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Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

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Hello my dears! This post is somewhat late but I did promise you some photos from our trip to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World so here goes!

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There is something magical about these beautiful creatures and I love having the opportunity to be so close to them.

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The range of shapes and colours was just breathtaking…

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And the flora was equally dazzling with tropical blooms all around.

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The staff were wonderful, eager to share their knowledge and get the little people involved.

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They also had minibeast and reptile handling, which the Little Man loved!

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My favourite thing was that you could literally stand and watch the birth of a new butterfly emerging from its chrysalis (truly awe inspiring).

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And, of course, when I stood still long enough then I was lucky enough to get up really close and personal. Love it!

And do you want to know the very best thing about this place?

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The Butterfly World is situated on the same site as Dobbie’s Garden Centre so you can take a break and get some sustenance before returning to the green house. How good is that?! (Oh, and expect to see my attempt to recreate this coffee delight sometime in the not too distant future!).
Back soon! x

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The Easter Bonnet

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A beautiful bowl full of crafty, eggy goodness. The Little Man and I had a wonderful time gluing, sticking, glittering and painting these little polystyrene balls. The glitter has been an especially big hit but he also enjoyed using the metallic marker pens that we recently acquired. I personally love the metallic painted eggs. Simple and elegant, I could look at them all day. But of course, these delights were destined for a higher purpose – to adorn the Little Man’s first Easter Bonnet.

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Our cling film painting made an excellent base which was to be decorated with our eggs and some Easter themed critters – two bunnies and a chick.

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Et voilà! One Easter bonnet for an excited boy. It lacks the finesse of many but it does reflect a lot of effort on the part of my Little Man.

Happy Easter everyone! x

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Painting with Cling Film

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It’s Easter bonnet time here on Rosy Hill. The Little Man has a parade on Thursday so we’ve been painting, sticking and glittering like crazy! Still only 2, the Little Man is not particularly interested in reaching a particular outcome with his creative endeavours but he is interested in exploring new ways of expressing himself/making a mess! I try to introduce a variety of materials and techniques to have a go with.

As his concentration is limited when it comes to art the bonnet will be simple with the opportunity to use as many different items from the craft box as possible. As ever, the internet is full of inspiration and today’s task was painting with cling film (plastic wrap)  from Bare Feet on the Dash Board.

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We began by squirting some paint in spring like colours over some cardboard before covering it with cling film (ours was actually a clean used sandwich bag). The boy then got stuck in, squishing and swirling the paint around. Every time he touched the plastic he’d look at his hands, expecting them to be covered in paint. Bless him.
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The idea is that this technique is relatively ‘mess free’ but the fun that came after certainly was not! Once the plastic was removed the Little Man spent ages squishing, squeezing and splatting the paint around. The glee on his face was incredible! Such simple pleasures.
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