Halloween Gardening

ImageWe attend the children’s gardening group in the Botanic Gardens every Tuesday.  It’s really great fun and Beth gets so much from it.  This Tuesday the theme was, of course, Halloween. We carved pumpkins, peeled apples, and used our broomsticks to fly around the green space.

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ImageI quickly cast on this pumpkin hat for Arthur and managed to finish it last night.  I left out the leaves but I’m sure he wont mind. Image

We are going to a Halloween party in The Kelvinside Meadow this afternoon and then tonight Graham and I plan to watch some scary movies.

And tomorrow?  I’m making pumpkin soup! 🙂

 Happy Halloween!

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Yarn along

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This was knitted for Arthur before he was born but it was put away and forgotten about till yesterday.  My friend is a neonatal nurse and her Grandmother knits for her unit.  This hooded cardigan was a kind gift from her.  I’m glad it still fits him, it’s very sweet.

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On the needles I’m knitting Arthur a baby sophisticate.  It would have been finished sooner had Graham and I not had some wine on Saturday night.  I had to unpick 3 hours of slightly drunk knitting.  I remember at the time thinking knitting and wine complimented each other so well…….

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I’m joining Ginny today on Yarn along.

Celebrating

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Arthur started eating solids this month.  I had wanted to wait till he was six months before he started eating but this boy had other ideas.  He is a non-stop food guzzling machine! He ate half a tub of beetroot humus and cried when I took the rest away from him.  I have bibs that Beth wore as a baby but the mess is so much that I now just strip him and then leave him to it.  Baby lead weaning is a messy process.
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One afternoon I left Arthur on his back kicking his legs on his mat. I went upstairs to answer the phone and came down to find he had rolled over to the other side of the room.  How he got that far in 5 minuets? I have no idea, but I was impressed!

And lastly, yesterday I was showing a friend how he had cut his first tooth when we discovered over night he had cut another! Two teeth at five months?  How different he is to his sister.  Beth didn’t cut through her first tooth till she was 8 months. ImageImage

It was my birthday last weekend and a few of us went to Loch Lomond to celebrate.  It was such a clear night.  We could see the milky way, a few recognizable constellations, and we spotted two zooming satellites pass by.  It was the perfect treat to this city dweller.   

Turning Four

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Last week my sweet, kind, considerate daughter turn four.  Birthdays are always special and I like to spread the person’s celebration over a week, rather than over one intense day of excitement. Why have one day when you can have seven?!

I read this article at the start of the year on the recommendation of a friend and although I have spent a little money on Beth this year I liked the concept.  Graham and I have always tried to spend money sensibly so we can save for the important things.  I hate waste and so we try to reuse and recycle.  And having a clutch of like minded friends means we swap clothes and unwanted goods around the group.  Arthur has more cloth nappies than he’ll ever need thanks to the kind sharing of his older sister and my loving friend.  I’d say both kids have lots of time rather than lots of money spent on them.  And I like it this way.  We didn’t have much when I was a kid and really, when you are four years old, it’s the fuss and attention that’s more important.   For Beth’s birthday we did buy her a Katie Morag book and a sweet note pad because she loves writing and drawing, but the highlight of her birthday was her horse ridding trek, which in total cost £10.

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After the horse trek we had dinner with family and I baked vegan vanilla and chocolate cake. It’s my friends recipe and it’s really simple. I avoid dairy and I like eating less animal produce.  Graham is a MASSIVE carnivore and is reluctant to miss even one meal without some animal produce.  It drive me crackers!  He takes humus and lunch meat sandwiches to work most days but would never consider to leave out the meat.  Beth and I are happy to cut the meat but Graham is a tougher cookie to beat.  Have you ever read Vegan Lunchbox?  It is a blog  and book written by Jennifer McCann.  Just now it is my go to for inspiration but I think becoming a full vegan takes great commitment.

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At the weekend we had a Teddy bear picnic in our church hall.  The church kindly gave us the hall for free and each parent bought a dish to share.  I decorated the hall with home made bunting, colorful blankets and some pillows from home. The day before Beth and I made crayons and sewed brooches to give as thank you gifts, and my friend Thom helped run the party.  It was a great day and the kids had a lovely time. In the evening we had friends round for drinks and adult celebrations. The perfect end to a lovely week