Sunday, April 08, 2007

We're off .... finger's crossed

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B's Easter chicks with lost of character!

Hoping you've had a fabulous Easter! The weather's been just wonderful - we had our first picnic tea in the garden on Thursday and our first barbeque of the year today. The joys of sitting out in the garden with a cuppa watching the kids do some jumping over poles, listening to their chatter, listening to the birds and having the cat on my lap - bliss. But I can't make that cuppa last all day as we've been busy doing lots of this ...
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Actually I think I should make a career out of packing, I think I have quite a knack for finding the right item to fit into nooks and crannies of each box to make it all come together neatly, carefully and, well, just right. K and B seem to have the knack too. B packed a box of dolls house bits and worked it all out beautifully, and K has been in charge of boxing up her huge collection of model horses.

So, with P away (until two days ago) in Australia (on business, although we did have an excuse to go sightseeing as he kindly took a Flat Traveller from the States with him!) and me spending my days either on the phone to the solicitor, mortgage guys, estate agent, removal firm or the lovely people at the home we're moving to, I've also managed to continue, until the end of Wednesday, with some form of education for K and B. Here's a quick run down ...

We've completed another maths poster, "all about numbers", although this naturally could go on and on forever. We finished understanding mean, median and mode and used toys and games to learn it all. We've done more to our light project too, but haven't managed to complete it yet. We learnt that there are primary pigment colours (red, blue and yellow) as well as primary light colours (red, blue and green) and how they combine to make black (pigment) and white (light). Made a spinning disk to show this and also did an experiment to understand why the sky is blue and how this can change to red during sunsets. Also read a bit about shadows and the eclipse and made fun eerie shadow puppets to understand this more.
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B has started a new film on the PC having designed loads and loads of different Lego cars and taken photos of them. He's also drawn a couple of lovely Hot Wheels cars which he'd like to send in to the Hot Wheels magazine.
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We've done some marbling, at home and at a friend's house, decorated hard boiled eggs and made mini nests by weaving coloured wools on a simple cardboard circle template. All very pretty for Easter.
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K has been tending to her two Bonsai trees with enthusiasm and has been re-reading her Bonsai books to learn more about them. She's started a mini diary/note book on the art of it all and would like to try growing a mini tree from seed or take grafts to produce a two species tree. All sounds very interesting.

We are still watching the really good "history of trees" programme on TV on Monday evenings (BBC2 7.00p.m.) and are looking forward to this week's one about Scotts Pines as we shall have several in our new garden.

Think that's it. Had a lovely relaxing day away from the boxes in the house but tomorrow we'll be back to boxing and dismantling furniture with avengence. This will probably be my last post for a (hopefully short) while. We're hoping to move on Thursday, finger's crossed (exchanging contracts on Tuesday, again finger's crossed) and we'll lose our broadband until we've settled with BT and Sky after the move.

Bye for now - will hopefully have piccies of our new abode when I'm back on-line.

By the way, love the "word cloud" that appeared on Lucy's blog, you can do your own here.
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At 11:23 pm, Blogger Nikki said...

Wow, how exciting! I hope everything goes smoothly with the move for you all. Love B's chicks!

At 1:39 am, Blogger Thea said...

Those chicks are gorgeous.

Fingers well and truly crossed that all goes well for your move.

At 12:26 pm, Blogger lucy said...

Wow - you all did so well doing art and numbers etc. right up to the move! Boxes bringing back some fairly recent memories to me :) Will be thinking of you and look forward to seeing you on the other side as it were :)

At 12:30 pm, Blogger Emma said...

I hope the move goes well. I can't believe you've managed to pack up a house and do all those activities as well. Phew!

At 9:44 pm, Blogger sam said...

Good luck with the move! Can't wait to see pics of the new house.


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