Dh father passed away last night peacefully following a gradual decline from February. He was a characterful man, who made the most of life to get beyond adversity. My blog isn’t talking to flickr or computer, so all my lovely pics of John will have to wait. I am glad he had a gentle passing, and he is free of pain and the distress of no longer being the man he was.

 

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following kentwell the girls did quite a bookish week. They got back into the swing of things quite happily. we had a really great history all day workshop – this time about the civil war – I am determined we will get that far in history!! :D Botany happened again on Tuesday, and this week it was looking round a lovely private garden. When we get back to gardening, there are lots of ideas there! Unfortunately I was pretty unwell tues and weds, so no weds4ed as didn’t want to pass on any lurgies. On thurs after music lessons the family went to visit DH parents, and cheer up grandad. He is back home, but not so well any more, and unable to get about like he used to. I think friday was orienteering :)

the next week I think we had as outings rollerskating with home ed friends and came back with 2 more children! E and R for a sleepover until the weds. They all had a great time, loombanding, just dancing, karaoke, wii, playing hide and seek, crafting with hama beads etc. Lovely :) . we inflicted little shop of horrors musical on them…  on weds we did have weds4ed, and we made dentistrometers with sugar solution, and were all surprised that almonds were not as dense as sugar sprinkles ;) . some of the carefully done density columns were very beautiful. again, photos resolutely on flickr! also some music, and decorating biscuits [more sugar!] as well as a mathsy/thinking game. music lessons and all the clubs were still on, but this was the last ballet week and guides week.  Last ever for FrB and she has started to realise her time here is nearly over, and get homesick a bit!! we did get some rabbits though :) so lots of fun there. DH and the girls went to visit their grandparents.

This last week has seen the last judo and weds4ed for FrB, so definitely a few sad moments getting friends skype etc addresses. We have quite got used to FrB living here, and it will definitely seem quite odd when she is gone! She is a really lovely girl, but also quite noisy, high maintenance for interaction/love/cuddles/attention so I think it is going to be a lot quieter. She and BB have mostly a great relationship, but are the 2 greatest arguers, as they do have quite similar personalities in many respects [hotly denied by both of them ;) ] . Quite a good start to the week from the booksy home-ed perspective, tho tailed off a bit towards the end of the week! BB and FrB did a lot of playing together with lego and with Sylvanians. there was wild place yesterday, rollerskating thursday and the usual music lessons. This was the last proper music lesson, but the girls have a duet they are playing next week – must video :) . Weds4ed was mostly loombanding, playing board games and just being friends altogether. we did make chocolate dipping sauce for a treat though, to go with fruit and biscuits :)

well, i guess that is as much of an update as I can remember :( . I will try and blog better, but there has been a lot going on!

 

FrB was lucky enough to have been given a wodge of money by her parents for when she was over here. She divided this into 6 months plus  shopping trip. She has mostly stuck to it. This weekend we did a shopping trip. We got in mid morning – which was something of a miracle! and said, go forth and shop!! to help things out, I did have to give BB and SB some spending money [not a matching amount tho! ] . SO as we walked down the road, we peered in various shops, and I realised we were going to have a problem. FrB wants to buy things at unrealisitcally low prices. Anyway, we went into some trendy crafty shops where there were lovely bags and purses etc, we went to a craft market [some spending] and the bigger market [ some spending] and a rash of clothes shops. Although the sale was on, FrB couldn’t find quite what she wanted, tho bought one lovely jumper. She was also disappointed that my under 14 make up rule of nail varnish and lipgloss only did apply to her. ah well!! I think she still enjoyed the shopping, even with more than half the money left. SB bought some books [surprise!] some v skinny jeans – she is a size 6 – and a very cheap top, so counted herself happy. BB bought lego, and bargainaceous stamp [of an A] necklace and a piece of quartz, and was also v happy. DH and i bought some cheese, but spent a LOT of money! towards the end of the day, DH and BB were shopped out. DH went to cafe nero, but BB kept with ne and the girls, eventually we split, and walked around lush – which she likes – and then sat waiting for all the shops to shut so we could go home. Lovely day out though on the whole :) A funny thing happened as we waited for the bus, I told the kids to shuffle up so i could sit down, and the whole row did, including adults! I did say thankyou :)

Sunday was a chilling day! we did some history project, and some Latin with the big girls, and then set up some wet and needle felting. SB is making a necklace, FrB a nessie scene, BB did a chick, and i used odds and ends to make a flower panel. They all looked rather nice :) . SB has been v keen to be a bit more dramatic with her hair, so as well as having a fringe cut in, she has now peroxided the lower 10cm or so of hair [the change is at shoulder length so it can be cut off if necessary] she is very pleased with it! We went out as a treat to the cinema as well. It was nearly completely empty!! I believe there was some football match or other on, which might have made the difference! We saw how to train your dragon 2, and all enjoyed it, even with the sad bit, it ends on a high note.

It has been quite a while since we had the pitter patter of rabbity feet in this house. We were all so sad when the last rabbits escaped that I put off getting replacements. However we have 2 cutie pie mini lop does bibitty bobbing now in the playroom getting used to the girls.

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Our children also deep in the loom bands craze! We bought the movable loom from our friends at craft merrily and loads of bands. The house resonates to you tube tutorials and the pluck of bands :)

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happy birthday sis, always thought of, but especially so on your birthday.

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kentwell Hall in Long melford is the home of the annual great tudor recreation, this time for only 2 weeks and 3 weekends. We were part of the reenactors on the second week, so arrived on the saturday to look round as punters first before we became players on the sunday. FrB has never seen it, so it did make sense. Howver, although I though wer pretty much had everything packed and ready on the friday, DH felt there was loads to still do on the sat, so i decamped with the girls in one car, and waited for him to arrive [7 hours later!]
We went in and met the rather nice gateman and the players and made our way round the house. I loved the rufflers, and then we met gentry and cooed at new babies before going past the yew hedge and meeting 2 maids known to us. now, my blog is still not talking to flickr, so will have to wait to add photos. I thought the people in the brewhouse were particularly good at explaining what they were doing and why :) . we went out and had our packed lunch before going back in and to the barnsward. Met lots of people we knew, always hard to go round as a punter! met up with thebabs and had cider in the alehouse and had a good chat before watching parade and dancing going on. Looked fab. Was impressed :) and then stayed hidden so not chased off site as became a part at flag down.

Sat night was the annual boat race night, and a lovely evening on the frontsward. I did notice as the week went on, more and more people eating in the stableyard, and although i see that that is easier now service is there, i do miss the sight of everyone eating on the barnsward!

So, I loved being a dyer! it is a great station full of lovely people, and it also has really interesting things to do, and so totally bought by the dyeing bug and the interest on seeing what colours might appear! Am really hoping to be a dyer next year as well :) . Have to say that unfortunately had a migraine on last weekend, but SB did the breakfast, and it didn’t hold me back, and on the last day i think the kentwell lurgy was lurking, so felt rubbish by the end! but the dyers is fab :) .

DH appeared to enjoy being a builder, nice ppl with him, and got to do something practical that he could see was useful – i rebuild a tumbling down hovel! he did end up leaaving one day to race back to see his dad in hospital, but luckilly his dad was better than he thought. In fact he even stayed in costume for the ceilidh :)

SB was in the stillroom, and worked hard therre, and lots of people came up to me to say how hard she worked, how helpful she was, what a lovely girl she is etc and I felt very proud and happy :) . She was very happy with the extra bits of kit she had – hatpins and snips etc :) and also making her purple potions. in the evening she was lovely to help me with getting dinner and washing up, all done with good grace, so then she could go and play with friends in good conscience. She had a bit of a rough ride with the group of friends she has known for years which was a surprise, and not particularly nice to watch or deal with, but i think she did deal with it with dignity. Luckilly she also has other friends to value her.

FrB was a bit of a hard one to keep tabs on, and was in the pottery, but did a lot of wandering off station, and unfortunately did get us all into trouble by breaking rules, despite me telling her v carefully not to do it. sigh! however, I did my best to get her some good experiences, such as invited to low board at the gentry, to be able to have a go at spoon carving etc and making her life straightforward. Most people on the manor knew who she was, as despite not always doing what she is told, she is a lovely girl :) and the pleats on her red bodied petti were lovely!

BB adores kentwell, and she had a great time as always. she was v helpful for me, as we were stationed near, and since FrB had decided not to be helpful! she enjoyed the barnschool and the potters, and hopes to be with the carvers next year for at least a part of it. she was helpful on the dyers too, and learned to make skeins with the reel, found bark chippings for us, and made us giggle :)

So , there you are, a fab time at Kentwell. Now I have recovered, looking forwards to next year! and have to my sewing list a cloak each for sb and bb, a long apron for me, a big drapy jacket for me since i didn’t get to have a gown, and finish dh doublet.

well, this was my issue! trying desperately to keep sewing despite a 2 week migraine to get all the clothes ready for Kentwell, including a new doublet for DH. The week was pretty crazy busy for the girls. In home ed history, we have finally got to 1066 and the battle of Hastings. Am beginning to wonder whether we will get as far as the civil war let alone anything more modern! hmmm, thinking of civil wars, there are things like twotr first too! argh!

However, this week was a bookish week. DH mum is still staying with us. this is the second week as unfortuately DH dad really hasn’t been well since FrB came, and is gradually having a few more problems. Lovely to be able to have MIL with us though whilst PIL is in hospital. ALl hoping he isn’t in there for much longer. Many of our friends at Kentwell for the first week, so wed4ed didn’t go ahead, and instead I took the girls to the raptor centre after they had done their morning work so that we could see the birds fly. BB was really unhappy that the reptile part was shut, however they did all get to fly an owl, which was rather fantastic!

 

Friday was orienteering and getting the last bits and pieces packed for Kentwell. Finally, ready for FrB to go and find out what all the fuss is all about!

yes, yes, I know, I have again skipped the working week! home ed was done, things learnt etc etc. What’s more i did the home ed photo day :) however… I will crack onto the weekend and add photos when I have flickred as well behind and life moves on.

This weekend was the village fete, and the girls spent saturday mostly baking and decorating. we had 5 cupcakes in a commonwealth flag theme, and also chocolate cakes. the girls entered some glass art and their aboriginal art pictures as well.

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Having dropped off the entrants on sunday, we went to a local national trust working watermill grinding flour, which the girls found quite interesting. they then paddled in the watermill pool, and BB swam, despite us having no towels or dry clothes – you are only young once :)

 

We got back to the craft fair to view the entrants, and see where we were placed. FrB had first for her cow, SB third for cupcakes… And to our huge delight, FrB won a cup :)

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