The Little Bang!

We were joined by the beans, the puddles, the fishes and the manor borns and had a lovely day filled with music theory, french, art – sketching/watercolour pepper plants, poetry, owl pellet dissection, and making gun powder! All this and still plenty of time for playing in the garden on the trampoline and tree swing in the gorgeous sunshine 🙂

Merry read Audens Night Mail which they all enjoyed and even set them ‘homework’. Helen found herself a shady spot in the garden to overseeing the mixing of gun powder, wrapping it up in twists of newspaper and later we all stood and watched in anticipation as each packet was set alight! Unfortunately the bang wasn’t quite as dramatic as anticipated but it did make an impressive light show and fizz, the sulphur melting the disposable bbq tray!

The spelling sheets went down well and they all seemed to enjoy sketching the pepper plants using watercolour pencils. Owl pellet dissection was fab too with everyone finding lots of body bits using the id sheets to see how greedy their owls were!

First to leave were the fishes, followed by the puddles, then the manor borns, leaving the beans who didn’t need to rush off anywhere so whilst the girls played happily HH and I drank tea, chatted and drank tea 🙂

Historyetc – The Greeks

5100713374_15a1d378ef_b The one the girls have been waiting for, dress up Greek day!! For weeks they have been planning their costumes 🙂 Skye chose Medusa and Poppy, Aphrodite. They did look fab 🙂

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So, lots of craft going on, painting wall plaques, making pediments, mask and shield making, greek peg dolls, making the seven labours of hercules out of fimo. HH assisted in the making of spanikopitas and ‘cake helen’ made some greek cakes all of which were delish 🙂 We also had figs, olives, houmous and pitta for snacks and i think most children tried everything, some things they liked and some they didn’t!

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Another fabulous day with weather to match 🙂

Where do the days go?

Aside from the ‘normals’ we have been busy with lots of other things, some of which deserve a blog post of their own so I will get onto that but in the meantime here’s a quick rundown of what we have been up to over the past few weeks…

Every other Friday has now been taken up with an art session which will work towards a bronze art award. They have so far attended two sessions, the first working with acrylics using a crackle effect which was rather impressive. They seemed very enthusiastic about the session and are keen to go back 🙂 The beans were there too and so the girls had fun playing together afterwards. Though need to get Mr LCR to blog these sessions as i am not there!!

Second session was batik the results of which were fantastic!

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Wayne spent a Saturday morning playing golf with D, he hasn’t played for a long long time and really wish he would play more often as he doesn’t really do anything to have time to himself – i go out every 4-6 weeks with friends for a drink and a catch up which is lovely and i think its good for W to have some time too. So whilst he was out the girls and i pottered around, did some baking, walked Skipper bumping into some friends and discovered that some houses in the village had been broken into early hours of the morning, thankfully the police caught them in the act farther down the road. Whilst chatting we noticed a bike in the river and so the girls informed the police who were taking fingerprints from a nearby house. The girls were quite excited to have discovered some ‘evidence’ at a crime scene!!

Skye made her race car for the Scouts Pinewood Derby, and had a fun afternoon racing against fellow Scouts. Skye’s car made the finals but didn’t come anywhere although she did win third place for best car design 🙂

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We grabbed some bargains at the local car boot sale, i’m not a huge fan of car boots however we picked up Blockus which we have really enjoyed playing 🙂 also spotted a children’s book written by Diana Wynne Jones. Poppy bought herself a ‘Pandora’ style bracelet, Skye bought a ‘noisy cow’ to take to scout camp (her friend C is taking her ‘noisy pig’)!, Wayne picked up a CD he has been after so we were all happy 🙂

Taking advantage of the lighter nights the girls and I planted the potatoes for schools which had been chitting on the windowsill for a few weeks (and apparently should have been planted on 15th March!), also planted tomatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuces and an assortment of flowers. We have had a very productive weekend tidying up the garden, throwing gravel in the useless bits of it that do nothing more than attract weeds. We have also moved the trampoline and now the garden looks huge! 🙂 I’m really surprised how enthusiastic Skye is about gardening and planting – she loves it!

We had a trip to Woodgreen animal shelter which Poppy has blogged here 🙂

The girls have enjoyed their creative writing sessions and have also been inspired by Merry’s poetry reading and picked up three poetry books from the library then spent a good hour sitting on the trampoline in the gorgeous sunshine reading them aloud 🙂 Skye has signed up to Goodreads (thank you for the link Merry :)) which seems to have encouraged her to pick up a book more often than she has been of late – spurred on by the fact that Fran is one of her ‘friends’ and an avid reader!! I recently read the Twilight series of books which I loved and Skye has been asking if she could read the first one so she also got that book from the library and seems to be enjoying it. Poppy was keen to get more Michael Morpurgo books and is currently reading The Butterfly Lion with Adolphus Tips waiting in line.

The girls have also tried out a local trampoline class and loved it so that’s Wednesday evenings sorted!

Poppy has really enjoyed spending time with French R, currently with the Manor Borns, so much so she has enquired whether or not it would be possible to just have a French sister come and live with us for 6 months without the need to do the exchange bit, so we enquired and apparently you can. We have the pre-application form almost complete and Poppy has drawn a picture of her family as requested 🙂

Skye had a Ready Steady Cook fundraising night at Scouts and had great fun cooking up a delicious dessert 🙂 Read all about it here 🙂

Talking of food, we are currently practising Veganism at home – we set ourselves a challenge to go vegan for the first two weeks of April. Not so strict when out and about but it’s really making us think more about what to cook and checking ingredients, you wouldn’t believe how many things have milk and eggs in!! We all seem to be doing ok but i am missing chocolate – tried plain but it really doesn’t do it for me 😦

Sometimes…

…a quiet week is really, really lovely.

So far this week we have done nothing much except spend a lot of time in the garden, planting, playing, bouncing, swinging, chatting. We’ve read quite a bit, doodled, baked and cooked, visited the library and garden centre, enjoyed the beautiful weather and enjoyed not rushing anywhere.

Artetc – Architecture #5

Due to lack of motivation/enthusiasm or something, we spent two half days rounding up and concluding our ‘houses’ themed artetc sessions, time to move on!

Pulling together all the skills they have picked up over the past few weeks we created a canal side street scene, an ‘American Grid Town’, and a tricky one point perspective street scene. This was a challenging learning curve for some as it is very difficult sometimes to ignore the rule and do what you think looks right but we got there in the end and the results were fab 🙂 Very proud of them all 🙂

Finally as a quick fun end, they sketched their lego houses they had constructed a few weeks ago.

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