Saturday, 18 April 2015

Stepping into Narnia

sandstone crag Hawkstone Park We entered Narnia at Hawkstone Park and Follies in Shropshire. A steep walk around sandstone crags and through gullies. And it truly is Narnia as this is where they filmed part of the 80's TV version of The Chronicles of Narnia. I was just a little bit spellbound with the magical feeling here.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Home educating is better with cake

It is no surprise that I have a son who loves cake.
From the first ever piece......
cake face the parties from age 1-5.
And for all those occasions in between.
Or just because it makes us happy.

Just because it is a rainy day and we can't go out to play
Or the day has started badly.
I quickly grab some cake and Toby and I have a little party.
Cake CollageDuring the holidays, well it's all the same to us as we home educate so our holidays are whenever we choose but we do love a slice (or two) of cake whilst we learn and play at home.

In fact, cake motivates my son when he's struggling. It cheers him up and puts a smile on his face. I love the process, it is pure magic - eggs from my father's chickens, flour, sugar, butter and a dash of vanilla. Warm cake shortly after with crunchy edges and a soft, crumb texture. I have the art perfected, rustic of course but delicious.

Cake baking is also part of our home education and the boy will be a great baker one day :)

We bake cupcakes and then take them on our day trips for we venture out a lot, so a tin full of treats is always there ready. Over Easter we had chocolate egg cakes and ate them in castles and parks. Through tantrums and tears and our tired cross moments, cake made it all better.
summer cake
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

April Allotment

allotment archway Recent sunny days and a willingness to get outside have led to some action of the potato planting kind at the plot. With pink gloves and a smile I've been tending to the soil,  digging it over, raking and planting rows of potatoes and broad beans.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Love Padlocks

On a recent outing I came across love padlocks on a bridge and I wondered how this trend started......

Porthill Bridge, Shrewsbury

Bridges all over the world from the Rialto Bridge in Venice to Pont des Arts in Paris and local bridges such as the one I encountered in Shrewsbury are becoming decorated in this new trend.  I have seen the padlocks for sale as special items all over the web. A cute idea, one which is quirky and appealed to first....but now I am not so sure.