Diwali

One of the things I love about home ed is that you can learn alongside your child.  It is good for them to see that you don’t know everything and that sometimes you need to learn at the same time as they do and research together.  As I am not particularly religious I don’t tend to know much about different religions so this year I am setting out to change this. I am going to learn about some of the major festivals of different religions at the same time as the girls. This week we have learned about Diwali.

Diwali is a 5 day festival and on each day different activities take place. In photographic and caption summary here are the first 3 days, the days we have focussed on with the girls. What a lot of fun we have had.

DAY 1

We practised using stencils and rangoli powder to make rangoli patterns. It was too windy to do outside so we practised on paper instead. 

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DAY 2

We decorated diva lamps we had made a couple of days before. 

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Made our rangoli patterns outside our front door. 

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We found this to be a tricky business as it was still quite windy and our stencils kept bouncing about. 

We selected some flowers at the shops to use to make a table decoration on day 3. 

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We tried to make Burfi (an Indian sweet). Our first attempt didn’t work out well as it was too hard and tasted too much of cardamom, but never give in at a first attempt. View it as a chance to learn and improve and if it is still rubbish after a few attempts don’t become a chef! We will have another go soon.

Beanster made the cardamom powder.  

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Beanster made the mixture. Only half the sugar went on the cooker! 

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The finished mixture tasted lovely. Setting seemed to intensify the cardamom however. Maybe half the amount next time.

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Mama and i finished the evening sampling proper Indian sweets from these guys. Would recommend. 

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DAY 3 

This is the day that most Hindus and Sikhs  celebrate Diwali with family and they have lots of lovely food.

We dressed for the occasion, well Beanster did and Moo chose her own unique outfit!

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Curry cooking away.

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Table decoration made.

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Food enjoyed, whilst listening to Indian music. 

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Playing with Glowsticks before bed.

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Tonight we read more of Gobbolino,  Mr Uppity  (will the Mr Men obsession ever end for Moo) and Elmer.

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A day in town eating!

After gymnastics the girls and I headed into town as we needed Velcro to fix Beanster’s shoes and winter leggings for Beanster. Yo sushi also had an offer on and as Beanster loves yo sushi it was too good a chance to miss. 

We parked the car at the park and ride and got the tram in. After we’d picked up what we needed we headed for sushi. Moo had never had it before and tucked in with gusto.

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Beanster loves watching the people in the kitchen and taking her food off the conveyor belt.

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After that we went to hotel chocolat for hot chocolate. The girls had theirs with a straw and I had chilli hot chocolate with chocolate whipped cream. 

We’re now having a play in the gardens before getting the tram to swimming. 

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…….

Birthday party and snakes in the grass

Yesterday was Grandpa’s birthday but as Mama was working we had his party today. The girls had worked hard to make him some presents. Moo made him a hand painted clock and Beanster drew a picture consisting of her hand, turned into a face, surrounded by swirls. It was very unusual but so very Beanster.

After watching Grandpa open his gifts, the girls then ran about in bubbles until lunch.

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Lunch was a yummy buffet

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And a party is not complete without cake!

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There was much excitement throughout the afternoon and play opportunities a plenty

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When we got home I found some mini chalkboards so turned them into wee signs for the bird cafe. Beanster turned hers into rugs and pillows for a holiday house. Moo had a nap.

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Later on Beanster went outside to play in the front garden. She made a pretend picnic for her dolls using whatever she found round about her for food and then decided to create some natural art. This picture she has called ‘Snakes in the Grass’.

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There was some mud kitchen chef play. The chef’s special for the day was Aiaro! 

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After tea we headed to the woody park to add more food to the bird cafe. The girls took their bike and scooter and we practised road safety on the way.
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We added our things to the bird cafe, Beanster made friends with a wee boy L and Moo played train drivers and made pretend food.

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On the way home Moo and I talked about shadows and identified things we could see around us.

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Yip, another great day in the lives of Beanster and Moo.