A LITTLE BACKGROUND To begin with, I would like to express how infinitely grateful I am for having a garden! I love that we can step out into our own tiny little corner of the great outdoors. We can use it at any time of day and in any way we want, while showing some … More Paradise Lost… and Regained? A Tale of Two Gardens
As mentioned previously, we’ve just moved out of the static caravan which has been our home for nearly a year, and into a little house. We’re actually still in the process of moving, as we still have some cleaning out etc to do. The other day, as Daddy Penguin had a day off work, we … More Back to the Beach, by Bus!
I actually didn’t think we’d be getting any snow this year, in our corner of the English South coast. We’d just about got to the end of February without more than one light dusting, but then we were hit! ‘The Beast from the East’ struck, with snowfall and cold temperatures, and to Penguin’s delight we … More The Snow is Melting… Let’s Make Our Own Snow (safe to eat & coconut scented)!
On Sunday we went for a walk around the Sissinghurst castle gardens and surrounding estate. We go there now and then, as it’s fairly close to where we live, and it’s a great place to hang out for some fresh air and a fix of nature’s glories. At the moment their is some work being … More A Sunday Walk at Sissinghurst
It’s sometimes said that autistic children don’t know how to play, or that they don’t like to play. However, play is such a wide concept, and in truth there are only some of the aspects of play which are commonly problematic for children with autism. What is Play? The definitions of ‘play’ are broad and … More Penguin Plays: Sensory Play with Gelli Play & Slime Play
On Sunday we went to Port Lympne. We’ve visited it a couple of times before, and as I wrote about in a post from our last visit, it’s not ‘just’ the amazing animals there that make it a wonderful place to visit, but also the impressive gardens around the manor house (which serves as hotel … More The Wonders of Water
As I was publishing my previous post the other day, on nature as ‘sensory room’, I realised that a large part of my examples of sensory rich nature experiences were from the seaside. Not so surprising perhaps. Just to stand on a beach, looking out across the eternity of glimmering water, hearing the rythmical swooshing … More “Beside the side of the silvery sea…”
When Penguin was younger, we sometimes visited a place that had a ‘Sensory Room’, also known as ‘Snoezelen’. In hindsight, we could have got so much more out of those visits if we’d been guided by an occupational therapist on how to make the most of it all, but at the time I didn’t know … More On nature as ”Sensory Room”
Yesterday, we made these Queen of Hearts tarts, based on a recipe from the BBC children’s tv show ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’. These are easy to make, quite plain, and filled with whichever red jam you like best. As you might know from our recent post about making Merengue Snowmen, ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’ is … More Baking Queen of Hearts tarts, like on ‘Big Cook, Little Cook’
Scotney Castle is a National Trust property located near Lamberhurst in Kent. The main building at the property is a grand 19th Century country house, set in a large, romantically landscaped garden and surrounding estate. The remains of the Old Scotney Castle, which dates back to the 14 Century, has been kept as a ‘folly’ and … More Penguin goes to… Scotney Castle!