Tuesday, 23 November 2010
The winter gardens in Sheffield are one of our favourite places in town. They boast more than 2,100 square metres of glass and 80 tonnes of steel (what Sheffield is famous for!) and it is also home to more than 2000 plants from around the world. There are 150 species of plant but I think my four would agree that they love the cactus' the best. Ruben is always trying to touch them! This was a fairy display they had with a beautiful steel flower display in the middle of the fountain.
On Sunday we had a very much needed trip into town. Last week the kids were really poorly with a bad sickness bug so we spent most of the week huddled on the sofa with quilts,pj's and dvd's. It was not a fun week at all. So come Sunday we were all climbing the walls. Or at least I was!
There were lots of activities going off in town this weekend because it was the annual switching on of lights. First we went for a walk around and came across the Wild Planet exhibition at the bottom of the moor. If anyone hasn't seen it it is definitely worth a visit. The photo's are truly spectacular. The exhibit is from the Natural History Museum in London, which is one of our favourite museum's.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Myself, Ruben and the girls decided to make our own Christmas Tree decorations this year so we got out our air drying clay and used our Christmas cookie cutters to cut out some shapes. I love, love, love gingerbread men and so I think I am going to have to make a lot more of them and maybe they will be hanging around in to next year!
Monday, 15 November 2010
After some hot chocolate and sandwiches to warm us back up from walking around the castle we walked into the very pretty town to the museum. It has recently been renovated and is very new inside. They had some great items on exhibit though especially the vikings.
Cordelia's finished mosaic on the left and Piper's on the right. I think they are just lovely :-)
Sunday, 14 November 2010
We tagged along with dad on Wednesday to have a day out to Lincoln. We had such a good day. First we visited the castle which dates back to 1068 and was built by William the Conqueror. The castle has been used as a court and prison for over 900 years. The crown court is still used today and we were lucky enough to see some real barristers coming and going through the court. There were also public executions taking place here too up until 1859. The final execution taking place in 1877.
One of the main attractions at the castle is the Magna Carta. One of the four remaining copies of the 1215 Magna Carta is on display here as well as the Charter of the Forest. The other copies being in both the British Museum and Sailsbury Cathedral. Unfortunately I couldn't take pictures in this part as it is kept in quite a dark room. The exhibition allowed the children time to learn about the justice system and why we have laws. Some of the laws in the 1215 Magna Carta are still followed today.
The girls decided to have a dolls kind of day. Cordelia decided to finish off her rag doll that she started a while ago. It was made from one of daddy's old t-shirts and is lovely and soft. She has done 2 faces one on each side, an awake face and a sleepy face. It's very sweet and she has done it all by herself.