Gluten free pancakes.

Edinburgh is an absolute treasure trove for the gluten free visitor, as we discovered whilst undertaking our usual pre holiday search for GF friendly eateries. Our first visit has been to Loudons.

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Eldest wanted pancakes and Loudons did not disappoint . The Gluten free option was banana and cinnamon pancakes, at £9.95 a little pricey but well worth it for taste and portion size. The menu description read “Homemade vegan and gluten free banana & cinnamon pancakes topped with banana, vegan chocolate sauce, toasted hazelnuts and icing sugar”.
When they arrived the plate and contents were huge and smelled beautiful. Both kids enjoyed them and, thanks to the portion size, were happy to share with parents.
We would definately recommend Loudons and may revisit before our trip is over. Loudons can be found at 94B Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA. Their website at http://loudons.co.uk/eating-in-edinburgh/ has the full menu. #glutenfree

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On the road.

It is finally here. Our long awaited Scottish holiday. We are on the second day of our journey and should arrive in Edinburgh later today. Last night we stopped over at a site that I shall not name. The site itself was basic and really well kept. Unfortunately it was only a hundred metres from the motorway. It actually felt as if the HGVs were in the caravan with us. After a night with very little sleep we are now on the road again and heading to our final, quieter destination.

The Medicinal Cannabis breakthrough.

The stories of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell have resonance for me because of the ongoing struggle of one of our children with epilepsy. Although there is still a long way to go, medication has already had a major effect on his seizures and there are more medications to try. We are lucky. We have hope that his condition can at some point in the future be fully controlled. Epilepsy is a life altering and often disabling condition which is potentially life threatening, particularly if left untreated. I cannot bear to think what the situation would have been for our son had he not been put on anti seizure medication immediately after that first major seizure. As i have watched the story of Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell’s fight I have imagined that being my child refused his anti seizure medication. The condition is difficult enough to control as it is without obstacles being put in the way.

It takes roughly three months to build up and adapt to the levels of each anti seizure medication tried. There are lots of medications for lots of different seizure types. Some children take combinations of medications for their different seizures. It is a painfully long process during which many children lose time out of their lives. Our son has tried two medications in the year since diagnosis. He is about to try a third medication to supplement one that he is now settled on, as some seizures still remain uncontrolled. The children in the news and many others like them in the UK will have been going through this process for a very long time, repeatedly trying medications that have not worked. Not only will the medications have not worked, but they may well have caused increased seizure activity and other detrimental side effects along the way. The need for Medicinal Cannabis has come, for these children, at the end of that long and painful road.

It seems that medicinal cannabis is mixed up in the politics of drug abuse and this alone appears to have been the issue. It doesn’t really make sense to me considering that certain painkillers are still prescribed, (quite rightly), despite the fact that some people end up addicted to them.
Hopefully, the announcement by the Home Secretary will mean that people with illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy will now have the chance to improve their lives and have a better future.

And perhaps the politicians and doctors will act quickly now and make this drug available easily on the NHS for those who need it as it should have been available for a long time.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/26/billy-can-live-a-normal-life-families-react-to-medicinal-cannabis-move

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/26/medicinal-cannabis-how-two-heartbreaking-cases-helped-change-law

DAWLISH.

The snow bomb cleared and our slightly delayed fortnight in Devon began. In March various holiday parks offer breaks on their holiday parks for silly prices and quite rightly we have taken advantage. We settled into our daily routine pretty quickly ; Up late, breakfast, table work , out exploring, then back to the caravan to sit on our bums and chill.

I am continuing to work on knitting the poncho that I wish I had never started. The pattern for Twin Peaks gloves became far more appealing ten rows in. But I have started now so no going back.

We are staying on a site in Dawlish, so our first day was spent down at the sea front exploring and playing spot the flood. Dawlish is well known for it’s black swans.

Sadly we haven’t come across any yet. Perhaps they have gone on holiday too. However on the bank of the river (Dawlish Water) running up the centre of Dawlish , is a little bird sanctuary. Youngest was really impressed by the different breeds of waterfowl. Even eldest gave it more than a cursory glance.

We bought sausage rolls from the best shop in Dawlish, the amazing Gay’s Creamery.

Two of the best ever sausage rolls were sixty pence and their ice cream is unbeatable. They sell everything else that you would want as a tourist, hence the size of the shop.

Dawlish is the perfect place for an out of season break. If you are looking for somewhere quiet(ish) but with plenty to see and do, Dawlish is for you.

We went to Dawlish Warren beach today, fun even in March.

CRUMBLE.

We are still working our way through the masses of crumble made by eldest this week with a little help from youngest.

The recipe we used is below:

3 cooking apples

75g brown sugar

250g Gluten Free Plain flour

150g caster sugar

150g butter.
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We eat gluten free and so this is a Gluten Free recipe. The flour we use is Doves Farm Gluten Free Flour.

One was made with rhubarb, which i love, but everyone else hates, so i got most of it. We have one left. It is sat in the oven at the moment and i can smell it.

 

 

World Book Day. Jaqueline Wilson.

Youngest loves the Jacqueline Wilson books. Diamond Girls has been read so many times that her paper back version is now falling apart and she has now started on the hardback edition found in the local charity shop.

_20180302_1701031587030715.jpgWe got a job lot of Jaqueline Wilson books from a friend a while ago and youngest is gradually working her way through them.

Yesterday for World Book Day she decided to dress as one of the characters from Double Act. It is one of her favorite books at the moment. I say one of her favorites, as she is currently reading three titles at the same time. She spent the morning yesterday finishing off colouring in an old t shirt donated by eldest so she could dress as one of the twins in the story. She loves the fact that they are twins and yet they are so different. Jacqueline Wilson’s books are aimed at three different age groups, so when buying the books be aware of this. Her books include lots of different life experiences such as friendships, divorce, adoption and death, introduced to readers as part of the stories. The books with a historical background such as Hetty Feather are sat on our bookshelf waiting to be read. Youngest enjoyed learning about the Victorians last year so this is bound to be a hit too.

Youngest read Daydreams and diaries a while ago and learned all about young Jaqueline’s childhood and her desire to become a writer. It has inspired youngest who is currently working on her first story on her quest to be a writer too.

 

Coding.

A while back we obtained a Raspberry Pi, ready programmed and complete with keyboard and monitor. I pulled it down from the loft a couple of weeks ago and youngest has been getting to grips with Scratch. So far she has dabbled with movement, speech and background.download (3)

It is a very easy programming tool for kids. Coding animations, games and interactive stories. Using drag and drop comands to make a script , the characters can be programmed to interact with each other and their surroundings as part of a story.

Scratch is suitable for children of primary and secondary age, as animations can be both simple and more complex.

The link for scratch is below.

https://scratch.mit.edu/educators/