I’m currently in the middle of a mad rush to get all my essays and assignments handed in. The children are getting less attention than I would like, and as for the housework… ha! Colin finished his last Cert Ed assignment last week and I am very jealous of his ability to churn out thousands of words in a single evening. I’m a very slow writer, I agonise over every word until it is just right.
We went to the allotment this afternoon, so that Aaron and Tabitha could plant a row of spring onion seeds for the children’s gardening competition. The radishes they planted last week have germinated well and there are a few beetroot seedlings poking up.
We spotted some tiny gooseberries growing. Hopefully the birds won’t eat them all this year!
This tree was here when we took over the plot, but didn’t fruit last year. We think it’s either a plum, damson, greengage or cherry.
Tabitha was interested in fruits today, so we cut open one of the fallen mystery fruits to investigate.
On Saturday we went to a wildlife festival in the town square. There were lots of free activities for children and interesting things to see.
Last week I attempted at nature journaling for the first time. I’ve never been much good at art so this was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think it’s important for the children to see me having a go. While we were at the park, they made friends with two other children and played in the bushes. They were out of my sight for most of the time and I was really pleased that they had bumped into children who were also allowed freedom. It’s much harder to let them free-range when there is another mum breathing down her children’s necks!
Aaron proudly showed me this list of some of his friends. We then worked on his spelling together and talked about using capital letters at the beginning of names, and he edited his list enthusiastically until it was perfect.
Both Aaron and Tabitha have shown an interest in learning French recently, so I bought a CD of songs and games for the car. My own language skills are sadly lacking as I only did one year of foreign languages at school. German always came much more naturally to me, but I probably remember more French thanks to exposure throughout my childhood (my mum has a degree in French and we had lots of family holidays in France). I’d really like the children to learn a foreign language well, so I’m going to have to put some work in too. Maybe I’ll enroll on a course once I’ve finished all these essays!
Apart from all that, the children have been listening to Roald Dahl audio books, building amazing structures out of Duplo, learning to hula hoop and creating a huge mess by getting loads of toys out at once! It feels like we are drowning in toys, so I’ve started a huge decluttering project and boxed up loads of stuff to take down to the charity shop.
Finally, I’m waiting very impatiently to hear from the letting agents about a lovely little cottage in the countryside with a huge garden that we have put our names down for. Apparently there were lots of people interested so we’re trying not to be too hopeful. (Edit: we didn’t get the cottage, so it obviously wasn’t meant to be.)