Tuesday 4 May 2010

Across the years

During a recent sort out, Stuart came across an old steam engine he had as a child, and thought the boys might find it interesting. So water was added to the water chamber, a fire was lit underneath, and we waited til a head of steam built up.

The look on Ethan's face was of open-mouthed wonder once the wheel started spinning as it really does shift! They all took turns blowing the whistle. We talked about steam engines, mining, trains, why it stops when there is no steam, etc. They all now want to take it into school to share with their class mates.


  1. I love the look of intense concentration and interest on their faces in that picture Claire. xx

  2. What a fantastic toy, I remember seeing one as a child and the fascination never disappeared.

  3. Fantastic, those old toys are just great to rediscover aren't they. I remember as a child my Dad showing us steam toys and little engines powered by paraffin (I think - must ask him about them).
    Great picture of the anticipation x

  4. Just caught up on your blog. How much has everyone grown?!!! I can't believe Ethan's just turned 6 and as for Sophie - where did that tiny little baby go?! Lovely to catch up and see what you are up to. All your veggie sowings look wonderful. Obviously our garden is somewhat bedraggled at the end of autumn and having had our first frost today I don't think much else will come through! x


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