We have had some rather busy weeks here.
Our biggest event was our termite inspection.
Our guy likes all the furniture pulled away from walls
and all the stuff pulled out of cupboards to expose the skirting boards.
It’s a huge job but it’s a great opportunity to do some decluttering.
So that’s where a huge chunk of our last fortnight went.
(Thankfully, he found no termites. Whoohoo!)
Of course, school has happened around all this mess.
Every morning we spent a few hours on Math.
Year 11 Math takes a long time.
And an expensive calculator!!
After Math we did some grammar, Latin, spelling and worked on our current essay.
We always have an essay on the go.
By then the postie has usually been so it’s reading time.
Okay, he doesn’t come every day (that’s a shame!)
and he rarely brings big piles like this,
but, when he does, it’s lovely.
In the past fortnight, the postie bought this lovely book on Abel Tasman.
I bought it primarily for the illustrations.
Just look at them.
It was a good read too.
We also got this little Anzac title.
I’m always adding to our Anzac book collection.
This book also become the subject matter for their most recent essay.
Picture books aren’t just for the little guys!
We also read this lovely newly published book, “The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes”.
And a lovely friend sent me several book gifts –
“Twelve Kinds of Ice”, “Roxaboxen” and “Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile”.
My book friend knows my tastes so well.
And from the library, we read “Ten Pound Pom”.
I highly recommend this book.
It’s an interesting historical read.
As you can tell, I’m very partial to children’s picture books.
But never fret, they are always additions to our school reading.
The core of our reading is always big people books.
Here’s our current reading basket.
(Actually, we’ve already finished that Louisiana Purchase book.
I need to move it back to the bookshelves.)
In the evenings, our documentaries have had a Russian flavour.
We’ve been working through the “Peter the Great” miniseries.
And, yes, we pulled out a picture book from our shelves for a quick review of Peter the Great.
Picture books are much lovelier than a paragraph from a dull textbook.
We also watched “The Way Back” which is about a group of people escaping a Russian gulag.
It’s based on a true story and quite inspiring.
Recently, we’ve been watching a little family of curlews.
The mother and father bird nested in a friend’s front yard
so each week, when we’ve visited, we’ve checked up on the little bird family.
Check out the way the curlew bird sits.
Their ‘knees’ bend forwards when they sit!
But, our whole life isn’t bookwork, books and birds.
Recently, we headed to a friend’s place for a computer processing workshop.
My computer boy was in techie heaven.
Actually, all of the boys loved the workshop.
Dr Karstan Schulz presented the workshop
to demonstrate his product, the B4 Learning System.
We were all, parents included, incredibly impressed with the product,
the presentation and Dr Schulz.
I’m very very tempted to purchase further kits to work through.
Hmmm…whose birthday is next?
This past week, we also headed to the orchestra to hear some Mendelssohn and Brucker.
And almost every week ends up in a park somewhere.
This week we explored a new park and I believe it may become a new favourite.
Outside of school hours and playing mum’s taxi,
I’ve been busying reading, “Saving Leonardo” and “How Should We Then Live”.
“How Should We Then Live” is touted as an excellent read
but, to be honest, “Saving Leonardo” is so much better.
Toss Schaeffer and keep Pearcey, I say.
You must read “Saving Leonardo”!
It’s all about worldviews and it’s brilliant.
Speaking of books and book spaces,
(Do I ever speak of anything else?!),
I bought myself a new little bookshelf recently.
We have all of these delicious books that we want to read
sitting on my desk cluttering up our work space.
I didn’t want to put them away in the bigger bookshelves
because they’d be forgotten and overlooked before we got a chance to read them,
so I bought them their own little shelf.
I suppose you could call it the ‘to be read’ shelf.
Yes, some people have a pile, but we have a whole shelf.
Finally, we had a some birthday cake with friends this week.
Lauren, Miss 15, baked this cake for me.
She bakes me something every year.
Yes, she’s that sweet.
And this was her birthday surprise this year – a cupcake.
It tasted as good as it looks.
Tomorrow, for my actual birthday, I have a dishwasher installer man
coming to bring me my birthday present – a new dishwasher.
I haven’t had a dishwasher in years and years.
So, for my birthday, you now know what I won’t be doing…
ever ever again!