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Bunty Goes On A Book Hunt

DSC01500Hello, I have been on another adventure, this time to Birmingham. I like going to Birmingham because I get to ride on the train.
I went to see if I could find all the book benches on the book bench trail. They were dotted all over Birmingham, so it was a very big hop and I didn’t get to see them all, some people were sitting on some of them and I was too tired to go to the Jewellery Quarter.

I hopped off the train at Moor Street station and hopped straight to Waterstones which is a very big book shop, there were so many books I could have stayed there all day, but I had come to find the benches not look at books. I had to hop up and down all the floors until I found the first one which was called The Day The Crayons Quit it had big crayons drawn on it. The next one was called The Magical World of Reading and it was all dark colours with animals, I liked the lion.  I hopped to another floor and found We All Shine Together, that one had lot’s of little pictures in it, there was Cat in the Hat, Gruffalo, The Hobbit, Mr Men and lot’s of other ones. Then I found Animals in Children’s Literature, I couldn’t see the bench very well as teddy and bunny were resting on it and they were very tired and didn’t want to move, they had found all of the benches and told me it was a lot of hopping.  I couldn’t find The Marvel-ous Comic Bookbench.

I then hopped to Millennium Point which is a great big museum, I have never been inside the museum I have only ever been in the open part, I must try and visit it. There were 11 benches here and when I had looked at them I had to hop to The Custard Factory and Zellig. I thought I could try custard at the factory, but they don’t make it there any more, it’s now all pretty shops and works of art. There were 11 benches here too.

The next stop was Grand Central where there was one by the food court, but people were sat on it so I couldn’t see it and  in a place called Foyles and two were in John Lewis. The first one Bad-End-Night was easy to find, but the second one Take a leaf out of our book took me ages to find. When I was just about to give up I spotted it hiding by some big beanbags and a fluffy rug.

Then I hopped to a place called the Mailbox to look for the BBC. I didn’t think they would be able to put a bench in a postbox because I have seen people put letters into a postbox and they are not very big. But the mailbox is a big building with shops in it. I found the BBC and looked at the benches and had a little hop around to look at all the other things in there, they had a dalek and the TARDIS.

Next it was a big hop to the Library, there are lot’s of floors so it took me a long time to find all of the benches. I had to use an exculater  which made me feel all funny, I thought it was going to eat me when I got to the top, but it didn’t. The last place I hopped to was the Museum where I had to find 24 benches.

I felt very tired by the time I found the last one, I had been hopping from 9.30 until 4. So I hopped back onto the train and came home.

Keep hopping

Love Bunty

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Bunty Goes to Pentewan

DSC00161Hello,
I have been on another adventure, this time to a place called Pentewan in Cornwall. On the afternoon that I got there I hopped from the site into the village of Pentewan, I had to hop along St. Austell river where a lot of dogs were playing in the river, they didn’t want to stop and chat, they were having too much fun in the water. The river ran through a wood which was very pretty and I heard lots of birds but I couldn’t see any of them. When I got to the village I had a little look around, it is very pretty and has a little harbour, then I hopped to the beach which has some very big rocks all different colours, The sea was coming in so I couldn’t stay long, By the time I had hopped back through the woods I was very tired, so I had a carrot and went to bed.

My first full day was very busy, first of all I hopped to a beach called Hemmick beach to watch the big waves, they made a big roaring sound and big crashy bangy sounds as they hit the rocks. I was the only one on the beach, I had it all to myself, I hopped up and down and splashed in the sea.

Next I hopped along the St. Austell river again but this time the other way to St Austell. This time I had to hop along the river and through some woods and past a sewerage works which was very smelly. On this hop I met Spot the pig and The Girls who were chickens. First of all I talked to The Girls, that’s what they told me their names were when I asked them. They told me they lived in the big field with Spot and liked it there because they could watch the people walking past. Just then Spot came slowly walking up the field, Spot was a very big pig, I asked him if the chickens were really called The Girls and told me that when their people mommy came she called Spot and Girls so they must be. I wanted to go to the brewery where they make beer. I had to hop up a very big hill, and when I got there all the places on the tour had gone! So I just had a look at the museum, then hopped all the way back again.

Next I had a hop around a lovely little village called Mevagissey it has a lovely harbour with lots of boats. All the streets are really little and windy with lots of little shops, I brought my people brother a Cornish pasty with eyes, hee-hee it was very silly. I meet a cat called fluff who told me how she loved living by the sea and how sometimes the fishermen would give her bits of fish, then I hopped to another beach called Porthpean, I had this beach all to myself too. It had a little waterfall and lots of rock pools. I played at building fairy stacks and built one bigger than me.

On my way back to camp I hopped back to Pentewan beach to watch the army practicing with their landing ships, they are very big and it was very exciting, some of the ships had big ramps on the back and they dropped them down into the sea then big funny looking cars came out of the back, right into the sea! I enjoyed watching them, but it was only playing I don’t think I would like it if it was for real.

By this time I was very tired, so I hopped back for bed.

The next day I decided to hop to The Lost Gardens Of Hegelian, from the camp I had to hop up a very big hill to get there through lots of trees. The gardens are very big and made in lots of sections so first I went to look at the northern gardens, here I hopped around Flora’s garden, I looked at the mound which was just a big hill that you are not alone to hop on, the summer-house with its lovely little pool, the Crystal Grotto which wasn’t shiny at all, the wishing well, the flower garden but all the flowers were dying, the sundial garden with had a lovely big lawn, the Italian Garden had a pool too, my favorite was the vegetable garden, it had great big pumpkins and a very funny scarecrow. I then hopped on to see the hide, and the Emu’s and hopped down Sunken Lane which was very steep, it had warnings at the top telling you not to go down if you felt unwell, I felt fine so I hopped down and looked at the charcoal Klins, then I had to hop back up a hill to look at the Charcoal Sculpture. Next it was my favorite garden, the Jungle. It had a very big pool and lots of very big trees which I had to hop through then I had to hop over stepping-stones and go over the Burma rope bridge, I was a little bit scared because it was so high up and bouncy. I remembered what my people mommy had told me a long time ago, take a deep breath, think of something nice and just do it. Then feel very pleased with yourself that you have done something you never thought you would. I then went to look at the insect hotel, it was very nice with lots of places for the bugs to live. The last part of the garden was called the woodland sculptures, here I had to find three sculptures. The first one I hopped past and had to go back, it was the Grey Lady, she is made of twigs and very hard to see, the next is the Mud Maid, she looks like she is fast asleep, I didn’t want to wake her up so I was very quiet as I hopped passed, the last one was the Giant’s head, he looked very friendly. I learned about witches broom which is a little bush that grows around the middle of a tree, and botanist love this because they can grown lots of bonsai trees from them. Bonsai are little trees and botanists are people who know a lot about plants. I then hopped into Mevagissey to look at the boats and watch the seagulls playing. I was very tired as I had hopped about 7 miles and my paws were very hot, so I got on the bus back to camp and had a carrot.

The next day I hopped to St. Mawes, it has a harbour, there are a lot of harbours in Cornwall because there are a lot of fishermen, they must really like to eat fish, as I hopped along the seawall I met a gull who asked me what I had been doing and what I had seen while I had been in Cornwall I told him all the things I had seen and he told me that I should visit St. Just and look at the church yard as the guide books say it is the prettiest church yard in the whole of the UK. I thought I would take a look because I have seen lots of church yards. OH MY it is beautiful, it is very big and full of trees and plants, with pools and little waterfalls all around the graves and it is right by the river. The church is right in the middle and that is very pretty too, there’s also a well with holy water, I didn’t touch it because the sign said it wasn’t safe.

Then I hopped to Charles Town, there are lots of old tall ships here, the ones like pirates used in the olden days. I watched some people moving sacks and boxes and long pieces of rope around and I asked one of the white birds what was going on and he told me they were getting ready to film a TV program called Poldark. It was all very exciting, I wonder what it is like to be on TV and be famous. Then it was time for a carrot and bed.

The next day I hopped to the Minack Theatre, it was very tall. I felt like I was going to fall down when I was at the top. It was built by a lady called Rowena Cade and her gardener.
In 1929 some people put on a play called A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the garden and everyone enjoyed it so much that they wanted to do another one and they wanted to do The Tempest. That’s a play with the sea in it, Rowena thought it would be more fun to have the play by the sea, so she built the theatre into the rocks. She had to carry big bags of sand right from the bottom of the cliffs to the top and did nearly all of the digging and building herself even though she wasn’t young, I think she must have been a wonderful person. After that I hopped to Black Point to have a look at the lighthouse. You can’t get very near to it because it belongs to The National trust and it was closed, so I hopped back for a carrot.

On my last day I did a coastal hopped from Pentewan to Mevagissey. First I had to hop up a little hill, then down a big slope with  lot’s of slippery stones on on the path, then over a little bridge, then up the biggest hill, it just kept going up and up and up. My little legs went all wobbly. Then I had to hop up some wooden steps which wasn’t too bad, I then hopped through a field and then OH so many steps going down and down, then up and up. I had to stop for a little sit down and a look at the sea. I still had away to hop, so I started again, up another big hill then between some trees, I was just about to have another rest when I saw Mevagissey and deiced to hop on down the hill. When I got to the bottom I sat by the harbour and watched the seagulls diving for their supper, I wanted my supper, so I hopped back to camp.

Then it was time to come home.

Keep Hopping
Love Bunty

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Bunty Gets A New Friend

Hello, I am so excited to tell you about my new friend, he is called Alan and Alan came to stay at our home this week. He say’s he is not too sure how long he will stay, but he is enjoying his holiday with us.

I did ask him if he wanted to sleep in my room, but he said he was quite happy outside and he had found a cozy spot behind the green house. I like having new friends.

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Love Bunty

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Bunty goes to Goodwood and the New Forest

goodwood 022 Hello I have been on another adventure,
this time to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. There were lot’s and lots of cars of all sorts. Some were very old and some were called racing cars and they made ever such a loud roaring noise when the engines were started up. I think I liked the hippy AA van the best, it was covered all over with flowers. There were lot’s of little stalls to look at and lot’s of places to have a little rest, which was just as well because it was a very big place to hop around. I looked at all of the cars and listen to the music I was getting tired so I went to the hotel. The hotel was called The Crown and it was in a village called Lyndhurst. I have never stayed in a hotel before, I had to hop up a lot of steps to get to my room as it was on the first floor. My room had a very big bed with very big pillows and a little bathroom just for me, there was a kettle with little packets of tea and coffee and biscuits. When I looked out of the window I could see into a shop that had lots of things to do with Alice in Wonderland. Then I found out that in the church is the grave of Alice Liddell, who was the little girl who Lewis Carroll wrote about when he wrote Alice in Wonderland, although the name on the grave says Mrs. Reginald Hargreaves, because that was Alice’s name when she grew up and got married. I decided it would be nice to go and see if I could find the grave and when I did I was quite surprise, it only had a little plaque on the floor, but the grave was covered in red and white roses. I like Alice in Wonderland because it has a white rabbit in it, just like me. But I don’t run everywhere saying I am late.

I went into the forest and found the ponies, they are very beautiful but you are not allowed to feed them so I couldn’t share my carrots with them. They can only eat what they find in the forest because other food makes them poorly. They were busy eating their tea and taking naps so I didn’t bother them.

On my way home I hopped to Mudeford and had a little hop on the beach and down the quay where all the little birds were playing in the lobster pots and making a noise. They told me they liked it in the pot because there were little bit’s of fish and bugs to eat and sometimes the people who ate in the cafes threw them bits to eat.

I also hopped to see Salisbury cathedral, which is very big. My people brother has a tile on the roof here with his name on. When he was little and he had been on holiday with my people mommy and daddy they visited this cathedral on the way home and the roof was being repaired. If people wanted they could buy a tile and engrave their names on it and it was put on the roof. So people mommy and daddy had one done for my people brother. I went to have a look at the Magna Carta which was written a very long time ago in 1215 by King John and it is still used today to help make the laws.
Then it was time to hop home

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love Bunty

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Bunty makes Hot Cross Buns

bunnybuns 007Hello, I have been baking, as it is nearly Easter I thought it would be nice to bake some Hot Cross Buns.
I needed
1lb Strong White Flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
2oz-60g sugar
1oz, (30g) of fresh yeast or ½oz active dry yeast
6 fl oz warm milk
1 beaten egg
6oz – 60g mixed fruit

2 tablespoons of sugar dissolved in 2 tablespoons of warm milk.

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Because I was using dried yeast I had to make it come alive by mixing it with a little of the warmed milk and a teaspoon of the sugar and leave it in a warm place to bubble. So if you are using dried yeast do this first.

Then I had to mix the flour and the spices together, the spices smelt lovely, then I had to rub in the butter until it went all crumbly. Then I added the sugar and gave it a good stir. (If you are using fresh yeast you now have to mix one teaspoon of the sugar into the yeast and the n mix in the milk). Next I had to mix the egg, milk and yeast into the flour and mix it all together.

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Next I had to put some flour on a board and tip the dough out and knead it, this means squeezing and pulling it until it is nice and smooth. This was lots of fun, then I had to pop it back into the bowl and cover it over with cling film and leave it in a warm place for 1 hour…
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…and it grows, look at how big it got. Next I had to pop the dough onto the board and knead in the fruit until it was all used up
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and make into a sausage shape then I cut it into 12 pieces and rolled them into cake shapes. I had to use a very shape knife to cut a cross shape into the top.  (Hot cross buns have icing crosses on them now but this is an old recipe and the crosses were made differently then).bunnybuns 005

I put them on a try and covered them again and again they had to be left this time for 25 minutes. So I lit the oven on gas mark 6 400 °f  200°c. After the 25 minutes the buns went into the oven for 18 minutes, then I had to paint them with the sugar and milk and put them back into the oven for 2 minutes. When the buns were cooked I left them to cool.
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They were yum

Keep hopping love Bunty

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There now I am ready for another adventure

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Bunty goes to Harvington Hall

Hello,
I have been on a hop to Harvington Hall; Harvington Hall is a very old house with a little garden. First I hopped around the garden and said hello to the ducks that were having a little rest on the bank. They told me they were waiting for their dinner, some of the ducks must have thought they said dinner was here because all of a sudden they all started to quack and chase each other around. Then I went for a hop around the house, some of the rooms had pretend food and dead rabbits hanging from the ceiling, I didn’t like that bit! But it was to show you what the house would have been like when people lived there. In the house there were little hiding places, some people called them hides and other people call them priest holes. There were tiny little rooms hidden behind panels and in the roof for priest to hide in when the government came looking for them, because the government didn’t like the Catholic priests to take services and would chase them and then put them in jail or worse. I don’t think they were a very nice government.

There were some very old paintings on the walls too but they were hard to see, one was of a mermaid and some others were called Worthies, there are 11 Worthies and people had to pick 9 to have in their houses, I think they were pictures of very good people.

Then I had a hop around the old chapel which was used as a school too. There were a lot of steps to hop up and down and I was very tired, so I went home to tell my people all about the hop.

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