As I am failing to come up with well argued and interesting posts for this blog and I am also unable keep the thing up to date, I've decided to post a snapshot. Here's what happened today.
Dani went off to work and I got up and offered children breakfast. P had eaten and showered already and settled down in her room to do get on with something she's working on at the moment. Leo was waiting for a book to arrive from Amazon, so he spent quite a while writing and drawing in his spell book, on the hallway floor by the letterbox! It didn't come today - but he has high hopes for tomorrow.
I pottered about doing bits of housework and answering P's occasional questions. Leo did his laundry and I helped him to peg it out on the line. The weather has been amazing.
I had a coffee and did some maths with Pearl. Leo was pottering happily in the garden. He managed to bang a nail into a bouncy ball and then tied string to it, so he could play with it without losing it over the garden wall.
The morning got a bit frantic when I got simultaneous phone calls from the delivery driver saying our grocery shop would be late and one from a BBC journalist looking for someone to watch the PMs speech with her and then comment on it. I couldn't help the journalist because (is this surprising?) our day was rather busy with home education... The shopping turned up but not until after lunch.
I cobbled together a lunch (lots of mash and one quorn sausage each!) and then the shopping arrived just as we had to leave the house for Squeezebox. The kids had a band session, while I waited and read my book. I am finding this book a bit of a struggle as it's darker and more grizzly than I usually read. P and L's band is working towards a gig at Christmas and, after that, they have decided to stop. Both the kids have really enjoyed being in the band but now want to drop that commitment to free up the time and money for other things.
After Squeezebox, we went up to the park for an hour. There was a really large group of home edders there this week. Both the children found people to chat to and play with and I had a quick cuppa with friends. Then it was time for Leo's Little Green Pig session. I dropped him off and then went home to put away the shopping because we were expecting a plumber to arrive later on and the hall was full of bags.
Pearl's Little Green Pig group was meeting in town this week, to work on some podcasts, so she went off to that. Dani picked up Leo after she finished at work and they came home. The plumber turned up and fixed our shower and the tap in Pearl's bathroom - all very quick and good value. I was just serving up some pasta when Pearl got in from town.
The evening has been quiet. Leo discovered series three of Black Books on the channel four website and Pearl watched Friends in her room. Pearl is now typing in her room (her manual typewriter makes a heck of a clunk!) and I left Leo reading in bed. I think D wants this computer now, so I'm off to flop on the sofa.
Tomorrow will be very different but I don't imagine I'll get round to blogging that...