Friday, 24 October 2014

Blood Swept Lands: Revisited

The Boy Child and I took The Brainy One and our oldest friends up to the Tower of London to see the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Blood yesterday.  The contrast from our last visit in August was astonishing.
LIke then, I feel that any words of mine will be inadequate, so I'm going to let the images tell their own story.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

London's Cable Car

The Boy Child and I were invited to spend a day at an experience with the Dutch Friend and her children earlier this week.
Lovely, I thought.
Then I came down with a nasty cold and didn't feel like going anywhere at all. 
So we went today.  Because I felt a lot better and the sky was blue.
South of the river again.
To Greenwich.
The Boy Child was in his element.
As was The Brainy One.
Scared of heights?
Then it's probably not for you.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Zoom In| Zoom Out

A well done from the dentist was rewarded with a visit to his favourite coffee shop.
Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Imperial War Musuem

South of the river.
To Lambeth, to be exact, and the Imperial War Museum.
And even more specifically, to the World War 1 Galleries.
 Like the majority of London's museums, the IWM is free to enter and ideal for spending an hour or so.  To be honest, there is so much to see, we find it better to visit one specific exhibit each time we go.  
The Boy Child's class is looking at the Great War in History lessons this term.  It isn't a topic normally covered, but the teacher felt it should be included, given that 2014 is the Centenary of the Great War.    
 The Boy Child is 4' 4" tall.  Still too small to be a soldier, much to his disgust.  And my relief!
 MInd you, he does look good in uniform.  
 And in no way does the IWM glorify war.
  You can find out more how the UK plans to remember her war dead here and here.
You can read about Harry Patch here.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Me on Monday

It was a:
dental check-up,
book browsing,
 activity choosing,
 Harrods winning,
 Christmas present buying,
 refuelling,
and bite-size homework
 kind of Monday.
This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

Sunday, 19 October 2014

And So It Begins

Small bite-sized chunks.
A little each day.
He'll do what he can.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Finding a Balance

The Boy Child has just begun his two-week long half-term holiday.
During that time I would like him to write in his Holiday Diary every day and to read aloud most days.
School would like him to write up that Science experiment, copy out and learn a verse of the poem For the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon, think up and write out 10 spelling sentences, consolidate his knowledge about King Midas, begin an Art Journal, complete a 6 page personalised for him Holiday Homework booklet, read daily, learn 10 spellings and consolidate his knowledge of the 2 and 3 times tables.
I'm thinking it's way too much.
What say you?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Little Things

I was in The Boy Child's room earlier and saw something on the bed.
The Brainy One has a dinner/meet up/thing this evening and would be leaving the house round about the time The Boy Child came home from school.
So he took the time to leave a note.
He's a good man.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

Always a favourite place to stop and browse.

Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.