Spring Picnic

The kids took advantage of Mum’s trip to the allotment today to have a quick, Spring picnic while Mum pulled some leeks.

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First they chose the spot, then worked together to spread out the blanket.

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The bears just couldn’t wait to see what was in the picnic basket and jumped up and down for Hannah and Greg to PLEASE open it up !!!

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They’d brought drinks, snacks, fruit and cake and biscuits and shared everything with the bears…because this was also a Teddy Bears’ Picnic 🙂

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……then sunbathed in the gentle March sunshine. Nice work if you can get it  🙂

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Picnic Jigsaw

Click on the link below to solve the puzzle

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Latest knits..

This week I’ve tried to scale up this simple, cabled cardigan ….

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…to fit a Studio doll. It sounds easy but I don’t have a Studio or a Course doll so until its new owner tries it on I won’t know if it fits. Crossing all my fingers 🙂

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Then I tried using an alpaca and silk blend yarn (70% alpaca + 30% silk)..

20170319_133552 for 16″ Sasha and loved the feel of it and the soft sheen.

Here’s Fleur modelling and exercising Chewy at the same time 🙂

And here’s the difference in the two sizes..

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Today the kids tagged along for the ride

Two kids were keen to come out to work with me today, especially since the sun was shining  and it was a lovely 16° C.20170314_154629

My first call was to a very pretty village, just outside Stamford, called Easton-on-the-Hill…

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…where the kids noticed a tempting patch of grass to run around on.

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They quickly found a likely looking pond and spent a good while ‘pondering’ the chances of finding frogspawn in there.

Hannah thought (new boy) Greg should jump in and go right to the bottom and have a good look,

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but Greg has been a new boy before and he wasn’t falling for that one again. Then they spotted something else that looked like a little stone cottage, just the right size for them.

It was a memorial to the Polish  paratroopers who were stationed in the village during the war and who had flown from here to take part in the Battle of Arnhem in Holland.

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And then they spotted a tree they could climb 🙂 What took them so long ?

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The blossom was just opening up and smelled lovely.

Next we drove through Stamford but didn’t have time to stop. Hannah chose the perfect moment to photobomb my attempt to take a picture of the George Hotel while waiting at the traffic lights..

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The next place we came to was another picturesque village called Bainton….with a KEEP OUT  ! sign. We had to stop.

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They weren’t sure why they had to KEEP OUT ! of this tiny but interesting area so they needed a better look. They might not really need to KEEP OUT ! , maybe ?  🙂

It looked like a hole with a cage in it. Was there a big bear down there ?

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Ah, mystery solved.

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Mum likes wool and that comes from sheep, doesn’t it, so we should tell Mum all about this when we get back to the car.

And they did, and all about how hard it was to climb all those fences and trees today and how nice it was to find a bench that belonged to the Queen…..and it had been quite hard to climb up on that too..

20170314_141209 ..and how sleepy they were now, back in the warm car, in the late afternoon sunshine.

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And then they both went very quiet for the rest of the journey home 🙂

 

 

Spring is when thoughts turn to Babies …

..and this Spring we have had two new Gotz Babies in the space of two weeks 🙂

From left to right we are ..

Baby Simon,  Baby Meike (who joined us a few weeks ago) and Baby Lars

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and our two big sisters are (left) Stella and Yvette so now we are the Fabulous Five . We know there are still a few members of our family missing so we are looking out for them wherever we go.

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But then, just as we were starting to settle and get to know each other, another little one came to live with us and she was a bit younger but she can already stand up and walk ! She’s not like any of us.

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She says her name is Lisa and her Mum/maker is Sieglinde Frieske who makes dolls for some nice people called Schildkrot. She’s tiny;  only 28cm tall, has real hair (!) and hand-blown, glass eyes. She looks ok now so maybe that wasn’t as painful as it sounds.

She arrived all ready for an English Spring, with a raincoat and an umbrella..

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but then she noticed the other little ones were enjoying the sunshine and didn’t have raincoats OR umbrellas so she took hers off and set them down.

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She has very nice manners. When she noticed that  both Simon and Lars had sun-hats but Meike didn’t, she offered to make some room under her umbrella – now re-purposed as a sun-shade – for Meike.

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Will you come and sit with me Meike?

We’ll leave them there for now, getting along very well in their own secret sun-hideaway, while the boys enjoy playing with their toes, the ways boys do.

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Welcome to the family Lisa, Simon and Lars ❤

 

When you just fancy a walk in the snow, by yourself….

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….but Little Ted wants to come too and jumps in the basket and looks up at you with those appealing eyes…

 

So you take him along, but that’s not all he wants….

 

What he REALLY wants is a ride on your shoulders so that he can see more.

Come on then, Little Ted, and mind you don’t get your little claws caught in this new cardigan – I’m only modelling you know 😉

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This set was knitted in Alpaca Drops (100% alpaca) 4 ply and has little pink pockets.

(Dress by Ruth and shoes by Rosie Bloom).

 

New boy gets a new hairdo and new best friends build something together..

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New boy (Greg for now in his temporary ‘new arrival’ Greg jumper) was so embarrassed about the trail of hair he was leaving that he asked if he could have a new haircut. He has a very short cut now and while it grows ( 😉 ) he’s chosen a dark auburn wig. I gave that a bit of a trim too because it wasn’t quite right and now he’s feeling a lot better. It’s a bit darker than Cameron’s red hair, but still definitely red and he likes that.

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He and Cameron are bonding over a construction job today….

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eBay photo on a cold desk at Oxfam HQ

PROJECT :

Today the boys wanted to build something (I think they just wanted to use some big boy tools) and they’d seen Henry’s bookcase and wanted one like that. I don’t think there is another one just like Henry’s so they got the next best thing.

They asked for a little Ikea Ivar bookcase for their bedroom and promised to put it all together themselves. When it arrived they raced for their toolbox and both thought they knew exactly what they would need..

…but when they opened the box they found the nice people at Ikea had included the perfect screwdriver for the job and some tiny little screws too.

They took turns following the funny little picture drawing instructions and screwing the little screws that hold the cross-bar supports on the back and had fun trying to read all the different languages. There are people all over the world with a bookcase like ours, they marvelled 🙂

Once the supporting cross-bar was on they stood the frame up and began to slot the shelves onto the tiny little supporting bars and in no time at all they had a bookcase !

 

Little Ted pulled up his Ikea Poang chair and claimed he’d been there all along, encouraging and directing proceedings and that if it wasn’t for his input it might not have gone so well.

The boys smiled and winked at each other. They knew they’d done a great job all by themselves and all that was left to do now was clean up a bit.

Cameron got the Henry out and swept up the mess and then they posed  for a triumphant photo in front of their creation.

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They are feeling very pleased with themselves now and making a list of things they absolutely must have on display on their new shelves, but that will have to wait until tomorrow…..