I shall focus on the positive of all this today 🙂 It was that sort of day 😆
Started off with everyone doing music practise. I shall have to get teachers for them sometime soon i think, but money is tight just at the moment, so i’ll be waiting until the new year i think. Need to tune Maddy’s guitar (gulp) but Amelie and Fran are okay and enjoying making noise. Everyone was reasonably busy so i went off to sort out our passports while MF looked after them.
Josie and i had a nice time in the post office, she was good company. Managed 3/5 passports. Had to get new birth certificate for Amelie (bank lost her full one and i forgot, Max put wrong marriage certificate in for me 🙄 ) Will go back tomorrow am to complete mission.
Did a fair bit of shrieking over state of house.
Then went out to Barnwell Country Park for a picnic with Hannah and co. I’ve not been there for years and i don’t think last time we went we were particualrly impressed but i saw that they were doing nature trails there so we thought it would be a nice diversion. Josie is looking so much healthier for a week outside that it seemed a good idea to try and continue it while the weather is still summer-ish.
After a lunch and a very minimum of opportunity to chat, thanks to clingy and repeatedly returning children 🙄 we set off on the trail.
I think it would be fair to say that they warmed up eventually but there was a fair bit of whining while they did so. However Hannah and i have a nature study plan (rofl, a plan… a plan which consists of “doing some”), so they might have to get used to it. I think a bit of practise at just being out and doing something will have to be got through with gritted teeth 🙄 😆
In the end they all did pretty well; the younger 3 did a spotting thing and saw butterflies, swans, geese and more. Amelie was doing a fair job of spotting theÂ words too and the bigger 3 spent time in bird and kingfisher hides, found different types grasses, drew what they could see (Maddy did a recognisable cow parsley and teasel bush) and Fran surprised me by what she could write and spell quite happily. She surprises me with that a lot, she’s far more able at it than she chooses to show me!
By the time we got back to the car everyone had had a lovely time and were very pleased with the cuddly toy prizes they received. Yum, more stuffed things 😆
Finished off with Doctor Who, though we’ve nearly all watched it all now, which is a shame because it has been a lovely family obsession; last nights was The Satan Pit, which really did have an EXCELLENT monster 😆