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Sunshine & Al Fresco Dining

Is it just me or does food taste way better when eaten in the sunshine?

I have not had much time off work during my little ones’ Easter break, but when I had a day off, we definitely made the most of the good weather!

For the first time this year, we have been able to leave the house without our coats on. Opening windows all day, soaking in the sunshine, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin all make me a happier, more energised me. I love it!

On Easter Monday, we had a lovely ‘free from’ picnic with my friend Loraine and her gorgeous children. It was windy but the weather was beautiful. After we had eaten and she realised we were heading for the play park, Jumpy expressed her feelings clearly for the very first time when she declared, “I’m so happy, mummy!”

Happy and Running Towards the Play Park... The Joys of Being a Toddler

The following day, we stayed at home and the children were desperate to do some gardening. We made the best smoothies I have had. Instead of using ice cubes, we had frozen orange juice in the ice cube trays, and it was perfect!

Gardening & Enjoying Smoothies in the Sunshine

Crevette helped me with the weeding and read the instructions on the seed packets.

Gardening - Checking Instructions on the Seed Packets

Beanie’s idea of gardening involved pretending she was a bird, getting tickled by a worm and being a scarecrow.

Wriggly Worm

She also put together a play area for the worm and a snail. Crevette joined her at that point.
Beanie is interested in all sorts of things. Faecal matter is one of them. “How do snails do a poo?” was quickly followed by, “Where do worms do a poo?”

Making a Play Area for Worms and Snails

“Maman do you know which creatures I love the best? Worms!”

I wish I was a worm

After her nap, Jumpy joined us and thoroughly enjoyed watering plants. It was the first time she had done that and she was really pleased with herself.

Watering Plants - Happy Toddler

On Wednesday last week, we went to Kew gardens with Loraine and her little ones for another picnic in the sunshine.

Kew Gardens

Today, I had another day off work. The children had friends over and we had a picnic on the decking. Mid-afternoon, we received a gorgeous, thoughtful parcel from Steph, who blogs at Misplaced Brit. There were feathers in the parcel, and Steph explained that in Sweden, where she lives with her family, they decorate tree branches with brightly coloured feathers. Brightening up trees is such a nice tradition! We were all really keen and decorated our honeysuckle.

A Swedish Tradition - Colourful Feathers on the Trees in April to Brighten them up

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  1. 18/04/2015 / 5:17 am

    You’ve been packing tons into the holidays hon, looks like it’s been a fab Easter. What a lovely parcel from Steph, lovely idea. I’d like to do something like that, is it a meme or did you just swap addresses? xx

    • Mel
      19/04/2015 / 1:25 am

      We just swapped addresses, but wait a week or so my lovely. I am planning a post on this. Choosing little things for Steph and sending her parcel was too nice not to do it again! As for receiving hers yesterday; it really made my day. She is so thoughtful. Watch this space!

      • 22/04/2015 / 11:51 pm

        YIPPEE! Let’s all watch this space 😉
        It’s a lovely way to send a little love and appreciation to another mama & the thought that goes into it is even energizing …It’s a beautiful surprise to send and to receive x

        • Mel
          24/04/2015 / 12:32 am

          Sending is as exciting as receiving, isn’t it? I loved our little exchange of gifts. xxx

  2. 18/04/2015 / 7:57 am

    I do like there idea of decorating trees like that, and yes food is most definitely better when eaten outside. I’m so pleased to see Spring and the sun!

  3. myrecipebookuk
    18/04/2015 / 8:21 am

    I completely understand how you feel about the sunshine, I’m sure I’m always happiest when I’m outside. Jon laughs at my need to get out and get sunshine and fresh air each day, I love school days as the 15 minute walk to school is a great way to start the day. I think my favourite thing to do is drive to the beach and sit in the sunshine watching the boys playing in the sand.

    I’m not all the keen on worms, snails and bugs in general. Fortunately I think Daniel has inherited my dislike so we don’t have to spend too long playing with them. We love a bit of digging and watering though.

    I love the idea of orange ice cubes in your smoothies, I bet they gave it a really intense flavour.

  4. 18/04/2015 / 9:19 am

    What a busy week you’ve had it’s great that you’ve managed to escape into the sunshine and have plenty of picnics! Beanie and Crevette making a play area for the worm and the snail is just the cutest thing! Decorating trees with brightly coloured feathers sounds like a fab thing to do, I’m sure it just adds even more colour to spring. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  5. Leandra Bramham
    19/04/2015 / 8:45 am

    What a lovely time you’ve had. I love the idea of brightening up with feathers, I really would like to do that with T.


  6. tracey at Mummyshire
    20/04/2015 / 12:14 am

    I agree with you it feels so good to eat outside; the food tastes nicer, the children eat better and there’s less mess! What’s not to like?! Good to see you did get out and about and managed to fit in three picnics; we did a couple too during half term although one up in Wendover Woods required us to put on our woolly hats!
    Your children’s love of the outdoors and nature is lovely to see – although the fascination about how worms do a poo is a little strange!
    Lovely post; time off from work is so precious and it looks like you made the most of it

    • Mel
      20/04/2015 / 11:05 am

      I know, Beanie really ‘thinks out the box’. She is such a creative little soul! I love her style.

  7. Maria from Collecting Moments
    20/04/2015 / 12:27 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one enjoying the sunshine! Everything seems to be better when done outside–the play, the food, etc… I love that their imaginations run a bit wilder in the outdoors. It’s a thrill to see. Thank you for sharing, Mel!

  8. 22/04/2015 / 9:59 am

    A lot of #MagicMoments in that post. Makes me want to get out in the garden with my two.

  9. internationalelfservice
    22/04/2015 / 11:07 pm

    Your title says it all. A big yes please to both!! I’m absolutely craving some sunshine now…

  10. 22/04/2015 / 11:53 pm

    Love this post and all your beautiful pics x
    This is one of the best #CountryKids posts I’ve seen too …Just love it! The chalk the worms, the snails, all of it 🙂

    So glad you liked the feathers <3

      • Mel
        23/04/2015 / 12:51 am

        I wonder where you’ve seen those…

    • Mel
      24/04/2015 / 11:46 pm

      I really, really love them. Thank you so much for being so thoughtful, my lovely. I’m glad we haven’t had any rain since we decorated the honeysuckle. The feathers look as pretty now as they did when we put them there last week.

  11. 23/04/2015 / 7:12 am

    Looks fab, my daughter loves being outside and finding bugs! haha x

  12. acornishmum
    23/04/2015 / 12:00 pm

    Everything always seems better and more fun in the sun 🙂 Lovely pictures and I love the worm and snail playground ha! Stevie x #brilliantblogposts

  13. 23/04/2015 / 7:21 pm

    How lovely of steph! So that was your surprise parcel!!! Gorgeous! Looks like you have been really enjoying the weather! Long may it continue!!!

    • Mel
      24/04/2015 / 12:29 am

      Steph’s parcel was full of fag goodies! I love the tradition of feathers on the trees in Spring.

  14. 24/04/2015 / 6:47 pm

    Oh gorgeous post, I love eating outdoors and I used to live near Kew Gardens in Barnes. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • Mel
      24/04/2015 / 11:33 pm

      Always a pleasure, beautiful!

  15. 26/04/2015 / 12:59 pm

    gardening time is so totally my fave time with the kids helping 🙂
    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments
    p.s was so lovely to see you yesterday x

    • Mel
      27/04/2015 / 8:21 pm


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