Jack built a bug hotel as part of our new wildlife garden.
This week has been super busy but somehow feels like we have got very little done! I think a lot of it is down to the fact that we have had two busy weekends in a row so haven’t had that free time.
We have been able to harvest lots of raspberries from the garden this week – I’m picking a good handful each day. Jack has mostly been eating them as Rowan isn’t keen. Some have gone into smoothies too.
Kids club and the Pokemon trading card club are going great and Jack has made some friends at both. We are thinking of going to `Party in the Park in Woking on Saturday but I guess that will depend on how Jack feels after Pokemon club.
I am looking forward to getting my current project finished and published (online jewellery making course) and then taking some time off. Wanting to have a good clear out of the house, do some long walks and also about due some timetable planning. I got a good learnign with Lego eBook yesterday through NutureStore that has lots of good ideas Im hoping to use. As Jack is enjoying this one I may buy another set of Great Artists lessons as well. I think there are three sets so kinda sad that we will have completed them all but perhaps we can apply the ideas and work on other artists instead – I have been thinking that local artists may be a nice idea.
I am trying to make it a habit to blog weekly, though I have tried before and failed… It isn’t particually so lots of people can read or follow (although that is great too :)) but more as a record of what we have been getting up to and for Jack as he gets older. I have a reminder set on my phone which normally works pretty well at keeping things going.
This week Jack has been along to a kids club in Godalming and really enjoyed that. Just recently he has been interested in spending more time with other children around his own age, whereas before I alwsy found he was more drawn to anyone much younger or older. They have a Lego club as well so of course he is interested in going along to that as well. It has rained a lot here this week and last night was especially bad and with thunder and lightening too. When I looked out of the window it has like a waterfall was outside as the rain was so heavy, the guttering was constantly overflowing! So, we haven’t been out much but the veggies are doing great and so far we have harvested some strawberries, raspberries, broad beans and carrots.
On Wednsday Jack spent almost all day outside helping to build the summer house. He’s chuffed to bits that he put one of the windows in by himself. Emily and I painted the outside and hopefully tomorrow we can get to B&Q for some vinyl tiles for the floor. Jack made an awesome Mondrian inspired picture today which we are going to frame and put up on one of the walls too. The bean bags for inside arrived but are piled on the sofa for now.
Mondrian meets Pokemon (the colours are from the names of the first gen games, rather than Modrians choice of red, yellow and blue.)
We are going to a handfasting on Saturday and it would be good finish the summer house inside on Sunday so hopefully we will get some dry weather for the weekend, even if it isn’t especially warm.
I downloaded all the information for 30 Days Wild after remembering it last week but we haven’t been able to do something everyday. We’ve had loads of rain and some days Jack just didn’t feel like it. I think we will make it more of an all summer project. The wet weather has also delayed the summer house project which has been disapointing. We have had a look online for some big cushions, bean bags and other options for inside and settled on a futon and some large outdoor bean bags so they can be used in the garden as well.
Jack has been taking lots of pictures of the veggie garden for his gardening journal and he and Rowan have been eating the strawberries as they turn ripe! Some of the carrots and spring onions look about ready to harvest now and all the herbs are flourishing. I bought a few trays of reduced pansies in Tesco a few months back, mostly as Toby loves eating them and they have done so well considering they were half dead when I got them. THey are still growing and flowering now and are mostly a lovely purple colour. The bulbs Jack and I planted a few years ago have all been up and died off again.
Jack was really happy to find out that there was a Pokemon Trading Card group nearby and went for the first time on Saturday. He had a great time and even got some free cards and made some trades with others there. A definate hit 🙂 He did have a bit of an meltdown later on in the day but I suspect that was mostly over-excitement and stimulation from the loud group.
Our Mystery Science mystery this week was all about clouds, rain and storms. Jack found it really interesting and has been telling me all about the cloud types and checking outside to see which are in the sky ever since. He wants it to be foggy now so that he can touch cloud. I was surprised to find that our Art Ventures subcription has run out, the year has gone so fast. It is well worth the renewal cost as Jack gets a lot of use out of it. I have bought another of the Exploring Great Artists eBooks from Pink and Green Mama and we’ll be getting started on that on Friday. The last one we had showed Jack all sorts of new techniques and ideas for his drawing and art so I hope he will like this one as much. I’m looking forward to the Piet Mondrian project and will be having a go at that one myself 🙂
This week has been fairly quiet really as we have been thinking about new subjects and where to go with things we are continuing with. Bought a few Eyewitness Project books as Jack enjoyed the last one he did, Medieval Life, Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Life and Rocks and Minerals. Jack is interested in dinosaurs and fossils again and has been working on a course run by Coursera for a few weeks. It is mostly video lectures which he enjoys a lot more than reading or writing. We are hoping to make a trip to the Natural History Museum again soon.
On Thursday we went to Islington to drop Emily off for an event at the O2, so while we waited for her we had a look round the charity shops and had lunch on Islington Green. Jack bought some Bamboozled jelly beans and then had fun hoping he got the real flavours and not things like dog food and baby wipes! Ha also found a Harry and the Dinosaurs book and a Garfield DVD.
On Saturday the summerhouse that is going to be a big project of ours this year was suppose to be delivered but unfortunately I had a call saying it wasn’t ready just yet which is a shame. But as its turned out it has been quite wet this week so far so we may not have had a chance to build it anyway. On Sunday we had a day out on Horsenden Hill in Greenford with family.
Once again I have realised that we have missed the start of 30 Days Wild. I’ve signed up now so will see how it goes. I don’t know if we will do everyday but perhaps we can do the activities over a longer time. Today we’ve taken some photos in the garden, mostly of flowers and the veg patch which is doing really well with all the sun and rain.
We have been working on lots of practical stuff recently and Jack has completed several DIY badges including Rocketer and Chemist. He has also finished his Discover Art Award, tried Airhop and we have met up with several local families for activities.
Jack’s writing is improving very slowly and his educational psychologist is going to look into occupational therapy for him, which is great as it is something I have asked doctors about several times and just been fobbed off. He has very little strength in his hands or wrists and honestly appears to struggle to even hold a pen correctly at times. However slow I know will will get there and in his own way 🙂
My posts have gotten so behind there is probably loads to share so will post a few pictures of recent projects. Jack has a real interest in Japan so we have started working on a Japan Lapbook which I am going to expand. This week we are going to make a Christmas wreath for the front door and turn an old duck house into a hedgehog hut. I am hoping we can use that for the Wildlife Trust Kestrel Award now Jack is old enough to take part. We bought some hedgehog food so it will be good to see if we get any prickly visitors. I spotted a fox in the garden a few nights ago and our squirrel is still visiting daily hoping for nuts.
Jack has been outside loads this week, mostly on the trampoline. At the weekend, out of the blue he asked for a basketball hoop and I found one on sale in Argos. Put it up and everyone has had a go. With some help from Andrew Jack has been able to get the ball through too. He struggled at first and seemed like his arms just were not quite strong enough to get the ball high enough. Switching to a smaller ball helped and now he can score with either ☺
Literacy Planet is still a hit which is great as language can still be a sore subject. He plays Scramble (boogle) any time he can too which is great for word recognition and spelling practice. We have a rough plan to make a giant Ninjago figure, maybe even as a costume. Avoiding paper mache this time though!
We planted these corn seeds last week to complete Jack ‘ Baker patch on DIY (grow grain challenge) and they have shot up already!
Mostly this week we have Been looking at rocks sparked off again by a chapter in the Earth workbook. I have a big bowl full of semi – precious stones which are prefect and we plan to try and break open various stones we have to try and decide what type of rocks they are. Magnifying glass at the ready! 🙂
At the weekend we took a trip into London to visit the park and farm in Mudchute and Tokyo toys. What to buy in there was no contest at all as they had a Kirby soft toy 😀 At the farm Jack had a go at stroking and feeding the animals and we had lunch at the cafe there, which was ok but not great. That said the homemade mint and honey tea was delicious. We walked back to the DR through Greenwich and went into ‘The First Shop in the World’ which was full of ship memorabilia. Think one of the ships bells would be great for getting everyone down for dinner lol