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Monday, 8 August 2016

Word of the Week: Outdoors

Well what a fantastic week we have had. The sunshine returned just in time for our trip to the coast and so we have spent most of our time OUTDOORS with family and friends.


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We have built sandcastles and "caught" a giant fish in Whitby; walked the Stickman Trail in the Dalby Forest; fed the goats at Playdale Farm Park in Scarborough; and we finished off the week with a BBQ in the garden.

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Of course, we have read many books too and Izzie (4) has now completed the Library's Big Friendly Read, Summer Challenge. Here were her six choices:

1. Wolfish Stew - Suzi Moore and Erica Salcedo
2. The Queen's Orang-utan - David Walliams and Tony Ross
3. Pass It On - Sophy Henn
4. The Mouse Who Reached The Sky - Petr Horacek
5. Wanted Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar - Emily Mackenzie
6. Alfie Outdoors - Shirley Hughes

One of our favourite books has been “Alfie Outdoors”. Written and illustrated by the incredible Shirley Hughes, this lovely picture book is part of a series of books about a little boy called Alfie and his family. In this story Alfie discovers all the fun he can have outdoors. From digging in the vegetable patch to bug hunting, this book has it all. There are also some beautiful pictures of goats which coincidentally fitted in with our own trip to the farm. We think "Alfie Outdoors" makes the perfect read for a sunny day in the garden.


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What have you been up to this week? Have you had any adventures outdoors?


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44 comments:

  1. We have Alfie Outdoors, it's a great story for showing children that they don't need toys to have fun :o)

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    1. yes fantastic Catherine and aren't the pictures beautiful? :) #readwithme

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  2. I love Alfie stories. What is the one called about the stone? I shall have to look it up. What a great week we had xxxxxxx

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    1. ooh yes, I'll have to go and find it...

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  3. Well done for completing the library challenge, all great book choices too! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. Thank you, I'll let Izzie know :) She loves her medal! Thank you for hosting as always #readwithme

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  4. Looks like you had a fun week! And met a Gruffalo! Congrats on completing the library challenge too! #readwithme

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    1. Hi Kim, thank you, this is actually the Gruffalo's Child :) If you look closely she's holding Stick Man! #readwithme

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  5. Well done on completing the library challenge already. My boys are only on book2, (probably because they have been busy reading review books). And I love the fish you made #readwithme

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    1. Aw I'll have to check out their reviews. Are they enjoying getting their Roald Dahl cards? #readwithme

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  6. Thanks for sharing your wonderful week! We went camping last week and it was nice to take a break and focus on family. Love the idea of a reading list - we used to go to the library quite often but have gotten out of the habit of it. Thank you for the reminder to return to reading new (to us) books!
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    Tori @ The Mama Nurse

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    1. Family time is the best. We haven't been camping yet, one for our bucket list :) Thank you for stopping by #KCACOLS

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  7. I used to love the Alfie books, and all the other Shirley Hughes books, when my kids were little. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories are so true to life. Well done to Izzie for completing her Summer Reading Challenge!

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    1. Thank you Sarah. She is VERY pleased with her medal! The illustrations are beautiful,especially the goats in this one!!

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  8. What a lovely week! We love the Stick Man trail in our local forest, so thanks for reminding me about it, something to add to the list for the holidays! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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    1. Aw yes always such a lovely walk, where is the trail by you? #wotw

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  9. Sounds like a brilliant week. We have enjoyed the Stick Man trails close to us.
    #countrykids

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    1. It really appeals to the little ones' imaginations doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by! #readwithme

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  10. Can't bet a spot of good weather when you are by the coast. I love your giant fish, that must have taken some time to build so big. I shall have to look out for Alfie Outdoors too, it is so very Country Kids!

    Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thank you for hosting #countrykids - The fish took a while, especially as Izzie insisted on washing the stones first!!

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  11. My eldest loves the Alfie books and I'm so glad because they are wonderful books. It sounds like you had an amazing week, I might try and get to the Stick Man trail too.
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    1. Oh yes do, a lovely day out. Not too far either :) #readwithme

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  12. Sounds like a perfect week for any child, being outdoors! We are yet to to the Stickman Trails in our wood, it's pencilled in for later in the week.
    what a huge fish, too. Very impressive!!
    #CountryKids

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    1. Did you get to do the trail Tracey? I hope so! #countrykids

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  13. Ahh I loved the Alfie and Annie Rose books as a child! Will have to find some for my children! x #KCACOLS

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    1. Oh yes do, timeless stories and lovely illustrations :) Thank you for stopping by #KCACOLS

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  14. The library challenge is fantastic! I know so many people who have a Gruffalo this summer too. I'm missing out #KCACOLS

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    1. Is there a trail by you? The reading challenge has been brilliant! Thank you for stopping by :) #KCACOLS

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  15. Well done on completing the library challenge! Your giant fish is really cool - I'm never creative enough to think of making something like that when out and about #kcacols

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    1. Little secret - it started as a castle... ended up as a fish... lol!! Thank you for stopping by! #KCACOLS

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  16. Looks like a fab week - I absolutely adore Whitby...sandcastles there would be the perfect afternoon. Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS hope you come back again next Sunday! x

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    1. Thanks for co-hosting Bridie! Can't beat a seaside hol with little ones :)

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  17. Alfie outdoors is such a lovely book, it's one of my faves. It sounds like you guys had a wonderful week! Love the fish, hehe. #CountryKids

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    1. Thanks Sarah. Hope you had a great week too :)

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  18. This sounds like such fun! I love Whitby! & I love your pebble fish! My two would really like to see the Gruffalo's Child. #KCACOLS

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    1. It was a great few days! I certainly recommend the trail. Thanks for popping by :)

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  19. Wow what a fun filled week or gorgeous outdoors activities. So lovely when the weather is obliging...and I love that fish! #KCACOLS

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    1. We were very lucky with the weather :) The fish was great as the little ones kept knocking over the sandcastles! Thank you for your comments #KCACOLS

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  20. Wow what a great week, sounds brilliant! Well done to Izzie for completing the Summer Reading Challenge, my eldest is doing it now :) #countrykids

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    1. Hope your eldest is enjoying it too :) Thank you for stopping by #countrykids

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  21. This looks lovely - I definitely feel like i need to plan in a few more outdoor activities soon!! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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    1. We were very lucky with the weather :) Thank you for co-hosting :)

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  22. Love the fish - great idea!! We have a copy of Alfie outdoors too it's one of Mobkeys favourites! #CountryKids

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    1. Thank you, it was good fun and got everyone involved. Glad you are Alfie fans too!

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