A jam packed week

From not having any plans for this week, we have been really busy! Not so much on the academic side, though the girls have done some maths, reading and geography, but on a practical level we have done lots.

We are lucky enough to live in a lovely village with a brook running through the middle of is so the girls a have spent a few hours with their wellies on armed with fishing nets catching teeny-weeny frogs and fish.

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We have been busy in the garden cutting away huge amounts of greenery and whilst doing so the girls found frogs in the garden too šŸ™‚

We have been fruit picking, plums, greengages and damsons, from the orchard at work. The boughs on the plum trees are breaking under the weight of the plums! We had so many that the girls set up a little stall outside our house and have sold bags and bags of them!

Plums, Damsons and Greengages for sale

Poppy has also made plum jam which unfortunately didn’t set terribly well but tasted delish šŸ™‚

Poppy's Plum Jam

Skye found a pattern on the internet for some baggy trousers and i helped her measure herself and transfer measurements onto the fabric, cut it out, pinned it and went to sew it all together only to discover the sewing machine is not working šŸ˜¦ So we walked to my Aunties house to borrow her sewing machine and Poppy got some jam advice from her, to reboil jam until it thickens, place a blob of jam onto a cold saucer, run your finger through the middle of it and if it stays separated then its reached setting point and can be poured into jars šŸ™‚

We popped in to my friends Mum’s new house round the corner from us, stayed for a cup of coffee and she shared dressmaking tips with Skye offering to help her with anything she is unsure of šŸ™‚

Poppy is having a go at rug ragging, as we acquired some tools for it a while back. Only piece of hessian we have though is rather small so it might end up as a lovely cushion cover rather than a rug!

Poppy's rag rug

Girls have watched lots of Dr Whos lately, thanks to a work colleague who is a huge sci-fi fan and keeps bringing dvds into work for us to borrow šŸ™‚ Also watched Roman Mysteries again.

They recently started piano lessons and have been religiously practising at least twice a day šŸ™‚

Poppy had a friend over to play and they had fun with the gel pens, drawing on the windows šŸ™‚ I do love those pens (though the little bits that crumble off and get trodden into the carpet aren’t so good šŸ˜¦ )

We also spent a lovely evening with the K family, whom we have known for many years but see very little of šŸ˜¦ C & S’s twins, A & G went to Montessori with Skye and have always got on brilliantly and Friday was no exception šŸ™‚ We completely forgot the time catching up on things and finally left their house at 1am! Saturday was The Beans Summer Party, which deserves a blog of its own šŸ™‚

So with that and preparing for our holiday, catching up on washing etc, its been quite hectic!

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