Thursday, 23 February 2012

Planning Ahead

We moved here last October, we had outgrown our old house.  Our new garden is much larger (and flatter) than the one we had before but it needs some work.  Last night we had someone round to give us a quote for a new patio.  I am so excited, by mid April we should have a nine metre by four metre patio for the children to play on.  We like to play outside all year round but sometimes the grass just gets far too soggy.

Last weekend I cleared the flower bed in the front garden.  On Wednesday we visited the garden centre in Burton Latimer to buy plants.  The children each chose a Primrose which they planted today.

Our free seed potatoes from the British Potato Council have arrived, we'll plant those in March.  We're going to have a go at growing tomatoes in a planter on the patio.  I fancy trying to grow pumpkins, has anyone tried?  I've read they take up a lot of ground space.  The children would love to be able to carve home grown pumpkins at Halloween.  I'm not sure my green fingers are up to the challenge!

 Long term I would love to have a sheltered/undercover area outside too. I'll have to start saving!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Hearts and Crafts

I've been very slack at posting on here.  I  put little snippets of information on my Facebook page often so perhaps I can be excused.

This week is half term and was of course, Valentine's Day.  Our activities have been based around heart shapes and red/pink colours.

We made some heart shaped decorations. The older children were able to do their own while the younger ones needed help to cut out shapes. These were then arranged inside a laminator pouch.  The one above was made by a fourteen month old.  He had great fun playing peek-a-boo with it afterwards! 

Jammy biscuits, the recipe for these was posted earlier in the blog.  Rather than roll the dough into a sausage/slice into biscuits, we rolled it out and used a heart shaped cutter.  They were delicious.