This current heatwave in NE Scotland is really unusual for us. It’s knocked the minxes’ sleeping patterns for six. They’re not sleeping well, so they’re not getting enough running around in during the day, so they’re not sleeping well, and round we go in a vicious circle. I decided to do something about that!
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The early spring half-term week off school can be a bit of an anticlimax - you start off full of good intentions to get out and about whether it’s foggy, rainy, icy or snowy, but it soon gets tricky to persuade the smalls to get out and about when it’s just the same old scenery you’ve visited lots of times before and at least one of them is just a little bit too poorly to go exploring much further afield.
''Shield bugs and conkers. Earthworms and autumn, these are a few of our favourite things…''
Whenever we’re planning our weekend adventures, we tend to always forget all the fantastic things we have right on our doorstop. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate the lovely scenery in our village, we do, we really are spoilt for choice for our daily dog walks. But whilst we get out every day locally, a hurried walk before you dash off to work or to an after-school club isn’t quite the same as really taking the time to explore is it?
Well, it is New Zealand after all!
Cooking, mud, water and tools – a perfect messy play weekend!
This is a fantastic thing to do especially as the autumn weather is coming in.
All week we’d been hearing horror stories about the impending “Beast from the East” and on the Wednesday we finally awoke to snow. We were all a little bit disappointed to be honest. Whilst it was lovely to have some snow it wasn’t quite the amount we’d been expecting. Don’t get me wrong we were just being greedy, there was plenty for sledging but nothing befitting the red alert we had. Well we shouldn’t have worried the Beast from the East had more it store for us -much more!
At our previous house, we were very fortunate in that the immediate area was very safe for small children, and this made it relatively easy for James to practice riding his bike. We are not so lucky in our present house, but we tend to use the tandems for getting around, and there isn’t any great need for the boys to be able to ride their solo bikes.
One thing I always used to love doing as a child was growing sunflowers. It seems I’m not the only one as Little Brother was given a ‘Grow Your Own Sunflowers’ kit for his birthday. It came with some ‘special’ sunflower seeds, a measuring tape, and a little watering can.
With a summer like this (think rain, think cold!) any warm(ish) day with a bit of sun becomes a special event. Which makes it even more frustrating if it coincides with a day where venturing any distance from home isn't an option.