this week was a bit of a book week as we knew we were going to be holidaying for 2 weeks, and wanted to 'keep at it'. the usual clubs and lessons went on. ballet, swimming, clarinet/oboe, cubs/guides. More importantly there was judo grading!
FrB and BB had their grading
at the club on weds night, and both have gone up to the next belt. FrB
is particularly pleased as that means she is no longer a white belt :) .
SB had her grading at the regional gradings so no pics of that, but she
also got her next belt.
was supposed to be a visit to sutton hoo, but my on call had been
knackering and i hadn't had enough sleep to drive all that way. Also, BB
really needed a quieter day with me, so we made it a morning home ed
bookwork and an afternoon of painting kind of day. SB chose mostly to do
music theory though instead of painting, as she said the painting muse
wasn't with her. We used oil paints on canvas and had a modern art book
for some inspiration. FrB drew hers from the wave crossed with
shakespeare 12th night storm.
both older girls had wind lessons, and BB had young engineers, where
she made a catapult. Friday was conservation group and then packing for
as i said, saturday SB did her judo grading whilst
FrB and BB came with me to Kentwell open day. I didn't see frb much as
she was running with the early teens. BB got some stilts, which she
practiced on, and luckilly the weather was good.
the sunday- We are trying to write our own History of Britain [ok mostly
England] journals as our homeed project with FrB whilst she is here. It
will be a lovely thing to take back to France with her, and will be
personalised education of her time here. We take extracts from a variety
of history books, read some relevant stories, watch some relevant DVD's
and then visit places associated with that time. I buy a postcard and
they get to stick it in the journal too. I had planned to do arts/crafts
and cooking of the time, but haven't quite managed to have that much
time! For the Roman period, I would very much like to visit the roman
baths at bath - done, hadrians wall [now done] , fishbourne palace -
might not get to, verulamium museum in st albans - definitely on the
list. I think these are significant romans-in-britain icons to visit. We
might catch other places, but TBH, there are fab roman places in france
SO, Hadrians wall had us driving straight after the
Kentwell open day as North as we could get - Durham-ish - to stay in a
travelodge. Again I ended up with the 3 girls whilst DH had his own
room. BB and FrB fell asleep in the car so were a bit waily tired,
easier just to stay in room to get them all asleep! A big breakfast and
we were on the road. I love going North, I love Northumberland. The
weather was beautiful, the views lovely, and when we cut west from
Newcastle, we followed Hadrians wall along until we got to housesteads. I
have visited Vindolanda with the girls and deependers before, and think
I prob preferred it, but housesteads was really worthwhile visiting. a
bit of a down and up before you get there, and then a bijou museum to
look around. We read, looked and watched their video. I think they took a
lot of inspiration from Game of Thrones because there was a lot of snow
falling on the wall, and moody music :) .
We then had a great
time investigating and exploring the fort, the hypocausts always a hit,
the moody imagining looking out from the wall daring those wildlings to
attack... BB loved visiting the most in shape roman loos in britain :)
[and that is what is on her postcard!] , and we did some good self
Finally we ended up geocaching on the wall, but BB hurt
herself, so we went back to the museum for icecream :) . eventually we
were all on our way to Budle bay and the next segment of our holiday.