If you are unfamiliar with award winning childrens author Shirley Hughes, I highly recommend her wonderful books. Written and illustrated by her they capture the everyday magic of childhood. Timeless stories, illustrations with a minutiae of detail and charming characters. Indeed, they are so brilliant that I actually don't mind reading them countless times.
The Alfie Out of Doors storybook is a gorgeous collection of stories and poems about children playing outside. One story tells the tale of Alfie's beloved stone Bonting. Both Pirates have long adored this tale and have often asked if we could make some Bontings. Finally, we got around to it:
Supplies were sourced from the garden! And the craft box.
They were busy for nearly two hours! (An excellent activity...)
These lovely stones are the little one's work.
The Captain made this gorgeous ladybird as a birthday present for his father. R loved it and is going to use it as a paperweight.