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Camp Bestival and the good ol’ British summer!

This summer we were really fortunate to win tickets for the six of us to go to Camp Bestival for the whole weekend, thanks to New Young Mum blog. The children were all very excited, as was I. We spent ages preparing what to take with us, I’m sure the girls packed half their toy boxes!

As the weekend approached it was clear that the weather was not going to be on our side and we were likely to get very muddy. Throwing the wellies and waterproofs into the car, we set off hoping for the best. Daddy was working so would be joining us a little later, meaning that I had the job of setting up a 6 man tent on my own.

When we arrived the children were all very helpful, carrying their belongings to an empty space. I have never been more thankful for our wagon, it was a long walk. Unfortunately the heavens opened just as I was getting the tent out. Upon seeing me battle with wind, rain and canvas, a helpful passerby lent a hand putting up the tent. I never even got her name, but if you’re reading this, you saved me from an epic struggle and probably a few curse words!

Once the tent was up we made a final trip to the car for our remaining items, and set about making the tent cosy. After a cup of tea I felt ready to take the children exploring. We had a  good walk round the site, getting to know the layout and making a list of all we hoped to fit in. We had a go on the helter skelter, watched the insect circus perform  and took obligatory photos in front of the “I love Camp Bestival” sign.

After good look around our tummies were rumbling so we headed back to our tent for some food, and to wait for daddy to arrive. Once Daddy was there we were ready to party! We showed Daddy around and went to the main stage to see Mark Ronson. R absolutely loved it. He played all her favourite songs, she loved the atmosphere and dancing in the rain. It all proved a little much for E and Little S, so Daddy took them back to the tent to tuck them in for the night.

Gig Selfie!

In the morning we woke up stiff, cold and damp, clearly we were meant to be fair weather campers! Still, we tried to make the best of it and made straight for the worlds biggest bouncy castle. As E had an accessible camping pass we were able to join the short queue to go on first. Even then we queued for almost an hour waiting for the bouncy castle to be given the green light to open. Just as we about to go on, having paid our fares, the heavens opened again. The bouncy castle was deemed too slippery in the rain to be safe and we were all turned away. This lead to a major meltdown from E, who until then had been coping relatively well.  The simple change of plans, completely out of his control was too much for him. Eventually after about an hour (and an ice cream) there was a tentative peace.

Next up were Mr Maker and Mr Tumble on the Castle Stage. The little girls were really excited to see them. Daddy chose to stay with them, whilst I took the older two to the sports park. There E made friends with a boy playing boomerang skittles, and R decided to chill out on the hammocks. We played a game of bean bags toss and enjoyed some crazy golf. After Mr Tumble had finished the others came to meet us for a quick play before lunch.

We had burgers in rolls for lunch, which started off well. That is until the rain which had been gentle, became torrential. Soggy bread rolls are not fun! We were soaked, cold and getting grumpy. The tentative lull from meltdown was becoming more like a volcano waiting to erupt. We discussed holding out for the rest of the day to see Madness play, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The good ol’ British summer had got the best of us. We packed up and said goodbye to our brief time at Camp Bestival. It was time to go home and have a good hot bath and put on our jammies.

We ended up having to be pushed out of the mud in the car park, but not before someone had a cheeky barefoot dance in the mud! We are grateful to have experienced Camp Bestival but even more thankful to be home and dry.

 

August bank holiday weekend

Steam fair

August bank holiday weekend, and what a busy weekend it was! It started with a visit to the Great Dorset Steam Fair on Friday evening with friends. The children were all very excited to go on the rides. We started with the dodgems, but they were a little fierce and very noisy. We were lucky that we were able to find something suitable for each child, from 3 to 12. Little S enjoyed the “hook a duck” and won a little prize, she also found two little rides that were perfect for her.

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The older ones went on the helter skelter, trampolines, a scary spinning ride and the high swings. I got dragged onto the fun house which was a little embarrassing at the end when a gust of wind was blown up from under me, sending my skirt up to my ears and attracting a few looks from passers by!! It was a good evening but by the end E was struggling with the noise, lights and busyness.

Rides

Saturday was spent at Nanny and Granddad’s with the cousins. Lots of playing, some cooking, puzzles, time at the park and a dog walk. Nanny treated all the children to a cheeky McDonald’s for dinner too. S, Little S and Little cousin E went with Nanny to help collect the food and keep Nanny company.

Sunday was a day at home playing with friends, gaming and gardening. We also helped some friends to rearrange their bedrooms, dismantling, moving and building beds. S stayed over at her friends house that night and E had two friends stay over. It was the first time he had had friends to stay overnight. 3 boys was quite an experience! Lots of silly talk and armpit farts at almost midnight before they finally fell asleep.

Beach

After a slow morning, the girls and I went off to the beach with a couple of friends. It was surprisingly quiet considering it was a nice bank holiday Monday. R was straight in the sea for a swim, she is such a water baby! The two little girls made sandcastles and collected shells, and I managed a little sunbathing. After a lovely couple of hours we packed up, said goodbye to our friends and went Granma and Granpa’s house for a BBQ.

Daddy, E and Poppy met us there. Poppy and Maisy the dogs had lots of fun playing together. There was lots of yummy food and lots to go around. We all left with full tummies and sleepy heads.

Summer Beach Fun

It’s quite rare for us to go to the beach (let alone twice in under a week) as we’re more forest and countryside kind of people. However the weather has been gorgeous and the children fancied a change. Our first trip to the beach was on a Friday evening, it was just the six of us and we had a wonderful time. S enjoyed collecting shells, and spent quite a while on her own hunting for the best ones.

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The older three all enjoyed playing in the waves but it was a bit cool to go in too far. We went rock pooling to see what we could find. By far our best find was the little crab, the children liked stroking it but were not brave enough to hold it. Little S thought it was fascinating how it walked.

On the way home we talked about the meteor shower, the difference between a meteor and a meteorite, how we call them shooting stars but that they are not really stars. We talked about gravity, the atmosphere and the planets. That night Daddy and I laid in bed watching the shooting stars out of the window.sea

Our second trip to the beach was last Tuesday afternoon, we met up with another home educating family so that the children could play together. It was very warm and much busier than our trip on Friday. E found it a little overwhelming and sought solitude in the pushchair with the hood pulled down over him. He did enjoy some playtime with his friend though, making sandcastles and tracks in the sand.

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Little S loved playing with some Octonauts that our friends brought along and had a good splash in the sea too. R took a body board into the sea and didn’t come back until she was turning blue! After two fun filled hours we decided to make our way home for dinner.

Octonauts

I think that we’ve had our fill of the beach for a while now, but it was good fun.

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Summer 2016

We have been so busy this summer, having so many adventures. Daddy and I have dusted off our bikes and together with the children we have cycled to Moors Valley a couple of times. Once meeting up with good friends and once just the six of us. It has been great to get out together away from screens and into the outdoors. The three older children all did so well riding all that way, Little S has a seat on the back of my bike that she loves as she get to sight see. When we went yesterday we parked our bikes at the train station and caught the train to the park, then we went off and did some of the adventure trail and had some ice cream. Later we caught the train back to our bikes and cycled home, all very tired.
Train ride
There has been lots of time spent in the garden, harvesting veggies, rearranging the play area, planting new plants, exploring the pond, jumping on the trampoline, playing football and playing in the fort. We were even able to watch the combine harvester collecting wheat from the field behind our garden.
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R planned a new venture for this week, she ran a lemonade and cake stall from our front garden on today. She designed and made posters, putting them up around the village. She planned what she was going to make to sell, decided on a price list and thought about when she needed to make everything. We had lovely weather after a chilly start and plenty of customers. S and their friend M helped at the stall and they made an impressive £12.
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S has been learning lots about money over the last few weeks, saving her pennies, counting them, deciding how she’d like to spend them and using them in shops. When we went grocery shopping the other day she asked if she could get some raspberries. I was already loading the checkout so, as they were nearby, I said she could go and get some herself. She came back with 2 packets as she’d seen they were on special offer! The lady at the checkout next to us told her how clever she was. She is very switched on for a 5 year old.
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We looked after the girls friend last week and they spent hours doing craft together, painting, sticking, and gluing. They iced biscuits and made cakes and jelly, as well as spending lots of time playing outside together too.
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On Thursday R had her piano lesson, then after lunch with Granma and Granpa we headed off to Bradbury Rings to meet up with some home ed friends. The children all went off exploring and chasing Pokemon and the mums had the chance to sit and catch up. After a while thick dark clouds appeared and we felt the pitter patter of little rain drops so we all made our way down the hill and home.
We still have lots more to do over the rest of the summer and lots of ideas.