RSPB Old Moor

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Apr 082016
 

We went to visit my family up in Doncaster over the easter hols. My bigger nephews were’t interested in an outdoor adventure away from their screens so my sister and I took the small ones to RSPB Old Moor.

We’ve not visited any of the RSPB reserves before so this was quite exciting. We only managed to walk around half of the reserve before the small people started complaining and we had to head off for lunch back at our parents. If it had been a warmer day we’d have taken a picnic! There was a nice play area too.

It was lovely and so peaceful. Hard to believe that over the hedge was the motorway!

Although it was cold we still had a go at pond dipping. We didn’t find much – still too early in the year but it was good fun, the girls always enjoy pond dipping! We’ll definitely be checking out our local reserves as the weather warms up.

Apr 052016
 

Here’s one I forgot to tell you about. In the middle of March we went to visit Grampy and Grandma for the weekend. While there we had the opportunity to help plant some trees. The girls loved it. They got to use real, full sized spades and forks (I was a little scared when they started swinging them around!) but there were no injuries and we helped plant 5 trees!

At base camp for the event there was some wood carving which is going to be used as signage by the trees. The kids were encouraged to pencil a design and the carve it out, again with real tools!

H loved it and asked if there was anywhere near where we live that should could do it again!

Apr 012016
 

We’ve been up to lots of exciting things over the Easter holidays. Easter weekend we had family visiting and so decided to go on a bit of an adventure in Birmingham and visited the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The museum is owned by Birmingham city council and a little hidden gem in the city. It is built around the old Smith and Pepper factory. Upstairs there’s a walk through the history of jewellery making and lots of shiny things that kept the girls interested.

<original stamps used to cut shapes from the gold>

Downstairs is the perfectly preserved factory. After the owner retired in the 80′s there was no family to take on the running of the business so everything has been left as it was on that last day. A little time capsule!

<fly press, dangerous pieces of kit if you’re not watching your fingers!>

WE were given a guided tour of the factory and told the history of the Smith and Pepper family and the daily ins and outs of the running of the business, as well as the gossip!

<polishing machines>

We were given demonstrations on how some of the equipment worked and how the jewellery would have been made. The factory operated on a wholesale order basis of nothing less than a gross!

<tea making/electroplating room>

There was a small lack in health and safety!

<loot>

The girls were so good on the tour (their interest did start to flag towards the end) that they got some loot from the factory. A fly pressed scotty dog and stamped heads. It really was interesting!

A lost tooth!

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Mar 292016
 

Smallest lost her first tooth easter weekend. One minute it was there and next time we looked at her she had a gapping hole!

We had to write a letter to the tooth fairy explaining the situation. Luckily our particular tooth fairy is very understanding. She also didn’t mind coming back the very next night when she had spent the whole day wobbling the one next to it to get it to come out, the rascal!!! I’m now sad that our little baby is growing up and already loosing her teeth :(

Easter

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Mar 272016
 

 

As promised, we have egg painting pictures!!

I fancied having a go at painting some pretty flowers on some eggs so I got my paint brushes out too!

 

I rather like them! And as I’ve had a delivery of other wooden shapes I thought I’d make a nice mum heart while I was at it!

Not to be out-done, Mrs Chicken wanted in on the egg action!

Happy easter folks!

 

We managed a bit of a craft night recently. Nothing too tricky for me to prepare! We painted wooden eggs!

 

Aren’t they great!? The kids have some to do too so I’ll keep you posted!

Easter Hat!

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Mar 232016
 

We’ve gone non-traditional with this years Easter hat and back in evolutionary times! smallest was very pleased with it and got rather excited about using the glue gun!

Sorry!

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Mar 222016
 

Hello all,

This is an apology for not having blogged this year. A genuine apology with a legitimate excuse and all. At the start of the year I woke up in agony as a result of a slipped disk in my neck. I find sitting at my sewing machine particularly uncomfortable so there hasn’t been an awful lot of stuff going on to report. I’m having physio and making slow progress but crafting and making has taken a bit of a back seat so far this year. Anything I have done has mainly been with the girls!

A quick catch-up…..

Star wars

 

Birmingham museum

 

A 5th birthday

Someone started rainbows!

 

World book day.

And some junk modelling!

 

 

 

 

With the easter holidays fast approaching its time to think about something to keep those small people out of trouble. Luckily the lovely folk over at Yellow Moon have sent us a box of exciting easter goodies to give a whirl. Here’s what was in our box…

Easter dotty art, Easter colour in gift boxes, 4 part paint pad,

Mini Glitter eggs, shredded tissue.

spring basket kits, bunny mix and match, and wooden easter shapes.

 

The girls got stuck straight in with the gift boxes and dotty art.

The mix and match bunnies were a huge hit and now adorn smallest’s wardrobe!

 

The mini glittery eggs and shredded tissue were used for a top secret project with smallest…shhh….!

we still have a few things to try out but I can definitely say this box of goodies got the girls seal of approval.

This box of goodies was sent to use for review purposes by Yellow Moon. All opinion are those of the small people and myself. To grab your own box of goodies head on over to the yellow moon page and place your order. They always have lots of fantastic deals going on so do sign up for their newsletter too!

Dec 022015
 

We received another fab box of stuff from Yellow Moon to review – this time it was a festive box of goodies!

In our box was: Festive foam glasses, Reindeer gift bag kits, Star mosaic wand kits and a Christmas paper pack.

Penguin sewing decoration kits, some fun festive toys and Santa felt stickers.

 

We took our box of goodies to a friends house. The kids loved everything and wanted to do it all in one afternoon. Lucky for us the weather was rubbish so we managed to get through quite a lot! The kids ages are 6, 5, 4 and 3.

They LOVED the festive foam glasses and did a fab job making them with minimal help needed from the grown-ups.

The Reindeer gift bags went down well and look awesome!

The star mosaic wands kept them busy for a little longer and once made there was a lot of turning people into frogs! The fun toys have also been thoroughly tested by all and we made a few Christmas cards, which I’ll post picture of once they’ve been posted out to family, using the festive paper and cool Santa felt stickers. The kids loved sticking the little faces on the bodies they had drawn!

We’ve still got the penguins to make ready for when the tree goes up next week.

All items were sent to us by Yellow Moon for review purposes. Opinions are my own (well, and the 6, 5,4 and 3 year olds this time!).

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