Saturday, 19 July 2014

Our Week

 After our workboxes on Monday morning, we headed out into the woods to climb some trees.
Miriam had collected a large pile of twigs to make her own imaginary campfire, so Granny suggested we brought them home to build our own fire in the garden.
We were not experienced (or brave) enough in these things to build a proper campfire on the grass, so we built it on a metal tray on the patio!
We cooked our beans for lunch on it
and toasted marshmallows for pudding. Such fun!
Throughout the week I have been having a sort out of the piles of work and drawings that have been produced this year, recycling a lot, but choosing the best pieces to file away into their individual box files for storage.
It was lovely to look back at the different things they have produced.
On Wednesday we had a really interesting and enjoyable family day at Eyam in Derbyshire. It was here in 1665 that the plague struck, carried by a flea infested bundle of cotton that was sent from London to a tailor in the village.
The cottage where the plague started.
 We looked around Eyam Hall, a National Trust property, that was built in the Jacobean style after the plague had ended.
On Thursday we had our normal morning routine of workboxes and Nathanael wrote his own Psalm, based upon Psalm 100 which we have been studying.
Tabitha showing her English literature book. Her current theme is Homes.
 The children looked at the work of Vincent Van Gough and Georgia O'Keefe and had a go at creating their own still life drawings using charcoal.
Whilst in Stockport Market on Friday we saw BBC Radio Manchester being recorded live. We stopped for a while to watch, and we were taken by surprise as Nathanael and I ended up getting interviewed by Mike Sweeney!
 Nathanael attended his Maker Fun workshop on Saturday morning and he had the opportunity to learn how to make animation with a real life animator, Paul Claessens using a Raspberry Pi. He had been looking forward to this for weeks.
Can you see how excited he was?!
Nathanael chose to make an animated Robin Hood from one of his drawings.
I hope to be able to share with you the video he made when it has been edited.
If you are from Manchester, MakerFun will be at the MOSI Maker Faire next weekend and we would highly recommend that you go and try making your own animation with them.


  1. Looks like a fun week. Eyam is on my list of places to visit.

  2. Mmmm... It's years since I tasted yummy baked beans on toast. Sigh!