So we had the kids' friends round and packed them off on a few sleepovers, and generally made the most of being outside. I managed to pick up a lovely old Galt climbing frame on Freecycle - it's probably a bit on the small side for the not so little, littlest, but she had a merry old time shipping half her toys out and making dens. Not so good at shipping them back again.
No surprises, the Aquarium was packed, but we had such a happy few hours there. The kids loved the penguins and walking through the tunnel - turtles and stingrays swimming overhead in their watery world. We watched a short version of Happy Feet in the 4D cinema, which wasn't half bad either. A bit of grizzling on the way back, but I got a 'best day ever' from the 10 year old. They're worth the wait, those moments.
I dug out our trusty old B&M fire pit - twenty quid well spent I've got to say. We lit it a few evenings and cooked some Damper bread over the embers - camping bread from Australia originally I think. If you've never tried it, it's worth a go, for the fun value alone - and the bread's okay-ish! The kids just seem to love anything they've cooked over a fire.
So easy to make too - just mix 250g of self-raising flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt and 150ml of water. Work it into a dough on a floured surface, then divide into about six balls, roll them into long sausage shapes and wrap round some clean sticks, tucking the ends in to stop them falling into the flames. Remember to remove any flaky bark…something we forgot to do the first time round; and let the fire settle before you cook them over the embers - impatience meant we had a few burnt on the outside, doughy on the inside offerings. And several sticks on fire.
Managed a bit of holiday crafting - not so much kids stuff, apart from the paper flowers, because my enthusiasm has somewhat waned... but I did have a rather successful knit. I'd been trying to think what to give a great friend for her Birthday - she loves her boxers to distraction, so I searched 'knit a boxer dog' online and sure enough, up popped this fantastic book, 'Best in Show - 25 more dogs to knit' The knit bit wasn't that bad, but I got into quite a muddle sewing it up. Took ages! But I was really pleased with how the dog turned out, and she loved it.
Got back into some napkin decoupage as well, with this box for a friend who had a baby recently. A lot quicker to do than the boxer can I just say. Love the birds and the cat - just my thing - hoping it's hers too!