How on earth is it May already? If it wasn’t for the fact that I have three assignment deadlines looming, my mind would still be stuck back in March or thereabouts. I’m busy with essay writing at the moment but the end is in sight. The last assignments are due in on the 1st of June and then my foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies will be completed! I was originally planning to carry on and do the full bachelors degree, but for now I’m looking forward to taking some time out to focus on the children instead.
Colin has had a stressful time at work over the last few weeks, as his department has been hit by a government funding cut. He was originally told that he would have his hours reduced to 16 per week, but he pointed out that we would lose working tax credit and he would have to seek alternative employment. After lots of discussion he was eventually offered redundancy, but in the end he suggested a pay cut instead. Not ideal, but hopefully we can cope until he finds a better job. He has been doing lots of driving practice with me and I think he will be able to pass his test fairly quickly once he has done the theory, which will really help with job applications.
I have to confess that the allotment has been rather neglected so far this year. My dad is standing as an independent candidate in the town and district council elections, so he has been busy with his campaign. I’ve only been up there a few times so the digging is going rather slowly and we haven’t planted anything yet.
Aaron played the piano in my mum’s spring concert again. He played three pieces this time and did a cute little bow afterwards which the audience loved!
He looked very proud of himself standing with all the other first half performers.
There has been lots of drawing in our house lately. Yesterday Aaron and Tabitha drew lots of ships and some “giant flying poos”! We’ve started doing a few drawing lessons using the Monart method again, the children seem to be a better age for it this time.
Ever since her birthday, Tabitha has been wanting to spend some of her money on “flowers”. So we went to the garden centre and she chose some pink petunias, a yellow osteospermum and some mixed pelargoniums to put in our balcony planters. Yellow has finally overtaken pink as her favourite colour, hooray!
Aaron decided that he wanted to spend some of his pocket money on a venus flytrap and a cactus.
When I was fetching the washing in yesterday evening, I noticed a broken bird’s egg on the balcony. It is pale blue but doesn’t seem speckled enough to be a blackbird egg. Starling maybe? I suspect the nest must be somewhere on our roof or guttering for the shell to land on our balcony. Certainly we have some very noisy birds outside our bedroom dormer window at 5 am in the mornings!