so at the start of the week the 2 older girls were still at Kentwell. unfortunately a rainy day for them. They came back happy, bubbly and exhausted! they clearly had a fab time. And thankyou to izzy for lending her caravan for them, as they were v happy with that.
had her first silver arts award meeting. they need to do a challenge,
and apparently hers will be to take grade 1 oboe, this term!!!
considering we are starting october, and the exam can be from a months
time, and she has never played the instrument before, i am not convinced
this is a good idea! also, I think the oboe itself might need a fix.
argh!!! I'm not sure how she is going to fit all these things in!
had pulled a 24 hour work shift on tuesday, so had thought i might
spend wednesday snoozing, but that didnt happen! instead i got the girls
all chivvyed in home ed, and they all did a good day of work. we also
played a game, and BB and SPD did some more sliding on the slip and
slide :) . BB finished making a halfpipe for her fingerskateboard.
NannyF also came round after her hospital appointment. so quite a lovely
and fri were more home ed days, making sure that SpD is getting to
grips with English well. She has nearly finished her tudor history
journal, and the dancers art journal is coming along. She isnt so keen
on the IGCSE english as a second language, as this is a bit harder for
her. however, dh and i do some with her to keep going!
weekend we went off to telford to do some victorian living history. I
talked a lot about industrial revolution, and ironbridge being
considered a 'birthplace' . We had a bit of trouble with our hotel -
days inn - and really wouldnt recommend it! However, finally in a room
where all the beds at least worked even if the sheets werent spotless!
first day was spent at blist hill victorian town. we all really enjoyed
it. lots of discussion [ok, sometimes i was monologuing ;) ] and seeing
what was there, and how it was done. treated all the girls to old
fashioned sweets near the beginning and ice cream at the end [ i think i
have sussed this parenting lark!] bb fascinated by wood carver, who
told her there was lots of money in it, so she should keep going :)
went shopping afterwards and bought bb a wedding suit and then went for
a meal at nando's. this wasnt straightforwards, as bb had been
expecting to go home. however, we did eat a meal out so pushing the
sunday and we gave Spd the choice of the acton scott
farm, or tar tunnel and china museum. she chose the latter. we liked the
tar tunnel. we had tried to go there once before and been foiled [waves
at the old manor borns!], so it was nice to get to go down the whole
length. there was still tar in it! I do like photos of the kids with
we had a pleasant walk back along the canal, though noticed there has been an invasion by himalayan balsam
loved the coalport museum. there was a little bit on the actual china
and design, and i loved the mixed cups display. but for me, the best bit
was wandering around the semi deserted works. there was a lady making
coalport flowers, which reminded me of little nanny, because she had
coalport flowers. i loved the kiln display. well worth a visit.
walked into ironbridge - it was very hot! had icecreams, posed on the
bridge and then walked on to the museum. the big girls were all museumed
out, but bb had her second wind and read and talked about everything :)
. she was pleased to find the boat 'spry' in there as a model, as we
had seen it at blist hill and it had really captured her fancy them :) .
what a great weekend break. i am so lucky with my family to be able to
share the sunlight and time with them.