Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Paradise wildlife park / Gangsta Granny

This afternoon we visited Paradise wildlife park which is about an hour's drive from Cambridge.It is an award winning, family run Wildlife Park set in the beautiful surroundings of Broxbourne Woods in the Hertfordshire Countryside.

We enjoyed our day at Paradise Wildlife Park and although we liked how close up we were to the animals we felt some of them were stressed! There is a wide range of different animals including lots of different big cats! There is also a lovely play area with slides and bouncy castles and a woodland train (which costs extra to ride). We took a picnic with us and there are plenty of benches around the park to eat on. We were there for about four hour and a half hours

We then drove back in time to see Gangsta Granny, an adaptation of the  David Walliams' book. The girls loved all the glorious slapstick humour, farting and talk of bottoms and poo. It looks great too with the scenery changed by ballroom dancing policemen and gyrating lollipop ladies.
David Walliams Gangsta Granny

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Apple Day 2016

Today we went to the Botanical Gardens for their apple day. We enjoyed tasting over 2 dozen delicious, locally-grown heritage varieties of apples - some of which we liked and some we didn't! The girls also enjoyed Pets alive where we cuddled some very cute rabbits, wondered around the gardens and made a hedgehog feeder (an apple with sunflower seeds poked in which we hidden in our garden and are looking forward to seeing if a visitor come!).

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Lodge

We went for a walk at The Lodge, which is is a nature reserve run by the RSPB named after the building there, The Lodge, which is their headquarters. It has
woodland, heath and acid grassland habitats covering 238 hectares, and are being restored to form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire.

The site has two Iron age forts built about 700 BC; the more impressive, on Galley Hill, has obvious banks and ditches. We also loved the woodland with beautiful oak trees and numerous different kinds of fungi!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Deer and Mushrooms

(No not together!)... Today the girls and I went for lovely walk in Hatfield Forest. One of the lovely things about the forest, is if you walk down a little path off a main drive you can easily avoid seeing other people!  Whilst we were there we looked for mushrooms. Here a few of the ones we found:

We also spotted deer - this time being lucky enough to see a mother and fawn as well as stag (although I was too slow to get a good photo :( ).

The girls also had fun climbing trees, throwing javelins (well sticks anyway), acorn collecting and just enjoying the trees.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Dahlia Festival @Anglesey Abbey

This morning we went to the last day of the Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey. The traditional Dahlia Line stretching right across the South Park was beautiful, although a little bit past its best!

We also loved the carpets of cyclamen - my photos really don't do it justice! They were stunning! 

We found signs of Autumn

As well as some lovely mushrooms

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Homemade winders

With the blackberries we had collected we made Fruit winders.

You need:
500g blackberries
500g cooking apples
150g honey
juice from 1 lemon
Greaseproof paper

(1) Peel, core and chop the apples. Put them in a saucepan with the blackberries and lemon juice. Simmer until they have turned into a pulp.
(2) Sieve the fruit to create a smooth puree. Then add the honey and stir well.
(3) Divide the mixture between 2 lined baking sheets, spreading it out evenly and thinly.
(4) Cook on the lowest setting until the fruit has dried out and comes off the paper easily - this took several hours.
(5) Cut into strips.