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Garden sunshine

19 Jun

After many miserable days we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a bit of sunshine so we’ve been in the garden making the most of it.

Surprisingly the garden is looking quite good. I rarely get time to do any work to it but happily it takes care of itself and year after year the flowers appear.

Here are just a few of my favourites that are in bloom at the moment.

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The last shot is of a dragonfly taking a rest on our miniature pond.

We’ve been having great fun discovering all sorts of bugs and The Limpet seems particularly keen on them (even spiders). I found an old piece of drift wood that I had left in one of the boarders and brought it out to investigate. She discovered loads of woodlice, spiders, greenfly and a centipede.

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Fun in the sun (and mud)

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With all this glorious sunshine we’ve been lucky enough to spend most of our days out in the garden. The monsters are generally very good at entertaining themselves out there but The Gannet’s idea of entertaining himself generally involves eating daisies, grass, stones etc etc.

I thought that for a change I would set up some ingredients for them to play with and explore. I’d been busy potting up plants and playing with compost so I decided to let them in on the fun!

I filled a large tray with compost and put it next to the paddling pool. The Limpet played for quite a while creating shapes and molding it. The Gannet was very interested in the new texture and began exploring it very slowly. Fortunately he didn’t try exploring it with his mouth.

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After a while my daughter suddenly realised she could add water and then it became a whole lot more exciting.

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The Gannet particularly enjoyed this and sat playing for ages, a lot longer than his older sister.

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Yes it was messy but it was a fun sensory experience which allowed me a bit of time to complete my gardening.

Garden xylophone

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This little project came about as we had been given two xylophones and I decided no-one needed two xylophones. One was particularly ugly and plastic so I thought that one could be taken apart and made into something prettier.

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Last summer my husband made the kids the best playhouse ever and I wanted to add some special items to it including an outdoor xylophone. We took all the metal pieces off the plastic and with the help of the little monsters, strung them onto some heavy duty plastic rope.

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We then attached the new garden xylophone under the slide and balcony.

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You can just see its bright colours peeping out from under the slide. The amazing playhouse was designed and built completely by my husband.

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Here’s The Limpet using a stick to make some beautiful music.

Sunshine after the rain

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We’ve had a lot of rain recently and today even had thunder and lightening followed by a hailstorm. I wish I could be the sort of mum who was happy to take the kids outdoors regardless of the weather but I’m not. In fact I think I might be allergic to rain. Fortunately by the time the two monsters woke from their nap, the grey skies had cleared and the sun was shining brightly.

We decided to put on wellies and head to the woods. The Limpet loved jumping in all the puddles and squelching through the mud.

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We watched squirrels running up trees and spotted signs of spring.

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Can you spot the ladybird on the leaf?

Our local woods also have a great adventure area. Most of which is aimed at bigger kids but we were able to enjoy some bits.

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