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On the farm…

I have been a poorly one all week, so we thought about what would cheer me up and what would make Thom grin and we decided to have….

FARM WEEKEND!

On Saturday we visited Heeley City Farm. It was the first time we had visited and it will certainly not be our last. It was brilliant!  It is a wind and sun powered mini farm and provides environmental, health, food and farming education to school children and visitors.  It does incrediable community work.  For more information please visit their website http://www.heeleyfarm.org.uk/ and/or read their Wiki…

Farm Weekend

The staff were really friendly and we got to say a close up hello to a happy chicken

Farm Weekend

The chickens and cockerels were Thom’s favourite animals, although he liked the noises the pigs made and did a very good impression of them.

Farm Weekend

We were lucky to see this peacock fan his tail feathers

Farm Weekend

Thom liked it when mummy and baby nuzzled

Farm Weekend

The setting of Heeley City Farm is really pretty.

We had a very yummy snack at the farm’s vegetarian and vegan café

vegetarian and vegan café

Luckily Thom is happy to share

Farm Weekend

He liked sitting in the tractor…

Farm Weekend

And playing in the park…

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

This farm is free to visit and the cafe is very affordable.  Thom was so happy he said his second ever two word sentence…”Bob-Bye Chickens”

The next day we carried on our theme, with apricot wheats for breakfast…they look like mini hay bales…Again, we had quite a lot of farm themed toys and puzzles, so I put them altogether in our lounge for a few hours of fun…

Farm weekend

We have some beautifully hand knitted and crocheted fruits and vegetables that Mrs Moz and Grandma Needles made for Thom….The banana even has a zip!  I popped them in a crate for our little Farmer’s market

Farm Weekend

We had farm related books and puzzles…

Farm Weekend

I made cards with words and pictures of animals for Thom to play with, and plastic backed fruits and veggies…

Farm Weekend

The hen house…

Farm Weekend

The sheep pen (with Mooie the cow)

Farm Weekend

I made a cow shed for Mooie out of a Huggies wipes box, made cow patterned bunting and used Thom’s JCB toy as a tractor…

Farm Weekend

We had a lovely tea, with fresh fruits and vegetables (and pizza….)

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Thom loved his corn…

Farm Weekend

Then we read books, sang Old MacDonald, looked back through our farm photographs from the day before and watched Baby Einstein- Old MacDonald until bedtime…

Farm Weekend

Farm Weekend

Hoorah for fun on the farm x

Brighter breakfasts…

Breakfast today was an important one for the people of the Button household.  We finished up our eggs…the last we intend to buy from a supermarket.  To mark the occasion I made veggie bacon and egg toast cups and they were very yummy indeed.

 

In future our much reduced consumption of eggs shall come from a local lady’s chickens.  She lives not too far away and keeps chickens and goats.  We will be able to potter down with Thom and point and smile at the chickens, then take a half dozen eggs from the bottom of her drive and leave a pound coin in the bucket…like a secret drug drop, but with eggs.  Mr Snuffbox (affectionately known as Uncle Queenie after today’s mix up around cake naming) has been fundamental in the set up of operation egg. He reliably informs us that the eggs will all be of different sizes and colours and we shall see for ourselves the happy conditions under which the chickens are kept.  This sudden wake up call was brought to me by the extremely beautifully written and informative Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.  I’m only on page 63 and can’t wait to read the whole thing, after which I may just read it all again.

Love x