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Day Out With Nana

Earlier this week Jack came bounding out of school with a letter inviting people up to Lancaster University for a Community Family Fun Day. It was on a day when Nana was coming to visit, and the weather was beautiful so I figured why the heck not?

We packed up a picnic, slapped on the sun cream, and off we went! Apart from Jack once calling into the sports centre, its the first time the kids have been to the Uni. I'm not as familiar with it as I could be myself (after all, I went to St. Martins College in town, it was Hubby who went to the Uni), and we were trying to explain to the boys that this massive place - that looked like a small town - was actually a kind of school for grown ups. They loved the place though.

We found the picnic and crafts area and tucked into our butties, fruit, and treats in the sunshine while we watched the crafts going on at tables all around us and work out what we fancied trying first!

There was an air-drying clay table which drew their attention first. The idea was to make little plaques with imprints of leaves and flowers which you could then hang in your garden. My lot just enjoyed mashing and bashing the clay. In the end it was my little Artist Tom who actually made something to bring home - a cut out of a leaf with a real leaf imprint. It's on my kitchen window ledge now drying off. George made something he insists is a snail (but actually looks like a poo), that's on the window ledge too. Jack wasn't bothered about making anything to bring home from that table - he was more worried about having clay all over his hands! They chose to skip the table where people were crocheting with plastic bags (shame, coz I fancied that one, but it was impossible with a grabby grabby Freddie in the sling) and went straight to the bottle painting table instead. Tom lost interest and wanted to run about for a while in the sun, but Jack and George poured metallic paint into little bottles and made pretty patterns with them. They are ALSO drying out in the kitchen and can be hung from our tree in a few days. They do look lovely!

Everything else what was going on was a little bit grown up for my lot - assorted talks and demonstrations - and since the weather was still amazing we skipped off to Fairfield Orchard instead and let the kids run round in the trees and long grass for a bit.

It was an AWESOME day! And they went to bed early, tired, and very very happy!



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