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?

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Day 1 camping, Comrie Croft

Today we took off to Comrie Croft Campsite, Perthshire, with home ed friends for a spot of weekend camping. Moo was a bit anxious and clingy whilst I packed the car, but eventually we headed off.

Beanster helped to hammer in tent pegs.

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Nonsense happened on the ground sheet

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and under the tent…..

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Sookyman became attached to Beanster’s face.

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I took some photos of our campsite.

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Moo got settled right on in.

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And we all enjoyed eating dinner in the tent as it peed down outside.

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Moo played with cars.

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and made herself at home in the communal area.

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Beanster made plenty new friends and they played with lego, at babies, had wheelbarrow races, fixed the water tap, ran around and decorated their faces.

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Beanster was excited to see bats on her trip to the loo before bed.
It is now almost 11pm and the girls have just headed to bed. Beanster has crashed out but Moo is still trying to party in her sleeping bag! Life is never dull with Beanster and Moo!

Geomag obsession

So today has mostly been about Geomags. As soon as they were up the girls had the box out and were constructing. They have made bunting and play parks, garages and racetracks, stunts and chutes, bouncy castles and diggers and some very imaginative play has occurred.

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In other news from today we checked out our bird cafe to see if it was being used and needing replenished. We discovered 2 of our bird cakes had been fully eaten and the third was finished off as we played in the park! More food cakes will be made this evening and hung out tomorrow.

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Beanster practised drawing, with her teeth!

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Moo made some soup and cake

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There was a lot of splashing in puddles

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We watched a Studio Ghibli film, ‘Arietty’.
And Beanster practised being a warrior in the rain.

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