We have been to two graveyards this week – one because it’s next door to M’s pottery class, and the other because it’s next door to M’s Brownie class. Even though I’m not religious I still like church graveyards, particularly these two because they’re so pretty. We’ve had conversations about funeral plans, cremation, why some graves are in disrepair, over-population of graveyards and family tombs…
We are respectful of graves but graveyards are very good for hide and seek… the other day I overheard a Grandmother muttering about how she doesn’t want to be buried in this country because the English turn their graveyards into playgrounds! If I could hear when I’m dead and buried I think I’d quite like to hear children playing and laughter, rather than eternal silence…
So this is us in our ‘playgrounds’. 😉 D loves the picture below: Cute Twitchy taking flight!
We’ve had some interesting conversations this week: this morning D was asking why some people tell their children they won’t get Christmas presents if they’re naughty. Neither of us could think of a time when D was naughty, but I told D that I would rather she learnt to behave in the right way out of respect for others, rather than for fear of not getting presents. I’m not sure she understood my reasoning, but she certainly doesn’t understand why presents are dependent on being naughty or nice. Good.
We went to Nottingham over the weekend for my niece and nephew’s birthdays – M and I had a lovely time but D was very homesick. She didn’t want to play or go to the party and didn’t really settle until the morning we were due to leave. We don’t usually go up for such a short time but I didn’t want (and M didn’t want) to miss her two classes – we’re counting down the few remaining Brownie classes she has left. 😦
Yesterday we had a gorgeously autumnal morning at Bushy Park with D’s friend, D. When we got home we watched some old favourite films – Watership Down and Bambi. How lovely it is to not be tied down by any curriculum or timetable. The sausages are free to be children!
Ok, so we didn’t make it to Lumiere London – we were far too cosy and warm to face going out. As it turns out it sounded too busy for us and was even turned off outside Kings Cross at one point to disperse the crowds. I don’t do crowds, particularly with small children!
On Friday, we braved the freezing cold to meet D’s best friend at Bushy Park. I’ve only been there once and that was years ago (for M’s back to school picnic!) and I had completely forgotten how near to us it actually is. It’s only 20 minutes away, or at least it would be if it was easier to find. No road signs and my sat nav didn’t know where it was either which meant we were late, and our friends were REALLY late for the same reason! M was so cold by the time they arrived that we only stayed for a few minutes before heading home again. Ah well, we will probably try again another time, especially now we know where it is!
We’ve been revisiting a lot of old favourite films recently – Disney’s Robin Hood; Johnny English; 101 Dalmatians; and Jake & the Neverland Pirates. We also watched Jurassic Park for the first time (didn’t go down well) and Hugo (me and M loved it!). We watched Castles: Britain’s Fortified History too, or at least I watched it: the girls weren’t really that interested until someone dropped their trousers and farted at the Normans during the Siege of Exeter – their ears pricked up at that point.
We’ve also spent a fair amount of time clearing out old toys to go to charity or in the bin; playing a few apps (Plants vs Zombies is a current favourite of M’s, and D has almost finished her One Billion maths app); playing Junior Scrabble; poker; learning card tricks; going to ‘D land’ (imaginary play is like medicine for D); playing the piano; and french knitting.
J took the girls swimming at Guildford Spectrum yesterday but unfortunately he punctured a tyre on the way home and they had to wait hours to be rescued by the AA. All three of them were absolutely exhausted by the time they got home and the girls have been quite out of sorts today too. I can’t work out if it’s linked or if something else is going on. We managed art class this morning but both sausages have been on edge all day – swinging between tiredness, boredom and tears. 😦
I definitely have a case of the January blues which I think is rubbing off on the girls – I’m certainly through the lurgy we had last week so I’m not as exhausted as I was but I’m feeling rather flat and lethargic. I can’t wait for my old buzz to come back!