Saturday, 28 February 2015

Silent Sunday 2015 - Week 9/52

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Leaving a trail of mud behind them...

A photo posted by Helen (@leilajomummy) on

It's the morning after.  The morning after another evening of soaking muddy socks, scraping dirt off boots and mopping the hallway floor (despite taking her boots off at the door, the mess somehow still manages to trail throughout the house!)

But I wouldn't change a thing, because my daughter absolutely loves her after school football club and her running club (and does both on the same day!), as well as netball and dancing.  She certainly doesn't take after me - I hated sports (well, everything except dancing anyway).

I'm sure I've got all this to come again in the next few years with my little boy.  He's already a mud-aholic and can't get enough of squelching through mud, splashing through puddles and generally getting messy!  I can already imagine him throwing himself around the school field, with any excuse to dive in the dirt!

This is where a half decent washing machine will come in handy!  Looking at Panasonic washing machines, there are some which come with extra wide doors (great for getting bulky items such as padded winter coats and PE kits covered in mud in there!) and HydroActive technology, showering the laundry from two directions to ensure an efficient wash and rinse, getting every last remainder of the school field from the clothes!

And my top tips for cleaning football boots...

1. Scrape/tap most of the soggy mud off outside
2. Leave to dry completely before brushing the rest of the mud off
3. Give them a quick rinse or wipe with a damp cloth
4. Stuff with old newspaper to dry them out quicker and help stop them from smelling
5. Avoid putting them in the washing machine, but if they do get smelly and you really must use the machine, pop them inside a pillowcase first, to help prevent damage to the machine or the shoes.  Alternatively, soak them in a bucket with warm, soapy water before hanging outside on the line - much better for your washing machine!

Published in conjunction with Panasonic

Friday, 20 February 2015

Fairies at Furzey Gardens, New Forest



Today we visited Furzey Gardens in the New Forest.  Hidden away among the trees and bushes were tiny fairy doors, each with a sprinkling of sparkly fairy dust!  There was a fairy school house and even a fairy ferry service to find along the way.  We walked around the pond and found a feline friend who either fancied a spot of fishing or a drink of water!





The first signs of spring were all around us, snowdrops covering the ground, blossom on trees, even daffodils starting to appear.  




Looking out into the fields we saw sheep, donkeys and alpacas, all grazing alongside each other.




Dotted around the gardens were the most amazing 'dens' and tree houses, plus a couple of 'bug hotels'.  We all had a magical day and will definitely return in the warmer weather when the flowers are in full bloom and to look out for the rest of the fairy doors.  The lovely thing is there's no particular fairy 'trail', so you really need to search for them which I think is much more fun and keeps the little ones entertained for longer!  






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