Precious Memories

Life is returning to some sort of normality after an incredibly busy couple of weeks.  The busyness culminated in the children’s cabaret night, in which Gary was drumming and my four older children were singing.  It was wonderful to see them all, but B3 had simply had enough of the busy days and late nights and was very restless throughout the whole concert.  Having just recently given up napping during the day she has begun again in earnest, needing to go down for a couple of hours each morning.

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That weekend we were all very tired and crabby.  Fortunately life soon rights itself after some sleep and days which don’t involve rushing from one activity to another.  This week has felt good in its slowness.  School has continued as normal.  A5 is really taking off with her reading and finished the first book of All About Reading.  In addition her confidence is also growing in maths, which she has always loved but likes to have me nearby.  This week she has wanted to do more and more by herself:

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Much fun has been had out in the garden, on the trampoline, picking the seemingly never ending harvest of our plum tree and taking many, many photos of nature.  Speaking of which, T12 is particularly fanatical about his photography and itching to get his blog where he would be able to share his photos with cyberspace

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I thought I’d share a couple of his photos.  He has a real eye, I think, for finding the beauty around him:

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I am really enjoying my time with younger two girls in the kitchen.  Any time anyone is in there, one or both of the little ones will be begging to join in.  This week we made some healthy wholemeal seeded pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips inside served with half fat crème fraiche:

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And just one more photo, captured whilst T12 was teaching the girls how the video camera works:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with much love and laughter!

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26 comments

  1. Lovely to see the photos of the cabaret we missed. Thanks for putting them on line Claire. I love what Tom is capturing on his camera, he is very accomplished.
    I would like the pancake recipe if you have time to jot it down thanks again Claire.
    Love & Hugs to everyone
    Pat x

    1. Of course Pat, I’ll write it down for Tuesday. It’s a thrown together home made recipe so proportions aren’t that important! xx

  2. T has a real talent for good photos! Keep it up! Congrats to A5 fror her wonderful progress in reading and maths. It’s all good! 🙂 Have a good weekend.

  3. Look at all the joy!! That is always what strikes me the most with your posts. Yes, T does have an eye for beautiful photography of nature! You have an eye for good people photos, too. I have noticed a calmness that has come over your school/family as of late.

    1. It’s probably because I’m sleeping! I now simply don’t have the time to do everything I once easily had the time for. Oh well, I’ll take sleep any day!

  4. Its sounds as though you have all had some good fun learning and leisure time. It is so good to hear your news.

    1. They are good, and not too unhealthy either. I sometimes make them with raisins instead of chocolate which makes them even more healthy.

  5. Cabaret night looks like it was a big hit and so much fun, but I’m sure you really are happy tohave things go back to a slower pace…until the next time! I do love T’s nature photos. What kind of bird is that?

    1. It’s a parakeet. They were released into the wild here after being in captivity (they are not native to here at all) and have thrived to such an extent that they are now considered a pest to be shot at!
      They are beautiful, but not when they descend in hoards and steal all our apples!

  6. The Cabaret looks like such fun. I love the pictures of the bird and spider. You always seem to have such fun while you are learning. That is the way it should be!!

  7. I just love these posts. Your children are beautiful! I am sure the cabaret was such fun. T’s photos are beautiful. Faith is looking to start a blog with just photos. She is learning, also, and is doing a fantastic job.

    I love these Friday posts:)) Even if I don’t get to them until Tuesday;/

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