Days Out

Still in catch up mode here and want to use up my photos, so are some of the places we have been to this term.

Home Ed Nature Walk

Following the tree trail around Victoria Park in Portsmouth

Spot the children (think there are 3)

Workshop on Dinosaurs and Fossils at SEARCH in Gosport

Autumny walks

Trips to the Playground

 Explosion – Museum of Naval Firepower

Home Ed Pottery Lesson

Losing our way

Blogging has gone by the wayside lately for oh so many reasons.  Some as practical as having to move the site to a new server and having teething problems which meant about 2 weeks of no access, having a massive work project which left me little time for much else or at least little that I wanted to spend on computer, a couple of energy sapping bugs and a self imposed massive sewing task.


But if I am honest a lot of it has been about a crisis of confidence.  I began the term determined to throw myself into my role as educator to Sam even if Jack was in school.  But very quickly bugs hit and momentum and my energy vanished until getting up in the morning was an issue, taking Sam to home ed groups (big plus point of Jack being in school) didn’t work out well when I discovered there was nothing out there for us really, he didn’t really enjoy what we did manage to try and didn’t want to go again and some he just refused to try so I’ve felt a bit cut adrift and isolated.  I didn’t feel quite frankly I had anything to blog.


In the mean time Jack has been thriving at school and loving it making me question whether keeping them home has been selfish and if I should send Sam (he would go if I said so…).


All in all a churning mass of emotions, I’ve not had time or inclination to delve into too deeply.


So where am I now?  Dusted down, feeling relatively healthy and far more positive.  Home ed is not perfect and neither is school, but both boys are satisfied with their lot and are probably in the best place for themselves at the moment.


While we are not striding along, more faltering in an irregular, meandering way  over twists and turns and stones in the road, we are back on the path at least.


P.s. In the blog silence we may have done a lot more than I thought – have a big folder of photos and at least 10 saved draft posts to sort out…



Birthday Boy

Yesterday was Sam’s 7th birthday.  Hard to believe, trite to say it but it seems so quick, he is still so much my baby.

He’s spent it very quietly no big day out, no party.  We sat down and when he thought about a party he decided that actually he prefers one friend at a time and he’d rather have Oscar over and have time to play with him properly. As long as he had cake and time to play with his presents he was happy.  So that is what we did.

On one hand I feel guilty that so little was made of his birthday and that he doesn’t have a big enough friendship group to have a party.  But on reflection it was what he wanted and he appears to be pleased and happy.

It was also definitely better than Jack’s 7th birthday, which was two days after my Mother in Law’s funeral and we’d stayed in Wales so not to abandon my Father in Law – we walked up a mountain in the rain and then went to Tesco’s for him to chose a picnic lunch which he ate on the living room floor watching TV all afternoon.

Sam is much more like me and Pete than Jack is.  Groups don’t upset us and we’re friendly with many but few people cross over the boundaries to become real friends, but those that do are special.

Anyway here are some photos of the birthday boy.  Thank you to all friends and family who sent cards and presents we do appreciate it.  And yes he does like Moshi Monsters.