Saturday, 28 February 2015

February in the woods

There aren't many pictures from our first session and I spent most of the time in my carrier. It was definitely what I needed that day. :-)
1. Plenty of sunshine in Oxleas Wood this morning! We were walking slowly through brambles and muddy paths though there was a lot less mud than last week. A hollow tree was discovered and explored from the inside. An intriguing, wooden animal was spotted by our base. We were lucky enough to capture it on camera. What will we see in the woods next Friday? 

2. No drop of rain but it was a little windy this morning. Trees were hugged, twigs were shaken and logs were stroked. A special stick was carried during the walk to our camp. Water and leaves were found in a hole at the bottom of a tree. Leaves were great to lie on! On the way back, we were looking for a crocodile that hid in a stream. We might find it next time maybe?

3. It felt much warmer than the weather forecast’s 7 degrees so a couple of hats went off straightaway of course. The walk to the camp took us through some muddy leaves and huge puddles so we were holding hands at times to support each other. Little heads were turning where parakeets were squawking between tall trees. Logs were climbed and walked under, which was accompanied by a lot of joy and laughter. A game of peek-a-boo was played behind a tree. A baby girl fell onto a leafy carpet. Oh, and no crocodile again. Will you join us next Friday? 

4. It’s been our warmest session so far! Lots of mud squelching underfoot on our way to the camp. A piece of bark was picked up and studied and a worm was spotted on the ground. We listened to the sound a dry oak leaf makes when torn over and over again. A hazel tree with catkins galore and tiny pink flowers as well as buttercups underneath captured our attention for ages. Lying in the grass in the sunshine was a must.

When did you last go to the woods?

The best child-friendly cafe

We are very lucky as just round the corner from our place there is the best child-friendly cafe. It's not even advertised as a child-friendly place but the staff there understand child development and let us get away with a lot. They let us explore, learn and have fun!
See what I mean? :-)
What's more, after leaving the cafe, we are always ready for more exploration.

Painting with toothpaste

Hi everyone, I know I haven't been here for a while. Planning to do lots of catching up in the next few days. Here we go.
Lately, I have been discovering the joys of painting on paper and on my own body. 
You start with paper and a brush.
Then you move on to painting with hands.

But why limit yourself when you can go all the way? :-)
And then we ran quickly to the bathroom...

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pea and watercress soup

We've been having guests all the time recently. Daniel and Danielle, my parents' friends, Nan and now Josh and his mum. We like to get together every now and then and play.
But this time it was a little bit more serious and we made something edible together.
Watercress and spring onions

 Peas and potatoes
And you get a pot of soup.

Very yummy soup! Pychotka!

Snow, theatre and one hungry squirrel

I've been very lucky this month as Nan came over with a visit. We had a great time together! There was a lot going on: walking in the park, shopping for clothes and food, making and eating pierogi (Polish dumplings), playing with my soft toys and reading books. 

We found real snow on our balcony one day and I discovered what happens to it when it gets warmer.
We also went to the theatre to see "Handa's Surprise".
It was my second visit to the theatre, the first one being "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" earlier this year, which was absolutely amazing.
I love the book the show was based on and the performance was also memorable. 
Look, it's the same!
The actors were singing like angels, I could touch the fruit and see African animal puppets and mummy and I danced on stage after the show.

One day we went to a different park in our area. I spent ages on the swing. It's my favourite thing to do at the playground at the moment.
We brought some nuts for the squirrels in the park. Would you believe that I got scratched by one? From now on I will always remember to throw the nut onto the ground and not hold on to it with a hungry squirrel around!