We were supposed to be away in the South of Ireland this week, however, a full on outbreak of chicken pox amongst two sets of our friends children, meant that we have postponed. Our big girl starts nursery school on 2nd September and I didn’t want her missing the first days because she’d caught chicken pox .
So instead of a trip away we’ve just been out and about here doing as much as we can. We’ve done a spot of kite flying! Well ok, daddy flew the kite, but my little girl held the end of the string.
We’ve gone walking and said hello to the new batch of cows in our fields. We’ve sat on the wall and watched the farmer spraying the fields in his tractor.
We went exploring the depths of our spooky forest in search of the Gruffalo – or any other smaller creatures that live there. We managed to find a ladybird, much to our youngests delight, her favourite book is What the Ladybird Heard!
The ground around our little stream has become a bit overgrown lately. So while daddy strimmed and cut back the grass and weeds, we did a spot of pond dipping. The water table is a bit low and therefore the stream is much lower than normal too. However, we found lots of pond snails, freshwater shrimp and loads of beetles and water boatmen. The girls were fascinated and captivated by the little world that exists in our stream. The piece de resistance was when a big frog hopped right across their boots!
Pond dipping finished, we went to the orchard with a basket and gathered the first batch of Bramley apples, ready for some pie baking in the next few days. Hopefully the scores of Blackberries in the hedgerow will ripen in time to be added too.
So although this was not the week we had planned, it actually turned out to be pretty good. We still had lots of fun and discovered lots of new things. Pond dipping will become a regular feature I think.
I am of course linking up with the fabulous Fiona from Coombe mill for her Country Kids linky. Why not join in too and enjoy the great outdoors.
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