Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Homeschool Happenings

Since returning home form our trip to Northumbria, we have motored through the last two weeks of homeschooling hence my absence here :-)  By the end of each day I am worn out.  It is a combination of the usual health issues in addition to ensuring that both kids are remaining on task.

I had a sick day today but as a result of planning the week's lessons we were able to hit the main essentials and I know that if the week had not been planned the kids would have been ratty and bored.  We even managed a short trip to Aldi for the weekly shop and the kids had fun in the Halloween aisle!!  Benedict found some cute mini coloured bowls for serving nuts and popcorn, I tell ya if that kid doesn't end up working in the catering industry he would make a great party planner!  Give him a holiday to plan and decorate for and he is away.  Pip has been invited to go "trick or treating" with a family from Brownies and so she found a lovely pink top with a black halloween scene on the front and a cute bat headband to wear.

Here are some random pictures of the past few weeks:

 A rare moment the two of them actually working at the same time and in the same place!

 Benedict's Lego model of a Ziggurat.

 Pip practising her spellings using the Rummikub tiles.

 Moon and Star biscuits for St Francis Day.

 Making a start on a coil pot for her Stone Age study.

 The finished piece.

 Benedict's trademark clay slabs part of his Ancient Mesopotamia study.

 Saturday afternoon Lego building whilst I worked in the loft room on a commissioned sewing project.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Dragons and Grace Darling

On Thursday we celebrated Michaelmas.  In the absence of any source materials since we were away from home, I did manage to utilise a sporadic internet and thanks to Dr Eva as opposed to Dr Google we were able to share in the story of St Michael and The Dragon:

 Reading the story on my phone.

 Making the mountains.

 Adding the "snow and ice" namely the salt and sugar!

 Adding the "currant stars" courtesy of St Michael helping those in need.

It was at this point that we realised the box of gluten free flour did not contain the usual sachet of yeast!!  So, Pip and I donned our coats and bravely battled against the most fierce winds to the "Sea Breeze" village shop.  That wonderful village shop stocked loads of gluten free products and speciality bread flours but alas no yeast!!  Thankfully all was not lost and so instead of making dragon bread we made a dragon scone instead :-)

 Forming the dough.

 All mixed.

 Sweeping up the crumbs.

 One finished almond toothed dragon!

After lunch Dave took the kids to the local play park.  They walked and he used his scooter and since the road was very quiet it was safe to do so.  Whilst they were out I crashed on the bed and slept soundly.

 Pip and Benedict on HMS Beadnell.

The kids had a lovely surprise as Dave treated them to a latte and hot chocolate in the Salt Water Cafe:

Grace Darling

On Friday we visited the Grace Darling Museum at Seahouses.  Entry was free and the exhibits were interactive and informative.  We also watched a short film re-enacting that fateful day on September 5th 1838 when the Forfarshire Steam Vessel ran aground in that terrible storm:

 The light house on the other side was totally cut away and through a series of buttons you each individual floor was illuminated.  To the left of the Red Light shown here, you were challenged to press the buttons in the correct sequence and your reward was the light house transmitting a beacon of light.

 Memorabilia including Grace's scarf and straw bag circa 1830.

 The original Coble used in that perilous rescue.

 My dad's namesake and so I sent him this picture to his phone :-)  Interestingly, my dad's family originate from the North East, Sunderland to be precise.  Mind you my Nanna and Grandad left  when my Uncle Arnold their first born was a very small child and he was an adult by the time my dad, the baby of the family was on the scene!

 Grace was one of nine children who were home schooled by their parents.  Her Dad William taught them  English, Arithmetic, Poetry, Folk Songs and Catechesis.  Her mother, Thomasin taught the girls to sew, spin, knit and how to mend a fishing net.

 Grace died from tuberculosis three years after that rescue at the young age of 27. 

 Despite her best wishes she was hailed a national heroine and china plates, cups and bowls were glazed in honour of her bravery.

 Rescuer Pip.

The view of St Aiden's church from the upper floor panoramic window of the museum, located only three doors along the road from her birthplaceA monument to her heroism is located close to Grace Darling and her parents' simple grave in the churchyard.

 Both kids enjoying a chat and a pat with a very friendly dog and her owner.  Prior to living with this owner and his wife, the dog had been living in some kennel after her lady owner died of cancer.  Apparantly the dog detected the smell of cancer in the lady :-(

By now it was most definitely lunch time and a quick call ahead confirmed that gluten free fish was on the menu that day:

 The Best fish and chips I have ever tasted!  The batter was incredibly light and crisp, the fish melted in your mouth and the chips were  golden.  A real win all round.

We travelled home early on in the afternoon even though we could have stopped until the following morning.  Since I am now the lone driver and all the organising is left to me, I know that morning's are my worst "health wise" and so it made sense to travel at the best time of day for me.


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

All The B's

 Beadnell Bay

Yesterday we managed a kite flying day coupled with some learning zone activities on the "Stone Age", read alouds, maths and a write up on the Lindisfarne trip from Benedict.

 What a great idea!

 An Art Deco inspired house extension.  It reminds me of the roof top balcony at The Midland Hotel where Sara and Tom had their wedding reception.  I also half expect to see David Suchet as Hercule Poirot open the front door :-)

 Both kids had loads of fun with Aunty Maureen's kite, a gift to them both when Pip was a toddler and Benedict about her age now.  This is the first time that it has had an airing!

 Whilst the kids ran around like crazy, I enjoyed twenty minutes peace watching the waves crashing against the shore :-)

We made the right decision venturing out in the morning as it rained quite heavily in the afternoon, interspersed with moments of sunshine.  It was during an interlude that I was able to walk to the village shop and buy some supplies for tea as well as the ingredients for a birthday cake!  "Sea Breeze" stores as it is called stocks an amazing array of goods including gluten free items.  I even managed to buy matches and birthday candles, the lady behind the counter said, " We are the fourth emergency service!!" when I commented about being able to buy the birthday items.

Birthday Boy

 Happy Birthday Dave!  

All those years in the kitchen paid off since I was minus a recipe book and no Mr Google internet so it was a bit of this and that and the cake turned out beautifully moist, yay!

Barter Books

 Tea but not at three!  A very late elevenses :-)

 That boy loves his tea.

 This is what constant pain looks like :-(  No smiles and a very short fuse, oh dear!  If you are reading this mum, sorry for not being understanding when I was a terrible teenager :-(

 The kids bought themselves a book each out of their Christmas money from last year!  I also found some really good books for them to share that are very similar to the Enid Blyton mysteries.  We also bought Daddy a book for his birthday but shock horror, no book for me!!

On the way home we popped into Lidl to buy some fresh fruit and veg and Pip played in the garden whilst I made a big salad bowl for lunch.  The kids helped with kitchen clean up as I was completely wiped after being on the go and so I took myself off to bed for a much needed rest.  After another round of analgesics and a cup of tea I managed to prep the roast dinner and whilst that was cooking, we visited the local playground which is literally a two minute walk from the cottage:

 Someone is very happy to be out and about!

 Even Mr B joined in!

 Even the local WI have their own purpose built building.

 Walking home and trying to keep up with light footed Lottie!!  Not a chance!

 Hoping to visit the church tomorrow.

 The Lady of The Manor no longer lives here, instead it is now a series of self contained apartments.

 Back home just in time for tea.