Sunday, April 06, 2008

Sunshine and snow

We’re having bizarre weather here. It was really warm and sunny for most of the week, but today it is really snowing

Enough for P. to make a mini snowman
Leo to collect enough snow off parked cars in which to embed a plastic lion
and the two of them to get really wet and cold throwing snowballs at each other.

Anyway, what have we been doing?

On Tuesday, Allie and the kids went to the park, where it was sunny and there were a goodly assortment of home edders. P. had a drama in which her abandoned bag nearly got taken by a kindly stranger and handed in, but this was spotted by P’s friends and the bag retrieved. They went out to see cousin S. singing in her choir in the evening, while I went to my knitting group (blanket update over on Knitting Notes).

Allie and Pearlie carried on with their punctuation book on Wednesday morning, while Leo was at Kids Club. Later on, we did our usual swimming and library trip. Leo was upset because they were forbidden to play with aforementioned toy lion on the water slide, but pleased because the library had his reserved copy of Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse ready for collection. Pearlie also picked up another Ally’s World book.

I helped out at Kids Club on Thursday, the last one before a two week break. It was nice and mellow, occasional flashpoints were resolved amicably, and the session ended with some of the older boys offering training in a variety of survival and combat skills to the rest of the group, which both our kids found tremendously exciting.

The others spent some time at their favourite branch library on Friday, while I went to a meeting of a reference group of home educators, set up by the Head of EOTAS at our local authority, to help them formulate a new policy, and then on to work. My report of the meeting will appear in the next couple of days on the HEdline website. After an afternoon spent playing happily with water pistols, the kids rescued me from being trapped at work by bringing me the keys I had forgotten. The others had borrowed Boggle and a 500 piece jigsaw from the library, so we all had a go at both of those in the evening.

Both Allie and I are feeling run down at the moment, and although the kids are actually getting on quite well at the moment, their low level bickering sometimes gets under my skin, so I’ve not been handling things brilliantly this weekend. Thus our plan to go to the garden centre yesterday was foiled at the last minute by a row between me and Pearlie, but we did manage to get out to the unveiling of the community mosaics at the park where Kids Club is based.

Kids from the local school, Kids Club, the after school and youth project and the unemployed centre neighbouring the park worked on designs and created the mosaics, and all these contributions were coordinated very skilfully by local artists Touchwood Trees as some kind of replacement for the large graffiti pieces that have recently been obliterated by the council. The mosaics are lovely, but I do still miss the graffiti.

P. made a rain gauge in the afternoon, while L. created a book of pictures of monsters, researched and printed off from the internet. We reinstated our tradition of roast dinner to accompany Doctor Who in the evening. Weather made our signal frustratingly patchy, but we managed to get the gist, enjoy the adventure, rejoice with Donna’s granddad, and be suitably intrigued by mysterious appearance of Rose.

Leo is fully garbed as the Doctor now, collecting snow in the street. He decided not to go into our garden, as it was too beautiful in the snow and he didn’t want to spoil it. Allie’s gone to work and P. has been taken to the pictures by some friends.

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