So much for resting, wonderful busy day outdoors!

Getting up is back to the usual 6:00. Some mornings are cheerful, some decidedly grumpy. This morning, thankfully, was the former!

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Pancakes with lemon and sugar.

The weather has been gorgeous here today so I took the opportunity to get washing out on our new line!

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A quick trip in to town was held up by another set of escapees!

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I’m sure that we are like most families at the moment in that we have far too much chocolate in the house after Easter! We decided to make some of the Easter eggs in to rice crispie cakes which caused great delight because the eggs needed breaking up!

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Two eggs were put in a bowl along with 4 mars bars and 150g of butter.

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This takes quite a long time to melt so we set up a “washing line” inside – when our 4yo was just 3 she would spend hours happily putting pegs on a line of wool that we would string up in the hallway of our last house.  Everyone loved it today too!

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This kept them happy for over half an hour!  The chocolate, however, was still melting…………

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Our 4yo is really keen to make her own sandwich at the moment, always ham! They come out completely different each time (quite an achievement with just two pieces of bread and a piece of ham!) but she loves the fact she’s made it herself and I love the satisfaction it gives her. Does it matter if the butter isn’t spread evenly (or that I have huge gouges in the butter!) or the ham is piled up on one side or the bread is put on top sideways? Absolutely not and nor does any of that matter to her! There is always the temptation to do it for them – perfect the imperfections.. By doing so it merely gives a message that it is only good enough if it’s perfect and that is quite undermining to their confidence. Wonky sandwiches, therefore, are often served for lunch here!

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The chocolate, by now, had finally melted!

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100g of rice crispies was added, mixed together well (lots of willing helpers!) and then put in to cases

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The end result is a lot glossier and more caramely too, always popular! I managed to get my own lunch then, an egg and cucumber sandwich. The egg was mixed in with a level tsp of mayo – I’ve tried the low fat yogurt or creme fraiche alternatives and don’t really like either so I’d rather have a very small amount of mayo and not have it very often!

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After lunch everyone piled out in to the garden, we had a wonderful 2 hours playing hide and seek, looking for feathers/hazelnut shells, laying on the grass looking up at the sky to spot aeroplanes, running in the orchard – they had a super time! Our 1yo was also baffled by my pink toes lol..

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Our 1yo then promptly fell asleep on me within 5 minutes of coming in bless him!

Supper tonight was giant couscous in a tomato sauce made of red onion, peppers, courgettes, sweetcorn, garlic, canned toms, sundried tomatoes and fresh basil.

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The evening was still fine so after supper everyone was rugged up and wellied up for a walk! We’re very fortunate to live so close to the river, all of this is literally at the field at our garden gate. We will miss this when we move but we are enjoying it as much as possible in the meantime!

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The river flooded just before Christmas. The wood caught in the branch in the photo below shows just how high the river came!

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