This will be in the nature of a v. sketchy catch-up - with photos!
Bank Holiday Monday
Today was peeing down with rain here – and cold enough to be November. I enjoyed something of a Busman’s Holiday and re-arranged/tidied our non-fiction collection.
Dani and Pearlie did some Greek together.
Leo pottered about and talked about rats a lot. He drew a design for a Robo-Rat.
This afternoon we went to town to grasp the nettle and get P a phone. Seems a bit strange as she was a toddler just yesterday but we now often find ourselves in situations where it would be useful for her to have a phone. Leo was not happy for her to get a phone and for him to get nothing. He doesn’t need a phone but he apparently needed a Cult of Skaro, so he got that instead.
P and I watched a fab Greek myths video – from the Jim Henson storyteller series from the late 1980s. It was Perseus and the Gorgon, directed by Anthony Minghella and told by Michael Gambon. I liked it so much I went on ebay and found a region 2 DVD with the complete set, which I bought with the my ‘jobs money’.
I was at work.
D and the kids spent an ‘up and down’ day at home. Kids spent time on various writing projects that they have underway at the moment. D did some work on a response to the HE guidelines consultation.
Both Kids’ bedrooms got tidied – HOORAH! - you can walk across the floor.
I was at work.
D and kids stayed in and kids bickered for a bit as they were trying to use wheeled toys in the (small) kitchen – then all went to the park.
We had roast dinner and watched Doctor Who – as usual.
D was at work.
P went to play at a friend’s house.
Leo and I had a cooking and baking day of foods L loves.
We made a big pan of risotto – onions, garlic, courgettes, borlotti beans, black-eyed beans, tinned tomatoes. Leo chopped the courgettes, chose beans, “can we have borlotti and black-eye?!” lit the gas and did a lot of stirring.
After we’d eaten lunch we made a banana cake. This was a truly gorgeous one so I’ll share the recipe:
6oz soft brown sugar creamed with 6oz butter
Two beaten eggs and 2 mashed bananas
Fold in 6.5 ozs of self-raising flour
Bake at gas mark 4 until skewer comes out clean
Dani and Pearlie went on Critical Mass in the evening, which P really enjoys.
I was at work (cleaning and real job) all day.
Dani was on the rota to help at Kids’ Club, where the kids are doing various things. They are planning a fund raising sports event. They also read a letter sent to them by some kids in India. Dani took Penrose Tiles, which people explored a bit. They played football.
P went to Woodcraft in the evening where they had a discussion about swearing!
Wednesday was a pretty horrid day in patches (kids had a huge row in the street!) but did include some happier things.
P and D made soup – carrot and potato. P enjoyed the making, but not the soup. I thought it lovely and had some on my return from work.
There was also a trip to play in the park where weird black fungus was found, maps were made, and rabbit holes discovered.
Kids had a Squeezebox session where L got carried away and stood on his stool while playing the keyboard. Can anyone guess what happened next?
After that we went up to the park where a friend (J) was having his 8th birthday get together. There was a super Dalek birthday cake and I drank lots of tea.
That’s it – caught up!