Now our severe windy storms of the past few days have passed, life in the outdoors can return back to a more normal routine, without fear of a tree falling on our heads.  One of my priorities at the moment is refining the twins’ cycling skills.  We put them on 2 wheels back in November where they just took to it like ducks to water.  However, like everything they do it was at 100 miles an hour, plus they had no stopping or starting skills, preferring to ride into a bush to provide the slowing down mechanism!  Our island is quite small, and sometimes it seems a bit silly to be driving somewhere on it, like the beach right at the other end. However, it would take us a long time to walk there and back.  So, if I can get them riding more safely before summertime, it could become a possibility to cycle there instead.  My aim is for them to practise starting, braking to a stop, and not whizzing off zig zagging out of control everywhere!  So today we headed down a wide track that we pretended was a road, and also practised staying on the correct (right) side of it….as you can see from the photos we still need to make progress in that area!!  It was a good start though and I just need to get them out more often. I use big sister as a pace setter, who when told not to whizz off actually doesn’t, and they are not allowed past her.  It takes quite a bit though to summon up the energy to take both speedy little men out at the same time!  We will get there though.

This afternoon we headed back to one of the best natural playgrounds I have ever come across, the main feature being our favourite tree that you can climb inside. The children spent a good while climbing the tree and the massive boulders, while the Kelly Kettle boiled away to make hot squash and we toasted some marshmallows.  I love this place.  The water is very calm and shows great promise for the warmer months in being a place where we can base ourselves on a rock all day, trying to catch mini beasts in nets, and wade around the shallow fjord.  The children love scrambling over the rocks, and climbing the tree.  They can climb up, across, and through the inside.  It is amazing for imaginative play adventures too.  Today, there was an extra play treat for them in the form of huge thick ice areas to break, pick up, throw, smash, and examine.  Oh, and the views aren’t too bad either 😉 You can’t help but smile, relax, and let nature restore some energy.

Once we were back home I had promised our little lady I would help her get to grips with her new microscope that she had got for Christmas.  We spent time learning (relearning for me!) how to obtain samples, make up sample slides, and then the best ways to view them.  We looked at various thread types, synthetic and non synthetic, onions, hair, and a sample from the inside of her cheek.  I think it is safe to say she is not only fascinated but hooked.  She is now equipped enough, hopefully, with the skills to get this out and indulge whenever she fancies, just asking the odd question, and it is something she can learn from and enjoy….now I am off to learn about the sewing machine!!

 

Holding onto the sun!