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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. 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.

  2. 23/04/2015 / 7:12 am

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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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