July started with a fabulous (if rainy!) meet up of the Wolseley Explorers. We had lots of fun with Hapa Zome (pounding leaves and flowers onto cloth with a hammer to make amazing patterns). It was great exploring which flowers and leaves gave the best effects. Some beautiful creations! It was lovely to walk around the nature reserve and see how the baby birds had developed.
We spent three very happy Mondays of July at gymnastics class, followed by our weekly Beacon Park playdate with lovely friends
We had a lovely time at our fortnightly Tuesday meet ups at Chase Group.
We had great fun cooking on the campfire, playing with Sidney and playing with friends at our monthly Jacks Wood meet up.
We spent an amazing couple of days camping with friends at YHA Wye Valley. The children had never been camping before, and were really excited to sleep in the bell tent. We cooked our dinner over an open fire, toasted marshmallows and generally ran wild We also visited Goodrich Castle and Puzzle Wood
We spent two lovely days playing at Cannock Chase stepping stones with different friends.
We went to the cinema twice – to see The Secret Life of Pets, and Finding Dory. Both were fantastic.
We spent some time at Forge Mill Farm.
We went swimming with friends twice, and Poppy perfected her underwater forward rolls
We spent an amazing day with friends at Peak Wildlife Park.
We swam in the rain with friends at Ravenhill Lido
We spent a lovely day at Wightwick Manor NT with friends, completing the trail and exploring the grounds.
We had fun at the Bloxwich Library Meet.
We spent the day with Nanny on her birthday, and called into Stone Cross Library to see the book bench there as part of the Big Read trail.
We met friends at the Mad Hatters Tea Emporium for afternoon tea.
We went fruit picking with friends at Essington Fruit Farm.
We found more book benches at Aston Hall with friends.
As well as lots of getting out and about, seeing friends and doing lots of activities, we also spent time at home.
We baked treats for Nanny’s birthday.
We made birthday cards using our new card scoring and embossing equipment.
We made two plaster of paris holders for the test tubes in our new chemistry set.
We spent a day doing lots of experiments with our chemistry set, and did some on other days too.
We did lots and lots of cooking – both old favourites and experimenting with new recipes.
We collected three new rescue chickens – Bramble, Chestnut and Smoky. We have been busy treating them for scaly leg mite. Sadly Bramble died after a prolapse, despite an operation to try and hold her insides in. It has been very sad, especially as Matilda, 2 years free, is also very ill indoors in the hospital cage. The chickens have been taking up a lot of our time with their specialist care, but we give that time gladly.
There has been lots of playing too. Alfie is also loving the Great Fire of London Minecraft map – and learning so much along the way.