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Mr Nicholls' Blog

This is the place to find out about some of the things that Mr Nicholls has got up to during lockdown. Lockdown has not been easy for many people, but I hope that some of the fun I've had making the best of the time with my family inspires your own mini adventures!

Reading

This has been a great opportunity to catch up on some reading, both for me and with my children.

My 8 year old and I are reading Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. It's a spell binding story of a two children escaping Tibet to get help from the Dalai Lama. I have also been reading Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome with my 9 year old - a favourite from my own childhood.

For myself, I have been reading Expedition by Steve Backshall. I also like to listen to audio books whilst out running and have recently finished Becoming by Michelle Obama and Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougal. I'm now listening to Born to Run, also by Christopher McDougal.

What are you reading at the moment?

Where is the strangest place you have read a book?

Cooking

I love to cook (and eat!). We've had lots of fun in our house trying new and interesting recipes:

Damper Bread - wrapped around sticks and cooked over the firepit.

Curry - cooked in a pot on the fire. 

Stuffed pasta - homemade pasta with lots of different fillings. Fiddly but yum!

Homemade pizzas

Smores cooked in a Solar Oven - inspired by Let's Go Live

What meals have you helped to cook?

What new food have you tried during lockdown?

The Easter Holidays

My Easter holiday highlights were bike rides and runs with my girls, building shelters in the garden and even getting to make a zip line for a teddy bear! I also got to sleep out twice - once in a tent and the second time under the stars so that I could see the meteor shower. It was fairly cold, but amazing to see lots of constellations, shooting stars and even some satellites - all from the garden in Nottingham!

We have also done a bit of gardening, planting lots of seeds using recycled juice and milk cartons to hold the compost. Hopefully we will have a bumper crop of sweet pea flowers, sunflowers, runner beans, marrows, carrotts and potatoes.

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