Time Travel – Part 3

Blogging the best bits – Part 3 (Part 1 can be read here and Part 2 here)

Sadly the time came for F to leave 😦 It’s gone so fast!! We waved her off at the airport and followed on a couple of days later driving the Germany with all her luggage πŸ™‚

We had an amazing few days staying with her family. They were exceptional hosts and made us feel very welcome. We hardly saw the girls, they went off on their own into town, to dance class, to a tree top adventure park and even went to school with F, which they loved πŸ™‚

We had some lovely walks, their house is situated on the edge of a huge forest with a walkway through a zoo so we even saw some tiger cubs πŸ™‚

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Took a trip on the hanging train πŸ™‚

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Whilst the girls were in town us adults visited the museum of early industrialisation which was very interesting.

It was great to see working spinning machines and looms but so noisy! It must have been awful for the people to sit in huge rooms full of these machines clickety-clacking all day!

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This was the schedule for a typical day for a child from 6 years old.

Up at 5am a one hour break from 1200 until 1300, food between 1900 and 2000 then school from 2000 until 2200 then to bed to be up again for 5am 😦

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The house of Frederich Engles, who was the son of a cotton manufacturer. The house is typical of the style of this area, slate covered building, green doors and shutters with white window frames.

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Whilst the girls went to school, D & C took us to a sculpture park. Tony Cragg is an British sculptor who purchased the grounds and started to redesign the park and buildings, installing his sculptures. Its a beautiful area and we really enjoyed walking round. Definitely a place to revisit as I can imagine the changing of the seasons change the atmosphere too.

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Exhibition by a guest sculptor

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The girls decided to go to a tree top adventure park and were going to make their own way back via bus and train!

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Reading the rules

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Getting harnessed up…

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And off they go πŸ™‚

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So another day out for the grown ups πŸ™‚ This time we visited Muengsten Bridge highest road bridge in Germany, we crossed the river Wupper and walked into the beautiful town of Solingen, took a chair lift to the castle and walked back again through the forest by the river. We must have walked miles but it was worth it, we had such a lovely day πŸ™‚

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This is how we crossed the river, its a hand cranked contraption and its hard work!!

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Going up….

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Going down…

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The girls had a great day out too, really enjoyed their tree top adventure – we all slept well! πŸ™‚

Time Travel – Part 2

Part 2 of the Time Travel blog series πŸ™‚ Β Read Part 1 here.

We couldn’t let F leave England without a trip the the seaside – fortunately the only day available for us to go turned out to be fairly warm (in the sun anyway πŸ™‚ )

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We had chips on the seafront followed by warm sugary doughnuts πŸ™‚ Naughty but nice πŸ˜‰

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Time Travel – Part 1

Oh dear, it appears that i am so behind in blogging its hardly worth going back so far. Saying that we have had some fantastic times over the past few months and it would be a shame to miss them out completely so I am taking a quick trip back in time to (photo) blog the best bits in a blog series titled Time Travel πŸ™‚ This is Part 1……

Skye attended a poetry workshop with Jackie Kay at Kettle’s Yard which I started to blog about here. After completing all the sessions there was a poetry reading and presentation evening of all the students work which was fab. The students had to find a space within the house at Kettle’s Yard to display their work. Skye did an amazing job and Jackie thought so to, told her she was very talented and that she should keep up the good work πŸ™‚ We are very proud of her πŸ™‚

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Skye took one of our dining chairs from home, repainted it and using letters cut from magazines (which took her hours) wrote her poem on the chair πŸ™‚ It looked great and seemed to fit in this library area of the house πŸ™‚ She received lots of positive comments on her work.

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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.

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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™‚

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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™‚

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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™‚

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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!

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Exhausting!!

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™‚

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