Madness and Mayhem part 2

Wednesday, we left our core work in order to get some other things done.  Sam wrote thank you letters for his birthday presents and a letter to his penpal. 20151118_50 We sorted out the final bits for our rucksack for the Rucksack Project, a friend we were due to meet in Portsmouth had kindly agreed to drop it at the venue for me (as I’ve been too badly organised to get it to Fareham like I meant to).

We took some cheques in to the banks.  I showed Samhow to fill in the paying in book and gave it to him saying ‘it’s yours so you can do it’.  His response was ‘isn’t my bank HSBC?’  So we left Santander, where no one in the family has an account, and went to the right bank!  The boy’s confidence in dealing with practical things like this stands out.  Which is good as I’m obviously losing my marbles.

Into Portsmouth where we were meeting some friends to tour the Guildhall.  It had the potential to be really interesting, unfortunately the lady giving the tour was young and nervous and obviously had no idea how to engage with the kids.  Too much focus on the corporate/wedding side.  Sam was in an odd, hyper mood and hard work.  Was a good thing to do though and I saw things I didn’t know were there/hadn’t noticed, such as the murals in reception and a public exhibition of music in Portsmouth.

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Here’s Susie photobombing Sam in revenge for his constant photobombing of everyone else’s photos. 20151118_43  Sam’s favourite bit.


The thing that caught me was this tree


What you can’t tell until you are up really close is that all the snowflakes are corporate logos.  It’s really, really clever!

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Trying to blow away the madness 😉

20151118_49The last two days have been much needed home days.  Catching up on cleaning and work backlogs.

A little bit of what we’ve done.

Discussing ‘fantasy objects’ for creative writing.20151120_16 Catching up on our Christian stories work.  Writing a storyboard for Daniel in the Lion’s Den and learning about parables.20151120_14

Learning about volcanic intrusions and seeing how less dense liquids rise.20151120_6

Making chocolate covered prunes (and apricots) as part of work on Russia.  We also had kiev for tea.  We’ve spent a lot of time discussing communism and the USSR so okay kiev isn’t Russian but fell into our general area.

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Carried on looking at Cezanne,20151120_18Moving on from portraits to still life we started with Three Skulls.  Focusing again on shading.


Scratch20151120_3 Kinect20151120_2 Reading and documentary watching also featured.  He’s loved Wild Weather and we watched something on volcanoes.  20151120_4

Ran out of steam this afternoon as had some sort of allergic reaction to something – lumps, watering eyes the works.  No idea what but a nap and a bath seem to have done the trick.  Wine and the Hobbit now.

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