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!

The rain doesn’t stop us

This morning banging was to be heard in our house. Beanster and Moo decided that bits of the house were broken and they were the ones to fix the problems! Beanster was the chief in charge and Moo was the apprentice, until Moo decided that she was quite capable of setting up on her own! Apparently you need to wear an RNLI helmet in order to be the boss.

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After everyone was breakfasted we headed to the allotment. We had literally just got there and the heavens opened. The rain didn’t stop us though. Mama and I tackled the weeds which were strangling our raspberry bushes, Beanster played with her friend H who was also there and Moo practised jumping out of the shed, ate some strawberries and sang in a very loud voice! She makes an excellent pigeon scarer. Moo also helped me to cut some rhubarb and bagged it for me and we watched some canal boats pass by.

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Later on we came home to dry out and everyone except Moo decided to put pyjamas on. For the rest of the afternoon we did some of the following things:

The girls did some Reading and Maths games

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We planted some sunflower seeds (very late, we know, but is our 2nd RSPB Wild Challenge)

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We made some banners to hang on our garden fence and to wrap on sticks to keep birds away from our mini allotment

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Moo made peg pictures

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I made roast dinner for us all

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Mama got out the Geomags and they investigated putting them together to make different 3D shapes, a play park(Moo), a telescope and rocket (Moo) and a stuntpark (Beanster). Mama taught the girls some basic principles of magnetism and showed them some magic you could do using opposite poles.

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