Friday, 26 October 2012

Making a Bug Hotel with Dadddy

This post is very, very late-its from August when Hubby had a couple of weeks off. We were meant to be at a home ed camp but weather was rubbish so we had some home days and days out too. Ruben has wanted to build a Bug Hotel for ages so this was a good opportunity. He has a real tool kit that we bought him a few Christmas's ago and loves it, the tools are real but smaller so perfect for his smaller hands. We had lots of old bits of wood/mdf so they measured up some bits...


and started making a basic frame


which looked like this..


Ruben used an old piece of driftwood that we got in Wales last year and wrote Bug Hotel on it


He filled it with rocks and smaller pieces of wood fro the bugs to hide underneath.


It looks lovely at the bottom of the garden and he checks it every few days to see what little mini beasts are visiting his Bug Hotel!


Monday, 8 October 2012

Bradford City Light Garden

After visiting the media museum earlier in the day we went for some tea and then headed into Bradford's famous City Park. Its very impressive and even more so this evening as the French light artists TILT had turned it into a garden of light. It was the main reason for our trip into Bradford as it was only here for 10 nights. First up we saw the mirror pool with its feature fountain (in the background) its the largest fountain of any UK city at 100ft high. Its very impressive and quite loud when it shoots so high. The laser lights look very effective too. Not sure about the children paddling in it though, it was far too cold for paddling!!
The town hall, the architecture in Bradford is truly amazing. We didn't get to see it all as it was late when we left the restaurant to see the lights, but there were some beautiful buildings that I'd have been happy to stare at for ages! I love buildings..
Meeting the stilt walkers-not sure if they were meant to be monsters of some kind? They didn't speak so had a starngeness that was very inviting! Cordelia was desperate to shake her hand and have a photo.
I love taking photos of the children all together, its so hard these days as Bailey and Piper are becoming photo-phobic :-(
Thought this looked like a light sabre tree personally....
This looked like a sunflower, very pretty
Snuggly daddy

Loved how they changed the lights around the town hall, looked a little spooky

Was lovely to see, it even felt a little Christmassy, I know its a little too early for that but it was lovely. Its rare to be out at night time looking at lights except at Christmas!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

National Media Museum, Bradford

Been so slow with my posts of late, I find it frustrating when I get behind as I enjoy keeping this space up to date but things here have been hectic amongst other things. The children however have been a constant source of joy and pleasure, and yes I'm saying that without any sarcasm because if anything that's happened recently has taught me anything its that I should hold my children closer and treasure them even more than I usually would. 

On a much lighter note we had a family day out, its been a while since we all managed a trip out together what with hubby's work, my small business and lots of other things. Bailey had his usual Warhammer group and we had our usual walk around Linacre, we came home to drop off the dog and have a quick lunch and then set off to Bradford. I haven't been in q few years but did bring the children to the Media Museum, they couldn't remember it at all so it proved even more fun for them! Especially Ruben who is a huge Moshi Monster fan, the museum has lots of Moshi Monster related fun and a huge display in the gift shop so he was happy before we had even had a chance to see any of the gallery's!
This was a cool wall of vintage TV sets...
A Dalek! As we have just finished watching the current Dr Who series on BBC 1 this was very relevant, all six of us are huge Dr Who fans and already eagerly awaiting the Christmas Special!
This was the magic gallery, lots of hands on things the children could touch and explore which I think is important in a musuem as they can sometimes be too much about reading the info and not about being allowed to play and touch things they see.
Piper really liked this room
And so did Dad and Bailey....
Think the video game area was enjoyed by all of us and was a trip down memory lane for hubby and I, I had a great time beating him at Mario Kart on one of the old nintendo systems!
Bailey enjoying some video game time even though we had to drag him away from his Xbox to come out!
But look at how he is bonding with his littlest sister...sweet
Piper and Ruben playing Lego Pirates of the Caribbean on the Xbox. We have had most of the Lego computer games and they are really good, not got any for  our family xbox at the moment though so maybe I will have to think about it as they had a lot of fun playing it together
This was Piper taking part in the Read Aloud exhibition, a whole book is read with people taking it in turns to read 1 line from the book. It was Jane Eyre that we read from, Piper thoroughly enjoyed herself, think we might have a bit of an actress in the making.....
We came out to Bailey and Ruben building something to do with Minecraft, can't remember what but at least they were doing it together!
Think this was the children's favourite part of the museum, the recording studio, as I spent nearly two years doing a media course at college I mamanged to give them a few tips for directing the tv cameras. Piper loved this bit where you got to read the news from an autocue, she was very professional!
Ruben LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Moshi Monster green screen, he actually got to jump around in Monstro City, he was over the moon!
Can you tell?
Then it was time to mess with the Teletubbies....
Filming in the tv studios.....
Bailey and Piper doing a spot of directing and filming of their younger siblings...
And finally playing in the directors office, making phone calls, sending faxes, answering the phone, seeing which characters are due on the set next.....
All part of the day job.

Linacre Reservoir..Sunday Ritual..

We have a new ritual on a Sunday morning of late, Bailey has been going to a local Warhammer group on a Sunday morning (and is having a super time making new friends) so whilst he is happily throwing dice and causing chaos with his Space Marine army we have a new place to visit. Even Tallulah seems to know that Sunday morning is her extra long walk day! Its just the right amount of time to walk around all 3 of the reservoirs at Linacre before we collect Bailey again.

Its been lovely for the last four weeks watching how the season is changing al the same place. The different tree colours, the water levels etc. The weather has been extremely mild the last few weeks too!

 Ruben found a milipede. He called it Millie, obvious reasons really haha!
 He loves posing for photos which is funny as the older three are reaching the "don't take photo's of me" stage :-(
 I love how the beautiful colours of the trees contrast with the Fire Service truck parked up!
 Watching the firemen playing, I mean "practising" in their boat!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Gingerbread

I have a real soft spot for gingerbread men, I have lots of random items around my house with gingerbread on them, they never fail to make me smile even when I'm not in a smiley mood! I recently acquired a teapot with gingerbread men on and it has a candy cane handle, I love it! After watching the GBBO this week we decided to make some of our own gingerbread. So the girls got our favourite gingerbread recipe out and set to work.....

After weighing all the ingredients out, we made a dough, it needed to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes and was then ready to roll.....
As we found out that gingerbread was given as a symbol of love in Germany we thought it only right to make heart shaped gingerbread. This is Cordelia's pattern:

Making the royal icing to decorate the gingerbread. We used egg whites and icing sugar to make the royal icing



Thankfully I have an icing bag and an icing syringe so there were no arguments and both girls got to decorate their biscuits at the same time


TA-DA! All done, Cordelia made special biscuits for our little friends R and E coming to visit.
Piper's biscuits-she even made an injured gingerbread and is now planning her halloween designs!




October begins...

We haven't had the best start to October and its been a difficult week. I'd like to write about it but its not my story to tell and therefore means I feel uncomfortable writing about it. Maybe it will come later, maybe it won't. Back into the reality of dealing with the right now. Feeling more fortunate than ever this week to have four happy, healthy children whom I adore and love the bones of, despite petty arguments over computer games and LPS vs Moshi Monsters, sigh... Today felt like a day for fresh air, the sun was out, the skies were blue and Tallulah needed a walk. Her second in only 3 days, lucky dog! We really don't walk her as much as we should, there's always an excuse of some kind, bad pet owners! Just look at that beautiful autumn crsip blue sky and a nearly empty playground......
 Even the geese were quiet today, Ruben burned lots of energy off, he's seems to have too much this week..
 Time to find the perfect stick to make a moshling trap when we get home...
 Giving Tallulah some cuddles..
 Cordelia really wanted me to try this tyre swing but I'm not sure I'd get back off it in one piece...in fact I know I wouldn't so didn't risk it, looked fun though.

The walk gave us a chance to talk about last night's Great British Bake Off and the gingerbread Colosseum, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Barn and Bird house that were created. Feeling inspired to make our own gingerbread we set off home to bake!