Thursday, 5 October 2017

On The Hour

Our unit study this past week has been on time.  Pip has copied poems relating to the months of the year and the number of days in each month.  Today's challenge was to take a photo on the hour from rising to retiring.  In this way we would not only be tracking time, but activities throughout the course of the day.

7:00am ~ Pyjama clad Pip having fun with magnetic tessalations.

 8:00am ~ Post breakfast spelling test with a little bit of help from Maisie Mouse!

 9:00am ~ Multiplication worksheet en route to college.

 10:00am ~ colouring in said worksheet at Barton Grange.  I nearly took a photo of their completed Christmas displays but recanted, the whole thing is just ridiculous :-(

 Pip being silly, Moi very tired!

 11:00am ~ Dad using the flip screen function on my camera, whilst I popped into the GP surgery to deposit a whole slew of Diabetic Sharps Bins.

12:00pm ~ Now home and working in her English book, followed by copywork of The Harvest Moon  poem.

 1:00pm ~ Working on the water clock.

 2:00pm ~ Having a well deserved coffee break after having prepped a fruit bread and whilst waiting for it to rise.

 3:00pm ~ One Harvest Moon Scarecrow all decorated and waiting for his second proving in the oven.

 4:00pm ~  Round two of the college run and  looking just a wee bit tired.  All I can say is thank goodness Dave did not take a picture of me at this point!  I was feeling well and truly wrecked ;-)

 5:00pm ~ Almost home, just stopping by to post some letters.

6:00pm ~ An almost empty plate.  Salad, pate and rice crackers were demolished fairly quickly :-)

7:00pm ~ One Harvest Moon Scarecrow completely finished.  If you look closely you just might see, a tiny mouse like nibble at the very bottom!!  I wonder was Maisie Mouse the culprit or could it have been Little Miss PJ?!

We searched high and low but no Harvest Moon could be found, so this treat was a welcome supper just before bed. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Thursday Beach Day

We finished all of our school work by early afternoon and decided to take a trip to the beach.  It was one of those rare days of sunshine and blue skies, a real autumn treat.

My health has nose dived again and I am really struggling on all corners.  I suppose that is one good thing about writing a blog, all we ever tend to show is the "highlight reel!"  These pictures portray a sunny day at the beach and for one fleeting moment all is right with the world :-)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Making And Using A Balance Scale

We have been sharing and following along with Eva and Flora for our home school journey.  Both girls have been working on a unit study based around farming and harvesting.  We have also been using some of the practical activities from the " Pioneer Sampler" book and Pip had great fun with this week's practical task:

 Dad making the initial hole with a bradawl.

 Pip using the old DSLR whilst I am using the Pen-F

 Cutting the strings.

 Pip widening the holes.

 Running a first test using pennies on one side and sugar on the other.

 Calculating the weights. 
 1oz = 8 pennies and so 4oz = 32 pennies.

 32 Pennies.

 Weighing the oats

 Well Balanced.

 After we had weighed the oats we also measured the sugar.  The oats and dried prunes were placed in a mixing bowl.  And the honey, sugar and butter were placed in a saucepan and heated until melted.  The wet ingredients were added to the dry and the mixture was baked in a moderate oven for twenty minutes.

 Chopping the prunes.

The finished afternoon treat minus two pieces which were packaged and sent on to a neighbour who is recovering from knee surgery.

It has been a very tiring week with all the extra college travelling and so I am grateful when the weekend rolls around! 


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

First Day At College :: Home School On The Hoof

It has been eight years since Benedict stepped inside an educational establishment and so yesterday was a pretty momentous day.  He was both nervous and excited which I reckon was the best way to be.  The day was pretty full on with enrolment and finding his way around the campus. 

 Needless to say, his blood sugars were whacky and he ran consistently low all day and had two hypos.  The last hypo occurred just as I was waiting to collect him and by this point he was looking not well at all.  He was very glad to be home and although he enjoyed his day, there were times when he felt overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle.  I am sure things will settle down though given time.  He has English and Maths tomorrow, so I'm hoping he has a good day.

 Just before setting off.

After having dropped Benedict off, Pip, Dave and I travelled the short distance to Barton Grange for a well deserved beverage and second breakfast :-)

 We sent this picture to Uncle Bryan ( who we were visiting later), Aunty Maureen loved butterflies and we knew this would make him smile.

 Retro stand in the cook wear shop.

A pizza tray :-)

Dave and I have fond memories of our visits to Paris, but could not justify spending £20.00 each on an Emma Bridgewater mug ... it was tempting though!  

 And it is that time of year when disappointingly, BG sets to work on the Christmas displays, big thumbs down :-(

Our next stop was a trip to Garstang library followed by a visit to Uncle Bryan.  It was very much a case of, have homeschool will travel.  Pip completed all her tasks, including her main lesson work, English, Maths and German.  Thanks to Eva we have some German resources and Pip did a really great job with lesson one.

After lunch it was time for a walk, so we followed a trail that we used to do with Aunty Maureen.  It was usually a post lunch, "push the kids in the push chair to get them off to sleep walk!"  I don't think Pip remembers the walk, but I reckon Ben would have remembered had he been with us.

 Every time we see a butterfly, we always say that Aunty Maureen is with us :-)

 A chance to talk about our farming main lesson work!

 Well deserved puddle jumping!  Not the best of shots, because I had forgotten my camera, but at least the iphone caught the moment.

Today has been a catch up day and I must admit I am glad that I did not have the drive to college today!  Thankfully Shein has offered to collect Ben tomorrow afternoon which is a great help.  Taking Ben to college and returning home is a 30 mile round trip which takes just under an hour.  

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sunday Surprise!

Grand-baby Number Two, affectionately known as "Nutkin" is growing nicely in Sara's tum!  This image is from the twelve week scan taken earlier in the week.

Sara and Tom also celebrate their third wedding anniversary today :-)

Needless to say we are over the moon with the news and once the Christmas knitting is complete, I will be casting on for this wee one! 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

A Birthday Celebration For Our Lady

It was Our Lady's birthday yesterday and we were all so pleased to finally attend mass.  It has been several months since we last made church due to the down-turn in my health, but so far I have stabilised this week, so all is good :-)  The mass was also offered for our daughter Emma, as we remembered the anniversary of her final profession four years ago:

 Oldest and youngest, who have only met twice!  Once when Pip was too small to remember at her christening and then here at the wedding.  Pip misses Em and sends her emails and the odd letter when she can.  

The kids helped set a nice table for Our Lady and we even lit the birthday ring in her honour:

 Salad, crackers and crisps followed by a hot chocolate and twirl flake bar :-)

After lunch Pip finished her study on wheat and decorated the front cover of her book:

 One farmer singing our harvest song and scattering the wheat from his satchel.

A really good first week back at school.