Lol – where have my children been…..
Starting to wonder if i have accidentally packed them. I hardly seem to have seen them… gulp. Fran nursed all day yesterday. I had an afternoon out, haircut (very short for me!) and book buying, Moo slept for 4 hours on the sofa and Scruff played with the dolls house. She LOVES the dolls house. Moo did lots of playdough and made a cake and sweet shop.
Today they all played again, then came out in the garden while i gardened to get ready to leave, potted up the herbs we planted last year etc. I am hoping that some of the plants from this garden may have ahem… seeded themselves into some of the pots we take with us ;~) Our new garden is a blank and empty square – we will have to try and improve it a bit i think. I will miss this one for its plants although the kids haven’t enjoyed it for playing somehow.
Fran and i had a long conversation yesterday stemming from “Ice Cold in Alex” – all about the normal war courtesy extended to medics and the red cross on vehicles, people etc, the fact that medics treat people of all nationalities in wars, how sometimes the conventions have been ignored and the repercussions of such things. It occurred to me that current or recent history is going to be a lot harder to grasp for our kids than it was for us. i mean *I* don’t pretend to understand Northern Ireland but on the other hand, even having had an Irish family, it was still easy for feel the people blowing up civilians were perhaps not exactly the good guys. The second world war was recent history and there were clear sides – and while its true we had our faults, one side was certainly doing more wrong than the other, i would say. There don’t seem to be any clear cut goodies and baddies anymore. I remember Fran asking last year during the Iraq war whether we were the goodies or the baddies and i had to say i didn’t really know. And i don’t understand Israel or half the other wars going on either, so what hope do i have of explaining it!?!? We’ve talked about Edith Cavell before, she was from Peterborough (we have a multi storey named after her!) and i was amazed by how pragmatic she was about that as a story too.
Anyway… off to Reading tomorrow leaving Max at home to pack and repair the house (NICE use of a holiday!) and when we get back i will be offline till our new house has a connection. I’ll finish with my hama photos for the competition, which Sarah thoughtfully sized for me!
Another Fran entry