And it is a much calmer swing this year. I can see more experienced home edders laughing when I say we have finally realised that we were *seriously* over committed with group activities before. I think we pushed it right to the limit before realising that there was just not enough of that slow paced, pottering time at home, when interesting things happen – and good conversation pops up.
So, Monday now starts with Dani off to work, and Pearlie off to Kids’ Club. She sewed a little hacky sac thing (no idea how you spell that and can’t be bothered to check!), caught up with friends and shared a four day diary of wildlife she’d spotted during December. Leo and I get a couple of hours or so at home alone – a bit calmer than our Mondays used to be.
Leo and I spent an hour on
We then settled down to do some drawing together, at Leo’s request. He invited me to try out his new pens and pastel pencils. They are lovely, but I find it very hard to ‘let go’ when drawing and it’s all very stilted. He rattled off a few pictures and then we walked over to the grandmothers’ house.
We had lunch with them and then I left Leo there and came home.
Pearlie and Dani were home from Kids’ Club and work. We discussed this vague idea about IGCSEs and Pearlie said she wasn’t that keen after all. She’d like to wait a few years and see – so that’s what we’ll do.
At the moment
While Pearlie was poring over maps, and Dani was poring over a tricky email, we watched a Midsomer Murders we’d taped at New Year.
Leo was dropped back to us – very tired but happy. He’d constructed something elaborate out of playing cards. We’re waiting for the photos.
In the evening, Dani and I put the boxes of Christmas decs in the loft. Leo dug out a couple of little lego kits, as well as reading some more of his current book. He’s more than half way through Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman, and has told me several details that are different in the book.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I brought home a couple of Noel Streatfield’s from my mum’s stock – The Growing Summer and The Painted Garden – for Pearlie.
Right, off to sort laundry, make breakfasts and help remember the scale of E major.