Category Archives: My children

Half term Printmaking workshop at old mill

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During the Half Term, I went to visit our local mill, Mill Green Museum with my daughters. There was an printmaking workshop  for  children.

2月の中間休みに、子供向けの版画ワークショップがある事を知り、子供たちと近所の気になっていたミル・グリーン博物館へ行きました。

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The mill has a long history. Originally a water mill was built this place around 1000 years ago. Current mill was built in 17 century, and it is still producing organic whole meal flour.

建物自体は17世紀に建てられたものですが、元々1000年以上前から粉挽き小屋があったそうです。今もここの水車小屋で粉を挽いて小麦粉を生産しています。

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When we went inside, a miller was busy working  and explaining the history of Mill Green to visitors. He also showed us the traditional methods of making flour, and how to control their wooden mill.

中に入ると、白い作業服を着たおじさんが忙しく働いていました。おじさんは丁寧に、この粉挽き小屋の歴史や仕組みを説明してくれました。

 

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It was really interesting to see all the mechanisms of mill. My children saw a water mill for the first time but they knew about it a little bit as they saw it in the film Stick Man.

子供たちは水車を見るのも初めてでした。水車は好きなアニメーションのStick Manにも出てくるので知っていましたが…

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I bought this too. I’m looking forward to making bread with this.  My friend told me that the Mill Green Loaves are sold in the local bakery. I like the idea of local people supporting this small local mill.

ここで売っている小麦です。この地域のパン屋さんは、この粉を作って焼いたパンも販売しています。地元の小規模な生産者が支え合っているのは素敵だなと思います。さて、私も強力粉を買ったのだけれどうまく焼けるかなぁ。

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Slime making

This week, we tried making slime for the first time. The recipe is from children’s craft magazine. I realised there are many lovely websites showing how to make slime, so I don’t compete with them but here is just a report from our creative day.

今週、娘たちとスライム作りに挑戦しました。娘のクラフトマガジンに載っていて、ずっと気になっていたのです。いざ始めると思ったより簡単でシンプル。調べると、いろんなサイトにスライムの作り方が紹介されていますので、ここでは我が家の体験記として書いておこうと思います。

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Ingredients are simple (as it’s a basic slime)

200ml PVA glue

1-2tsp Contact lens solution

1tsp bicarbonate of soda 

 

材料はこれだけ!

PVA液体のり(白いクラフト用ののり) 200ml

コンタクトレンズの洗浄液  小さじ1-2

ベーキングソーダ 大さじ1

 

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1. Mix glue and the bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.

のりとベーキングソーダを混ぜます。

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2. Add contact lens solution

コンタクトレンズ洗浄液を入れます。

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3. Mix very well. If it’s still sticky, add little bit more content lens solution.

よく混ぜます。まだベタベタくっつく場合は、コンタクトレンズ洗浄液を足しながら混ぜます。

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4. Many websites recommend to add food coloring, but we just added glitter.

食品の着色料で色付けもできますが、私たちはラメの粉を入れました。

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It’s funny texture and you can even make shapes!

粘土みたいに形も作れます。こねたり、伸ばしたり、何より感触が面白い!

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It’s very simple but my little ones enjoyed a lot with it :)

とにかく、きゃっきゃと大はしゃぎでした。今度は別のバージョンを作ってみたいと思っています。

 

Bedtime story

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I know it’s too late to say Happy New Year but this is my first post in 2019. I drew this in my sketchbook with colour pencils, after my children and my husband went to bed. It’s midnight and snowing outside. Probably I should go to bed soon!

気がつけば2月ですが、今年最初の投稿です。いつものようにスケッチブックに、家族が寝静まった後にこっそり描きました。もう夜中の12時、外は深々と雪が降っています。明日は忙しい金曜日。子供達が5時半にベッドに潜り込んでくるので、私ももうすぐ寝たほうが良さそうです。

Christmas..!

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For this Christmas, I printed 80 Christmas cards.

It was a lovely Christmas with our British family in Hertford. I have grown up in Japan and I have never experienced a Christmas like here this… especially for my daughters I can imagine how magical and dreamy event it is. So I understand why many adults get excited for Christmas like children.

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My 2 & 4 years old realised that elf was not in our flat after Christmas. They were talking to him almost every day. I’m sure he will come back next year.

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Pack lunch – bento

Last week, my daughter asked me to make a pack lunch for her. She normally have school lunch but I found “pack lunch” is very special for children after I talked with some mothers. I prepared ingredients on the day before and made her lunch next day in the morning. It was busy morning as my 2 years old was difficult too. But I made it to make my 4 years old happy.

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After school finished, my daughter smiled at me and proudly said she ate all her lunch, that made me really happy. But I said to her I can only do this once a week as I think doing this every morning would be stressful. Also every child has free school meal!

Next morning, when we went to the school, her teacher came to me and said “Hana’s mother, you put too much food in her lunch box. She doesn’t need that much. It has taken for one hour for her to finish eating…”. It seems making pack lunch is easier than I thought if I can make only small amount.