Thursday, 27 August 2009

LA Contact

I have had a letter from Helen Shaw, who I guess is one of the new Learning Strategy Officers from Manchester who will be dealing with Home educators. The tone of the letter was ok, although she did use the word 'visit' and mention wanting to see evidence of the children's work. She said it would be 'lovely' to meet the children, if they were available. I get the feeling they are all trying really hard, and are open to home ed in its many forms, but haven't quite got the language.

Anyway, I was going to have a visit, to grill her on her training, educate her about autonomous ed, but in the end, I couldn't face it. I am just too tired and can't handle having to tidy the living room for somebody from the LA, even though the kids seemed into the idea of meeting her. So I sent a nice email, saying I would send a report, and she sent a nice email back saying fine. I have done the report, and now I just have to actually get to the Post Office. Phew!

I did it in quite an easy way, with lots of photos of the kids doing various activities. It has been loads of fun actually, because it has shown me that in spite of me feeling like I haven't done much with them lately, there is still lots that they have done. I am quite proud of the report, and will see if I can get it posted on here.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

A trip to Leicester

Of course we did go to Leicester last week to stay with friends. That was a wonderful time. Pam took care of me very well, and M played with B, and C got to play some games, play Alfie's old electric guitar, and see Conner and Zeb.

I unburdened myself on poor Pam, and didn't do any cooking or washing up, and came home feeling a bit better about things. I am still feeling ungainly, and tired, but not completely horrible, and I may be looking forward to this baby being born a bit more, rather than just looking forward to not being pregnant anymore.

Other than that, we had a picnic at Bradgate Park, where the deer come much closer to you than at Tatton Park, and the kids had a great time as well. There was a stream to play in, and a cliff to climb, and ice cream to be eaten. I had cake. Boy, did I have cake. Coudn't decide, so Pam and I shared a variety. Yummy!

An actual outing?!

We have been quite busy, but not particularly doing anything over the summer. Well, the kids have done summer school and workshops, but I have just been resting, and driving them around, or so it seems.

We did have a lovely day on Tuesday. Caroline posted on Madcow that she was heading off to Tatton Park, and would anybody like to join her? So we did. Took me a while, as I needed shower, and had to send C to buy peanut butter and hummus as we had nothing for a picnic. But off we went, and actually managed to find them in the throngs of summer holiday families. Maria was there too, who I haven't seen for ages.

It reminded me of all the fun we used to have when they were smaller, or at least when my older ones were smaller. They played in the trees, had ice cream, found huge sticks and logs that they wanted to bring home, lost shoes, found them again, went for a walk to see the deer, and just played. Nobody wanted to leave.

I just had C and M, which was great for them. Must get back in the habit of going out with them, as R will increasingly be doing her own thing. What a lovely day it was!