Gym fun

We all know that physical activity is a big part of a child’s development. In the  EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Physical Development is a prime area next to Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development.

And as much as we love outdoors, there are rainy days or times when children need something different.On these occasions, we take them to gym sessions which are a combination of soft play and real gym apparatus.

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It’s pointless to try and explain how much the children love going to these sessions. It could be the enormous bouncy castle right at the entrance, or the trampolines, the different levelled beams, obstacle courses, or simply the idea of being able to run freely indoors that excites the children so much at the mention of going to the gym.

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It is a great place to practice their physical abilities, learn coordination, balance, negotiate space, jump and land appropriately all of this in a safe soft environment. Alongside physical development, the children learn about self-confidence in their own abilities, new skills, they explore and interact socially with other children.

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Leek and potato soup

From the garden to the plate- this leek and potato soup is exactly that.

Today we went to the allotment with an aim- to harvest leeks and anything else necessary for the setting’s most beloved soup.

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We also got some parsnips and carrots and had to add the rest from the pantry.

The soup is fairly simple. You’ll need

-oil or butter

-onion and garlic

-leeks

-potatoes

-any other vegetable you like

-creme fraiche

-seasoning – salt, pepper, vegetable stock

First, you chop and fry off the onions and garlic, then add the chopped leeks and let them soften a little before adding water until it covers everything in the pan.

In the meantime, peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes and feel free to add any other vegetables you like. Today we added the fresh parsnips and carrots.

Let everything come to boil, season with salt and pepper then simmer until the vegetables are tender. Use the hand blender to turn it into a smooth cream. Add the creme fraiche and  more seasoning if necessary, blend a little more  and serve with french bread.

Ready to serve

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And ready to enjoy

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Do give it a try, it’s delicious and full of flavours.

Autumn allotment update

It has been a while from the last allotment post so I considered the new season a good excuse to give you an update.

The allotment is looking very lush, there are still lots of crops to be harvested, lots of green and colour from our autumn flowers. It’s looking as lovely as ever.

I don’t have a favourite season but if I had to choose, it would definitely be autumn. The crisp cold mornings that turn into warm sunny afternoons…

Anyways, let me show you a few of our crops

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The corn is looking very well, lots to be harvested, just giving it a bit more time for ripening. We’ve made an enclosure around the corn to protect it from the foxes that stole all the corn the previous years- hopefully, it works. So far so good.

The bean teepee is still very green and full of beans. We’ve picked beans many times, there’s lots more coming and also enough to use as next year’s seeds.

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We’ve got our first melon!!!How exciting!Thank you uncle Morning for the contribution. Can’t wait to taste it.

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We are at the second attempt of broccoli. Last time we got mainly leaves, hoping for a better crop this time.

Other crops are tomatoes, a few and very small carrots, green peppers, more courgettes and marrows, parsnips and of course leeks, the most important ingredient for the children’s favourite soup.

I might have said this before, but I’m going to repeat it shamelessly- I am so happy and proud, it brings me so much satisfaction seeing how the hard work we’ve put in through the year materialises in these beautiful, tasty, organic vegetables.

And the children…they are around, having all the fun, of course.

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If you lasted until here, I will reward you with some pretty pictures.