Yo Sushi!

We had a lovely morning at Yo Sushi! along with other home educating families, many of which I rarely see so it was good to catch up πŸ™‚

I would have loved to have had a go too but this was one for the girls, though us adults did consider trying to organise a grown ups sushi session πŸ˜‰ Saying that its definitely something we can do at home. They were shown how to roll sushi and it was all delicious πŸ™‚ The girls had a brilliant time πŸ™‚

There were first serves some miso soup which they found a bit salty.












Window Poetry, Pastels and Henna

Today we did some Window Poetry πŸ™‚ We each stood looking out of a different window. We divided a sheet of A4 paper into 6, a bit like a window, and using the following prompts created a poem πŸ™‚

What do you see straight ahead of you?
What is on the left?
Something is different today – what is it? It needn’t be of great significance.
Write any line that follows on here, but include the word β€˜sometimes’ or the word β€˜always’.
What else can you see? A detail. In these lines,perhaps suggest the time of day or the time of year.

This is what the girls came up with πŸ™‚




Loved doing this πŸ™‚

I came across this fabulous eye sketch on Pinterest a while ago and so today we had a go at creating our own using pastels which are a bit messy but I love the shading effects you can get with them. I think we all had fun doing it anyway πŸ™‚

Poppy Zoe and Frieda's eye sketches

Skye's eye sketch with pastels

Poppy and F got themselves some more henna whilst in London and so there has been lots of henna doodling πŸ™‚


Henna by Frieda

Henna by Poppy

Henna by Poppy

A day in London and other things

An early start on Saturday as we caught the train to London. The only plan we had was that we were going to visit Camden as F’s English book is based on Camden Town. Whilst on the train we decided to head to Portabello Road first, none of us had visited here before. We arrived quite early and the market was still being set up but we managed to have a browse, Skye bought herself a lovely leather look jacket for Β£5 but shortly after decided she didn’t really like it so sold it onto Poppy who looks gorgeous in it πŸ™‚

From Portabello we went to Camden Town, we had a good look around, Skye bought herself a hoodie, F bought a few gifts to take back for friends and P bought a birthday present for a friend. The girls had veggie hot dogs to keep them going and we popped into Knightsbridge before going to Hyde Park where we sat in the sunshine, had a coffee and people watched πŸ™‚ Think this was my favourite part of the day! πŸ™‚

Next stop was Leicester Square and Covent Garden where after lots of traipsing around found a Prezzo for dinner which was yummy πŸ™‚ Then we had a mad dash for the train home and only just made it!












Other things….

I spent a lovely morning with a lovely friend who I haven’t seen for probably 10 years! Her son and Skye used to go to the same Montessori school and we finally managed to catch up. Really looking forward to spending more time together πŸ™‚

Poppy and F went into town with a friend πŸ™‚ I am still so amazed by Poppy’s growing confidence!

Skye has been busy doodling and sketching and has been inspired by an artist on Camden Market and has produced these amazing (but gory) sketches πŸ™‚

Bad Bird by Skye

Jerry's Revenge by Skye

Poetry with Jackie Kay

Last week there was a posting on our local HE group about a fantastic opportunity for 14-18 year olds to work with the wonderful and acclaimed poet Jackie Kay. With the content that they generate, an artist will then work with their words and the permanent collection at Kettle’s Yard to create art installations and four evening workshops will transform their words further. The project ends with the young people’s work being put on in the house, and joining Jackie Kay in an evening of poetry reading.

Skye was very nervous about attending and at one point said she didn’t think she wanted to go, even though she absolutely loves poetry and creative writing. I was very proud of her, she put her worries and nerves behind her and went along and had the most fantastic morning πŸ™‚ She was one of only three 14 year olds to attend the first of two workshops this week, which for a free event is a pretty poor turnout but she really enjoyed working in a small group. They had a tour of the house and I was amazed how much information she retained, telling us stories behind some of the art and statues residing there. I can’t remember when I last heard her talk so enthusiastically about something! πŸ™‚

I am amazed at her growing confidence, I would never have gone along to this sort of thing at her age, not without friends in tow. She is really happy that she didn’t talk herself out of going and is looking forward to the next session πŸ™‚

Artetc – we’re back!

I had been looking back through some old blog posts and realised how much I missed our Artetc days so after a quick text to Merry we arranged to start back again so on Monday Artetc was revived πŸ™‚ Unfortunately we could only go for a the morning as Wayne had an interview/informal meeting for a job with the NHS at a local hospital, only a temporary contract and part time hours but its work πŸ™‚

It was strange that there were only two of Merry’s girls and Bene (two are at school) so was quieter than we are used to πŸ˜‰ We got them started on creating their own star sign, preferably mythological, but not necessary πŸ™‚


Merry has recently opened a new online craft shop full of gorgeous fabric, buttons, ribbons, wool and other delights, so it would be rude to come up with a project and not include some of them πŸ˜‰ The girls made some very cute hanging valentine hearts and pom pom decorations.


Looking forward to the next one now! πŸ™‚

Now I have mastered crocheting granny squares and even managed to teach Poppy and F, I really want to make a blanket and fortunately Merry had a stock of wool for me to choose from πŸ™‚


The girls have worked really well this week, and even completed all the ‘important’ stuff on their tick sheets πŸ™‚ Poppy and F have also cooked and/or baked 2 or 3 times this week, we’ve had macaroni and cheese, spinach and ricotta cannelloni and some chocolate muffins πŸ™‚

Skye is really enjoying Explorers and they have been busy planning an expedition along the Welsh coast for a weekend in the summer! She is very excited πŸ™‚ At Scouts Poppy and F are planning building a robot amongst other things πŸ™‚

Dance is going well, Poppy loves their dance teacher, its a run by a husband and wife and the husband has so far done all the teaching, he’s Italian and very funny apparently πŸ™‚ I think they are currently preparing for a show, the dance moves look quite complex but they seem to be doing ok πŸ™‚ I just hope F is still here when they perform!