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Archive for June, 2014

Piece of Pie

I finished paid work a little over a week ago, but that first week of my ‘holiday’ was just as busy as ever with meeting friends I haven’t seen for a while, Brownie Pack Holiday planning and helping out on a school trip alongside my usual activities.

I’m looking forward now to the next phase of my life, but today, this morning, I wanted pie.

One of my recent emails was entitled ‘Rustic Peach Raspberry Slab Pie’ and that got me thinking about all the soft fruit we (by which I mean my lovely husband…) have been growing. As always the children get a bit over strawberries after a week or two and I have to think of something to do with them – often jam – but this recipe gave me an idea.

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I took all the slightly over ripe nectarines from the fruit bowl and neglected strawberries and raspberries from the fridge and piled them, turned with a little cornflour and sugar, onto a board. I then used Delia’s pastry recipe (never fails) and made my version of that slab pie.


It looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to have it after tea with cream (naturally). And I had enough pastry left over for jam tarts.



not exactly Speedy Gonzales

For the last few weeks I have been using my network to collect plastic milk bottle lids for Brownies.

‘Why?’ I hear you cry. Well, I’ll tell you.

We have been using the clauses of the Science Investigator badge this term for some of our activities and one of the clauses is about making a vehicle – so essentially I was collecting wheels.

My daughter’s book ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS’ by Robert Winston gave us the instructions for a racing type car powered by rubber band and that’s what we did last week.

Because we only have an hour for the actual activity I spent time drawing and roughly cutting out the car in cardboard (35 in total).  I also wrote and drew an instruction sheet for each six. This meant the Brownies had only the final trim and the shaded areas to cut out and then they could get on with adding the wheels and rubber band and having a trial run, plus we could refer them back to the instructions instead of having to explain too many times over.


I warned them at the beginning that we weren’t looking at 0-60 in 3 seconds and this was proved. However, shiny floors, slippy wheels, dodgy cutting out, trapped rubber bands notwithstanding they seemed to enjoy it. 🙂


Horrible History Workshop

Another half term, another workshop.

This time we had Horrible Histories – a second time for us, so less stressful in terms of looking for things to do.

On the itinery were things like fake wounds, smelly sock smells quiz, our famous poo cakes:



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…and salt dough rats

For the rats we used 50g flour, 25g of salt and two-three tablespoons of water for each person so they did some weighing and making of the dough before fashioning their rats. The children then took them home with instructions on how to bake (2-3 hours at the lowest oven setting).

These are some made on the day:


If you are in the vicinity and would like to see the show here is the link:






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