in discussing BB’s birthday with a work colleague, he still admitted that he couldnt see what a girl would get out of minecraft. after all, what would they do on it? i rolled my eyes and called him out on it, but he couldn’t get past that point. Good thing i didn’t show him this picture, where I seem to have caught an only boys with BB moment!

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But it wasn’t like that for much/most of the time, with the girls joining in, partic R when she arrived and also L and M. the boys are in the preponderance tho. But they play together, make stuff together, look for stuff together and get interactive. loved all the headphones tho as they are talking to each other! It was the quietest party ever!!

Older siblings and adults met and chatted in other areas. Some games playing and just chatting really. we were lucky that nanna could come with cousin L as well.

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we had birthday cake, lots of yummy food, and chatted on into the night. was lovely so many could come, and it worked really well :) happy 10th birthday BB!

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honestly! i am soooo tired! I spent most of last week at a conference in the city, returning to do weds4ed on the wednesday. then the rest was party prep for the weekend. so blogging took a back seat. as did nagging! therefore no ticksheets were completed and pretty much no bookwork home ed :( argh! oh well, a week off is sometimes required.

so what did happen?

SB had arts award [bronze] on the tues pm, getting herself there and back by bus as she is more independantly minded. she is doing something photography related, and i am hoping she is independently getting on with that! Her pictures were looked at, and ok, and she has homework to research an artist. probably one with a photographic interest.

weds was are weds4ed, where we finished off the degas modroc, which look fab, some fun science and also board games and minecraft

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also a very long judo, and BB had her judo grading in the seond half, so a full 2 hours for her, and she was exhausted! She did get her next belt though, which is her yellow belt, so very happy :)

thursday and clarinet lesson was cancelled, which was unfortunate as SB’s grade 4 clarinet exam is soon. However, she is sounding good, so should be OK :) there was also multisports, so a great opportunity to meet friends and get muddy. there are quite a lot of teens/older kids there now, which makes SB happy. So it is a good group.

Thursday was also BB’s birthday :) hooray :) she got some lovely presents and was particularly happy to have got a 3ds from my mum :) and some games from us. Even more lovely, was that Josie from patch of puddles came for a sleepover to enjoy birthday cake and go to cubs as a friend. BB was really excited about that and they had a lovely time. BB had a wobble on the return about sleeping arrangements but was all settled and the girls happily watched malificent with icecream.

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Friday was french lesson for SB as she is working towards her igcse then conservation group. After this josie was exhausted and went home. we then got ready to party party with sorting out the dining room for the influx of computers, and some baking for party food. I guess I might do the weekend as a separate post.

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You can see sb new sticker one!? [there is a star missing for igcse chem, and also an extra classical civ so 33, would really have liked another piano prac and some music theory in there!] . BB also did a fairly good week with 22 things, and really moving on with the English.



We haven’t weighed him for a while but clear he enjoyed his summer in the greenhouse and garden and put on a fair bit of weight this year. 353g, but not as much as he initially gained, so think growing nicely along his curve :)



SB started with the christmas cake yesterday, soaking the fruit. Today she made it according to st delia – 5 hours in the oven! we all had a stir and made a wish since we aren’t making a christmas pud. certainly the smells were wonderful :)

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Today she also made a start on her arts award. she has decided to redo bronze and submit it this time :roll: but do photography, with a theme of movement. We had a bit of a brainstorm on different ways to do photos, show movement, looking at a variety of sources for ideas. However, she isn’t used to using an slr camera at all, so today was all about using the slr and getting some movement photos whilst laughing with BB in the garden.

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Still focussing on our igcse prep, and SB did all but classical civ today. SHe has had some feedback from the classical civ tutor. He was pleased that she is good at handing in all her work, and her short answers are fine. However she needs to work on spelling [this is going to be tricky] and putting more detail and maybe pictures etc in her longer answers. Things DH and I had suggested [cf prev post thinking about scaffolding] She has already done her next classical civ work tho, so will put into practice the time after. She is really loving doing this with C tho :) . also did some clarinet prac and then some piano with me. so a good day of both work and fun.

BB did her home ed without fuss today, even the english! She has finised her science workbook on animals and plants, which she had enjoyed doing. SHe and i did the animal care today, sorting out rabbits and tortoise and we had snuggles and giggles. At judo she has been asked to tie her hair back… so today I cut her hair. Always tricky as she is a bit of a moving target! Result is not to bad, and luckilly her hair has some bounce to it, so the straightline not so critical!!!  we did piano together.

Off and on we caught up with the  Rosetta/Philae space rendevous with the comet. BB wanted a joss stick holder, so i made one comet shaped to commemorate the event. SB was slightly down mouthed, so I made her a joss stick holder too. SHe is totally out of the pink girlie phase, and asked for skulls and hearts! goth it is then ;) .

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so BB and SB have last practice judo before grading, and we are now sitting watching masterchef before bedtime.

still putting the work in, as hoping the room will be functional for xmas! at this stage it is all about the fittings! DH has put in some better wiring [he is good at electrics] and so at last we have light in the dining room! 2 lights in fact from the ceiling so we can see – hoorah! He has also been working in the loft for lighting for the bedroom. Also he has put in a soil pipe from where the toilet was to going through into our box room which will one day be another diy project turning into an en suite! So, it is still moving on!


as well as the bathroom to bedroom conversion, DH has had time to winterise the bunny palace. Not completely, but it is looking good. When we upgraded it, we used aviary panels for a full height ‘yard’ of 6ft x 6ft attached onto the 2 story hutch. currently every day they get taken out to a 6 by 4 run on the lawn to nibble. We have taken the advice of rabbit welfare, and a hutch is not enough to try and get it right. our double hutch isn’t quite to their sizing, so preparing for winter, we are hoping to make most of the yard run useable. In it we have another ‘secure’ area – it is a bench for us to sit on [or them to hop up onto] with all 4 sides closed, and a rabbity entrance. it is snug inside with hay. our aviary roof has polycarbonate on half, and currently mesh with a plastic waterproof top on the other half, tho considering polycarb there too. the mesh between hutch and roof is also covered with polycarb as is also the whole side next to the wendy house, and the single panel on the door side. this is leaving enough uncovered for fresh air to go through on the least exposed side. hopefully tho this will take the edge off wintry cold, as well as stopping most of the rain [snow] getting in. We will double layer the hutch when it gets colder [draping over the defunct paddling pool making an air trap] so with loads of hay should be snuggly, and the bench tempting us to sit and take a while. Later plans are fencing off the wendy house area for the grassy run for next summer…

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hopefully that will be good for the buns over winter. will move the water bottles so they are more sheltered too. [we always have a minimum of 2 bottles to make sure that even if one fails and leaks, the rabs will always have water.] and if it is a truly terrible winter, we will move them into the conservatory, like we have done before.


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Lol! I do sooooo love her :)


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