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Wild garlic bread April 2019

One of Dancing Toes' lovely  homeschool friends came for lunch this week, and we planned a meal around wild garlic; wild garlic and stinging nettle soup, wild garlic bread and wild garlic scrambled eggs. We were given the idea of the bread by another of Dancing Toes' delightful home school friends. She had made it… Continue reading Wild garlic bread April 2019

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Stinging nettle and wild garlic soup April 2019

This is just a version of stinging nettle soup (earlier recipe). Stinging nettles are best to eat at this time of year (and maybe sting the hardest too!), so it's a other seasonal one. I tend to pick only the top third of the nettle. Then by pouring boiling water over them, their stinging power… Continue reading Stinging nettle and wild garlic soup April 2019

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Wild garlic soup April 2019

We have such an abundance of wild garlic around us, I've been trying to come up with different ways to consume it. Some are more popular than others. Myself and HWH loved this one, but younger kids were not so keen! I simply fried and onion, added some diced potato, and once softened threw in… Continue reading Wild garlic soup April 2019

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Spring days – April 2019

The Easter holidays have begun! I love all holidays for different reasons, but the Easter ones seem to signify hope; a change from winter to spring, and more importantly the life giving hope of Easter. However, after some warm and sunny weeks, the weather has turned cold again (a dusting of snow on the hills),… Continue reading Spring days – April 2019

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Kitchen chemistry – solutions and suspensions – February 2019

In our continuing study of the properties of matter, we’ve been learning about solutions, suspensions, solubility and precipitates. To demonstrate this, and because we needed a break from our usual routine, we had a kitchen science morning, raiding the boys’ IGCSE kit. We experimented with different chemicals, using some of the tests for cations (positive… Continue reading Kitchen chemistry – solutions and suspensions – February 2019

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Snow days and holidays / January 2019

In the hour and a half between walking Sparkly Eyes to Brownies and Dancing Toes to Guides, sleet turned to snow and started settling on our streets. “It’s scattering down” declared my delighted youngest daughter. And Rhythm Dude returned from rugby practice with more grin than mud, having played as the smow came down. Our… Continue reading Snow days and holidays / January 2019

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Chemistry – mass and weight November 2018

I always think the concept of mass versus weight is a difficult one, especially as we generally use the terms interchangeably in our every day language. Mass is the amount of matter in an object, and weight is the force of gravity acting on it. So, Dancing Toes' mass will be the same whether she… Continue reading Chemistry – mass and weight November 2018

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Kitchen science – The scientific method September 2018

Inspired by watching years of the boys’ experiments, Dancing Toes has requested to do chemistry this term. That’s a great choice by me; I’ve gone through the IGCSE syllabus twice with her brothers, and we’ve always had fun in earlier days working through our excellent homeschool curriculum. So, this week’s experiment was to work through… Continue reading Kitchen science – The scientific method September 2018

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Fun with autumn leaves September 2018

  We’ve had a week of picture book Autumn weather...crisp mornings (the chill in the air is demonstrated by the white clouds in every breath as the boys head off for a 7:40 am bus), clear blue skies and warm sunshine  as the day progresses. It’s also been the autumn equinox and associated harvest moon...more… Continue reading Fun with autumn leaves September 2018