Friday, 16 August 2019

Jarrow Hall :: Bede's Museum :: Little Haven Beach

We finally made it up North East!  After a three hour car journey which included two quick stops we arrived at Jarrow Hall.  Our lunch was courtesy of The Hive Cafe and once fortified we made our way over to the Anglo Saxon farm:

Meet Geraldine

And then I had an idea ...

... trying to have a goat selfie is not an easy task!

Pip nailed it :-)

 Ben also had some fun feeding Geraldine and her little companion!

Even the sheep enjoyed a tasty Willow treat.

 Chieftain Pip preparing to tell a treacherous tail.

 Fire pit.

Stone grinder.

 Fancy a bed for the night?!

Enjoying some mead and porridge.



Even Ben plucked a tune :-)

St Bede's Museum

Little Haven Beach

Dave taking a photo of me taking a photo!

 " C'mon mum I just want to eat!"

 Pip used an empty picnic mug as a sand scoop and alternative sandcastle mould.

  We did two live face time broadcasts with my Mum and Dad back home, once at Jarrow Hall and then here at Little Haven beach, South Shields.  My Dad's family hail from this neck of the woods so it was lovely to share the day with them via the wonders of technology.

We are currently residing at a Premier Inn in Salwell and will be heading home after breakfast tomorrow.  Despite feeling really yucky this morning, my symptoms improved as the day progressed and I'm glad that I made the effort to do another radical thing this summer :-)

  And this postcard from the museum will be framed and displayed once home, it will be our motto for the forthcoming home school year:

Sunday, 11 August 2019


The day after the epic road trip I stepped in and provided last minute childcare for Kath.  I had intended to have a rest day, but the phrase, " If you want to hear God laugh then tell Him your plans!" kept ringing in my head :-)  We met roughly half way for a Mary hand over and once we were 'home' Mary and I headed to the library to join Dave and Pip.  After lunch the girls played outside interspersed with reading the books from the library.

On Sunday I took both girls to church and then we made pinwheel scone based pizzas for lunch.  Some friends visited after lunch and part way through the afternoon there was a terrific thunderstorm.

On Monday the girls worked on a painting project inspired by the 'Flat Stanley' books that we had been reading.  After lunch we spent the afternoon with a friend and the girls had a great time on the 'slip and slide' followed by play dough fun.  It was most definitely a full on time and boy was I shattered once Tuesday rolled round.  As much as I love Mary it was good to hand her back to mum and revert back to just dealing with two kids!

 Slip and slide fun.

 Prepping a Flat Mary.

 Flat Mary and Flat Pip :-)

On Friday we spent the afternoon with Sara, Tom and Ollie.  Sara provided the main course and I made blackberry crumble served with cream for dessert.  I think it is safe to say that Ollie loved it: