a possible venue for her birthday party in a few weeks. Moo was very excited to see that we have got some corn cobs growing. This is the furthest we have ever got when growing corn on the cob. Scotland is usually too wet for us to have any success, maybe this is our year to taste one!

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We also have spaghetti squash, pumpkins, butternut squash, courgettes (on the verge of becoming marrows), cabbage, onions, beetroot, cauliflowers, kale and potatoes growing nicely too. There are other things in too but they haven’t come on much yet.

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Oh, Beanster gave the local venue a thumbs up so now party planning begins…….

Back to the 80s 

Today, learning more History.

 We headed out to Summerlee Industrial Museum with some home ed friends.

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 This Museum is absolutely wonderful. It is full of old industrial equipment, machinery and other artefacts from days gone by. There are houses set up as they would be from different decades, an old tram to ride on and a mine you can take a tour down. We specifically went to see the ‘back to the 80s’ exhibition which was set up by our friend Mark Nixon. Not surprisingly the exhibition was great and took me right back to my childhood. Beanster enjoyed dressing up with her friends in 80s clothing and as TV characters. 

This old dentist chair Beanster found fascinating.

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Back to the 80s

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The 1980’s house.

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The 1960’s house.

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The 1940’s house.

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The wash house.

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The old sweet shop.

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In the 1840s house one of the museum staff spoke to the kids about what life was like. They used some kitchen equipment and learned how people used to wash. Nobody liked the smell of the soap!

We all loved the tram, especially wee F, who was with us.

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Beanster had brought her Barbie doll along wearing a 1980s wedding dress which once belonged to my Sindy doll.

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The kids played for well over an hour in the gardens behind the houses. An intricate game of foxes was developed between Beanster, P, A and A and other museum visitors were astounded at the level of imagination they were demonstrating. It was just a typical level of imagination from our weans. Moo and F enjoyed watching the trams, climbing around the water fountain and having cuddles. 

Later on Moo had fun watching out the tram window and kept her eye on the driver.

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Then she finished off our trip driving a train.

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I had promised Beanster we would meet up with her other friend H at the allotment so after Summerlee that is where we went. We met Mama there who took a sleeping Moo home whilst Beanster played pretend camping and made potions with H and I did a bit of work. Veggies are starting to grow. Beanster and H practised their negotiating skills…..loudly!

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And of course a trip to the allotment is not complete without some wood chip climbing.

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Life is fun for Beanster and Moo.

All day outside, various locations

This morning we went for a walk around Linlithgow Loch, West Lothian, with Granny. Granny identified various wildflowers and we looked for different animals. Some animals we spotted were cabbage white and painted lady butterflies, damsel flies, moths, beetles, coots, swans, minnows, bumble and honey bees, hornets and ladybirds. We found Nettles, Sticky Willy, Rosebay Willowherb, Common Hogweed, Daisy, Ragwort and Foxglove.

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We came across an information board summarising the history of the Loch. Beanster was particularly interested to learn that the two islands on the Loch (Cormorant and the Rickle) are actually artificial and are the remains of crannogs (timber round houses, sitting on wooden pilings, driven into the Loch thousands of years ago).

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After lunch we headed to home ed club so the girls could see their friends to chat and play. I failed to take photos there today.

On the way home we stopped off at the allotment to check up on our vegetables, give them a water and to let the girls see their friend H. We also discussed what we could see in the wildflower mini meadow. H and Beanster practised their sword fighting skills, played superheroes, climbed and worked together on mini challenges they set themselves.

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As we left the big pile of wood chip just had to be climbed on. First by Beanster

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Then by Moo

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And finally H joined them.

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We love the outdoors! What better place to learn. The world is our classroom!

Garden Life

The girls have spent a large part of the day enjoying playing and learning in the garden.

Dollies relaxed with soup and drinks on the picnic scarf.

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We checked how our wildflowers were doing in one of our tubs and gave it a water.

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Beanster was impressed at herself as she managed her first proper scoop of sand flavoured ice cream.

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Moo was very pleased when she managed to walk over our improvised beam without falling off.

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The girls topped up our garden bird feeders (and ate a mealworm or 3).

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We were happy to see flowers appearing on our vegetable plants in our mini allotment.

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Beanster weeded the drive and used the weeds to remake parts of her natural art picture.

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Moo and I looked for insects in the flower tubs.

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Chalk drawings happened. 

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Other goings on, not in the garden, included listening to music, a trip to the Library and shops, bike practise for Beanster and a trip to the allotment to eat raspberries for Moo as I watered the vegetables.

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We love the Summer!