September 26, 2016
Hello there folks.
We had some wonderful adventures last week, here’s a quick recap.
Matt had a day off work so I took advantage of that and left my boys at home to enjoy each others company while I met my friend A at the cinema to see Bridget Jones’s Baby. I used to be an avid cinema go-er but in recent years I haven’t been as much because of cost and childcare so this was a rare treat for me. I had an awesome time, the film was great and it’s always lovely to spend some child free time with A.
Knowing that we had a few busy days ahead of us we stayed home and just enjoyed some down time. Down time is good – necessary.
We had plans to meet A and her children but unfortunately she was having some car trouble that she needed to get sorted. We made a last minute decision to go to the Glasgow group. They were on their wildcard week so instead of being in Glasgow they were actually at Loch Lomond – just 15 minutes down the road from us. Perfect.
We all met at the Balloch train station at 12:30 and from there we walked down the side of Loch Lomond for a wee while until we reach a little beachy area where we set up base for the afternoon. Nibsy and I hadn’t been to this section of the Loch before so it was nice to go somewhere a little bit different. Nibsy took his fishing net along in hopes of catching a salmon, I did try and point out that it was highly unlikely he would but he had fun anyway.
Look at that view, it’s just one of the reasons why I love Scotland so much. Sure, other England boasts some gorgeous places to (looking at you Lake District!) but Scotland, nothing beats Scotland’s landscape!
Nibsy can find large groups quite difficult, so many people and personalities can be hard for him to navigate but he had a good time, of course having a good time seemed to involve wading almost waist deep in to the Loch while wearing all his clothes. He was very very wet and he wasn’t the only child there who was. Luckily he didn’t need to walk home sopping wet because our friend C offered to give us a ride home in her car.
We met with or Learning Group. It’s actually a little bit sad because one of the group is moving on to pastures new soon and we’re going to miss him and his mum very much. They’re not going too far but circumstances etc mean that he won’t be attending Learning Group anymore.
Group this week took part at the Tramway in Glasgow. We’ve never been to the Tramway before and I’m wondering why because its lovely. There are several free art installations to explore and they also have the “hidden garden” which is a gorgeous outdoor area to explore. The boys were quite lively when we first got there so we decided the gardens would be the best place to start with. See if you can spot the Nibsy…
The first day of Autumn treated us to blue skies and sunshine so we spent a good chunk of time outside soaking up the vitamin D before heading inside to visit one of their exhibitions. This one to be exact. The artist has used film strips, a pitch black room and flashlights to create an interactive display. The boys all loved it – there were giant flashlights involved so that helped! I’m always so thankful when we attend exhibits like this that we have the freedom to home educate and that it allows me to introduce Nibsy to so many varied experiences. We really are very lucky!
I am still endeavouring to learn how to sew and my friend C is helping me out. C is also a home educator and has three children so we spent the day with them at their house. C and I worked on a tote bag I’m making and Nibsy got to play with her children who he adores. It’s great to just spend the day hanging out with friends.
The weekend was spent at home with Dad, doing some chores, playing video games, reading books and generally relaxing and enjoying each others company!
What did you get up to last week?
September 19, 2016
September is flying by and boy has it been busy for us. There’s so much to tell and you know what they say about pictures and a thousand words so I’m going to let my photos do the talking…mostly.
This was technically the last day of August but it needs to be included so lets pretend it was September. Largs Viking Festival. A great day out with totally awesome friends!
Learning Club which we held at the North Kelvin Meadow in Glasgow. Mosaic making and paint throwing.
We kicked off a week in England with Nibsy wearing a kilt and being best man at his Uncles wedding.
Hunting The Stickman (Julia Donaldson) through the Wyre Forest with Nana and Grandad. We even found a slumbering Gruffalo.
A walk followed by a picnic on the Long Mynd for our final day with Nana and Grandad before we headed slightly North to visit Grandma and Grandad.
A walk to Derby town and lunch out with old friends who we miss an awful lot!
On our way home to Scotland. The sun was shining brightly in the Lake District – a shame we were stuck in the car for most of the day.
Blackberry (or Bramble if you’re Scottish) picking. The crop wasn’t very good this year but we still managed to gather enough to bake a delicious Apple and Blackberry Crumble. I’m not much of a baker but I think Nibsy and I did a pretty good job of it together!
A trip on the ferry to Bute. On the Ferry we completed our final craft of book club – making flags to go on top of biscuit pirate ships! Poor Nibsy had very sore lips, he had a cold and they got very chapped. He didn’t utter a word of complaint though.
Visiting Rothesay Castle on Bute.
A trip across the River Clyde using the free Govan Ferry so that we could visit…
Govan Old Church and the Govan Stones. Nibsy asked for a guided tour and thoroughly enjoyed learning some of the history of the church and the stones.
So, that’s how our September looks so far and we still have a lot of other fun things lined up to enjoy! Cannot wait!