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Three children *** One big, grey dog *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That’s us!

We’ve been blogging, about everyday happenings that bring us joy, since January 2010.

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Just a thought….

“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”


Thank you….

  • Merlinda Little The riddles game reminds me of that Tom Hanks film called Da Vinci Code! Its so awesome and sadly I am not very good with... 25 Feb
  • Louisa Your code wheels sound like great fun. My daughter is also fond of riddles and is always testing me with them. I enjoy the thought... 24 Feb
  • Craft Mother Absolutely. It ticks so many boxes but, most importantly, captures their imagination and creativity. Hope your son enjoys it in the future. 24 Feb
  • Craft Mother Never easy, but worth the effort. I need to keep reminding myself. 24 Feb
  • Christy I love the idea of riddle solving and hidden messages. Creative and gets them thinking! I'll definitely be using this when my son is older.... 24 Feb
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encouraging children to love to learn

Investigating map contour lines – Education Craft

I love maps. I love opening them out on the table like a cloth. Leaning forward and scanning every inch in detail. I can quite easily lose time pouring over a map. Reading the names and studying the lay of the land. Each teasingly hint at long forgotten stories. The most tantalizing ones duly noted to be explored on foot one day.

You need to be able to read a map to fully appreciate it. Continue reading

It may be school holidays….

painting marble game blueTake one cereal box, a choice of paints and a bag of marbles, and what do you get?

playing marble game2

Answer: A morning of fun.

playing marble game

Also a great way to practise some adding up too. Learning should always be this fun, don’t you think?

(Each arch had a number: 5, 10, 15. Marble goes through and the number is added to total.)


Off in the kitchen, Eldest made flapjacks.

bean bursting out of bag

Next on to botany.

(Does this remind anyone else of a flamingo?)

Moon bean is ready for potting up.

(Wondering if it may be a mistake to name a plant? Especially one that other creatures like to munch.)

bean roots

We’ve watched the beans split. We’ve discussed why the roots might develop before the stem. Now it’s time to rescue this plant from its confines.

open up bean bag

I’m sure there was almost an audible sigh from that bean, as the bag was split open.

bean planted in pot

Good luck, little runner bean.

(Best tip I ever received from a successful female boss was to wear red nail varnish if you want to garden at the weekends and still look presentable at work the next day. BL is embracing this notion early.)


Next up. Lego. What can I say about Lego that hasn’t already been said? Engineering, design, creative thinking and more. Undoubtedly, another worthy learning activity during the holiday.

chocolate cake

 Meanwhile, in the kitchen Eldest made cake. All by herself.

School may be out, but long live learning!

By the end of the day, I felt like I had achieved nothing. Dispiriting. Then I looked back at the photos on my camera and realised that I had helped others achieve. And that, I believe, is an achievement on its very own.




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