Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Neighbourhood walks day 2

Today was a walk on LA - again very different to the cramped streets of Cambridge!
Here is a full list of walks:
Links to the worldwide neighbourhood tour:
June 25th – jojoebi-designs – Saitama, Japan
June 26th – akatsuki ra-ra-ra – California, USA
June 27th – little red farm – Sweden
June 28th – “Je veux une ‘tite soeur-fille” – Canary islands
June 29th – Knitty Lorn – East Devon, UK
June 30th – We Don’t Need No Education – Michigan, U.S.A
July 1st – Jeollanam-do Salad – South Korea
July 2nd – Merita’s Playground – Slovenia
July 3rd – kids, craft and chaos – Scotland, UK
July 4th – Zonnah’s Addictions – Washington State, USA
July 5th – Adventures of a Rainbow Mama – Australia
July 6th – Se7en – South Africa
July 7th – Talia’s Travel Web Log – New York, USA
July 8th – Monkey Magic – Japan
July 9th – The Pukeko Patch – Wellington, New Zealand
July 10th – Cami Daily – Berlin, Germany
July 11th – Crazy Cambridge mum – Cambridge, UK
July 12th – Schaeresteipapier – Switzerland

Sunday, 24 June 2012

world tour of neighbourhood walks


Because I am nosy and love looking at other poeple's lives I was very keen to sign up for a photo walk round the world. Today is the start of the world tour of neighbourhoods - each day a different blogger posts a series of photos taken around his or her local area! The lady who is hosting the whole thing is a lady who I have never met, but whose blog I enjoy reading. She is English living in Japan with her family. Check out her blog and the first of the walks (I love the man hole covers):http://www.jojoebi-designs.com

(hope my photos will be as good - I have the kids writing lists about what we should include)

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Strawberry and Almond crumble

E made this this pudding today for her Daddy.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Put 400g hulled strawberries into a pie dish  and sprinkle over the sugar and almonds and vanilla extract. Give the dish a good stir to mix the ingredients.

Make the crumble topping by putting 110g plain flour and 1 tsp baking powder in to a bowl with 75g butter. Mix them together by rubbing. Stir in 75g demera sugar with 100g flakes almonds.

Cover the strawberries with the topping and bake for about half an hour or until the crumble has darkened.

Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Town and Country Fair 2012

With a couple of hours to spare, E and I went to the annual Town and Country Fair held on Parker's Piece. There were rides, ice-creams, animals to look at hold and hold, food to try and buy and things to watch in the main arena (although we didn't bother).

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Today G, E, P and I went to visit the newly re-opened Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (http://maa.cam.ac.uk/home/index.php). It houses an eclectic range of stuff; from local finds on the bottom floor including a skeleton to the earliest hominid tools on the top floor. My favourite was the middle floor which is home to a range of things from different cultures including a huge totem pole and strange Aztec skeleton models. We spent a little over an hour (which is about P and E's limit in a museum) but because it is free we could definitely come back to see more things.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Suffolk Punch Horse Trust

We visited the Suffolk Punch Horse Trust in Hollesley, Suffolk. This is the main breeding stud of the one of the world's most endangered horses. Suffolk punches are heave horses traditionally used for farm work. Chestnut in colour, they stand at about 17 hands high.
We enjoyed walking round the stud which had a number of very sweet foals. We even stroked some of the mares. There were also chickens, goats and pigs to see. It wasn't the hugest place but was certainly a very pleasant coupe of hours.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Sutton Hoo

Today we went to stay with a friend and we visited Sutton Hoo. It is an amazing National Trust place near Woodbridge, Suffolk.  It is believed to be the site of burial site of Anglo-Saxon king. It was excavated in 1937 by a Suffolk archaeologist, Basil Brown, who found a ship ,containing a burial chamber with a collection of magnificent objects – gold and silver brooches and dishes, the sword of state, drinking horns and a lyre.  Most of the principal items are now permanently on display at the British Museum but one can see the magnificent mounds and enjoy a (child friendly) exhibition about what life may have been like in Anglo-Saxon times including a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber and stunning replica treasures. Also they had Anglo-Saxon dressing up! We also enjoyed visiting the house of the lady who originally owned the land and employed Basil Brown. It is a beautiful 1930s house and what made it so fun was you could play on the piano, sit on the chairs and write at the desk! Defiantly a place to go back to!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee books

We have been reading these books over the weekend.

crown part 2

We made some cooked yellow play dough and cut out crowns which we decorated with sequins.

crowns part 1

Here are some of the crowns the girls have made.
G's is a silver band measured round her head and then 2 bits over the top with sequins stuck on and then tissue paper in the middle.
P's is a simple bit of card with glitter she stuck on.
E's is a pre-cut one with sequins.

I like them all, but I think G's is most like the Queen's coronation one.