Tuesday, 28 September 2010


I have heard of Michaelmas in the past but never really known anything about it or realised what fun I have been missing!
After reading lots of Blogs who were looking forward to their Michaelmas celebrations, I thought I would give it a go this year!!  So this week we have been colouring pictures of St Michael slaying a Dragon, Looked at the Bible story of Michael throwing Lucifer out of Heaven and also read about St George and the Dragon. Being English, this was a nice reminder of our patron saint!

The children had a great time making Bread dough and shaping it in to dragons, using raisins for the eyes and sunflower seeds for the spikes and claws! My children love Dragons so this has been a great activity for them! I have been reading the "How to tame your Dragon" series to my boys at bed times, so we ended up with our very own "Toothless"! Made from bread!

Tomorrow I will be making more dragon bread with the children I look after and there will also be a bit of Dragon slaying!
Unfortunately I do not have photos of the dragon slaying we did yesterday, as they were taken on my sisters camera. Not a great time for me to run out of AA batteries! But all being well I will have pictures of tomorrows fun and maybe some copies of the first Dragon fight to add with my next post!

I am looking forward to looking at some of the traditions other bloggers are following and maybe adding them to our new found celebrations!!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Apparently Cow poo is VERY funny!!!!
We decided to make the most of the last few summer evenings and take a walk across the fields. The first field we had to cross was full of Mother cows and their calf's. I was a little nervous as we had the dog with us and I didn't want to upset any Mummy cows!! I was also not sure if there was a Daddy cow somewhere in the field as well......

This was a very cute calf we walked past. Both the mummy and baby were very brave and didn't mind us walking past! The boys loved being this close to the cows!!

 What a cutie!!

Some cool Fungi we found! not sure what any of it is but the boys get very excited when they spot any!!

We found a bridge and the boys went looking for Trolls!! Kenzie hid behind his big stick but Brendan was a bit braver and climbed down!

Time to move on.... Brendan decided he would try walking the dog. This was a new thing as Kane is very strong and can pull him over very quickly. But he was a good boy and walked nicely!

Time to play with long evening shaddows!! Lots of fun!!

Some bouncing around and shouting in a big open field! Best place for it!!

Kenzie loved the Thistle down!!

He liked to blow it away and make wishes!!

Time for the very serious business of finding a 4 leafed clover. This has become Brenden's ultimate goal, ever since I gave him my flower press from when I was little. I found one at about his age and had pressed it in there!

Kenzie joined in as well!

Not a 4 leaved lover.... but a 5 leafed Clover!
This was put in the press with mine when we got home!

It was great to have one last evening walk to say Goodbye summer and Hello Autumn!

Thursday, 9 September 2010


The temperature has dropped and the mornings are dewy. I even woke to a slight mist the other morning. It will not be long before those true Autumn mornings are upon us, with their crisp, fresh air and low sun! It's such a lovely time of year.
 This week i started to encourage the children to look at the changes around us. Some of the leaves are turning and falling from the trees, the Farmers are harvesting their crops (as are we!) and the warm air is not so warm. We read a couple of lovely Poems about fairies and about the wind and I told them the tail of "The sun and wind!". They loved the idea of the sun and wind having a competition to see who could make the man take his coat off!
We talked about the plants going to sleep, all ready for the winter.

With this in mind we have been enjoying the signs that Autumn is on its way and the children have been keeping a close eye on the conkers, which have started to fall. It looks like they still need a week or so to fully ripen but we are not far away from being able to collect bags full of them on our Nature walks!

Here are some pictures from our recent walk! The last walk I took with my boys in the holidays, last week, before my big boy started back at school and my baby became a full time school boy..... sad moment for mummy :-(

                                                    Yummy fresh apples from the tree!!

Plums too!

Maybe a little sour?


Not quite ready yet unfortunately... but interesting!!

Branch of Conkers!

We have also been harvesting our veg! We have so many Tomatoes, a lovely cucumber (although a bit prickly!) and the leeks are nearly ready. We decided to try out the Potatoes and see how they had done? This was a very exciting moment for all of us. The boys had never seen potatoes coming out of the ground... or in this case a grow bag!

Go on boys........ get your hands in and dig them out!!

Well done!! A Potato!

WOW!!! lots of Potato's!

I hope you are all enjoying the changing seasons as much as we are!


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