* With the arrival of the sunrise times on the spring equinox we were, with the aid of a few simple math calculations, able to calculate an approximate longitude for each of the ten mystery classes. Combined with the work we've been doing over the past few weeks on changes to the photoperiod in each location we also have a fair idea of the approximate latitude. We're looking forward to the culture clues that we'll get over the next four weeks which should allow us to narrow down and eventually pinpoint the exact location of each of the mystery classes. A couple of the classes reported major changes to their sunrise and sunset times this week. Miss 12 quickly worked out they must have switched to daylight savings time.
* We took a look at feudalism and worked through some of the resources from the Education and Environment Initiative of the California Environmental Protection Agency . An odd source for resources relating to European history I will admit. I like to mix things up from time to time just to expose Miss 12 to a variety of viewpoints and a variety of learning materials. This was rather workbooky but we liked the approach of looking at feudalism explicitly in terms of the control and management of resources.
* Following on from our library adventures last week Miss 12 finally made a decision on what to cook. First up, helped by the fact that we had some passionfriut that needed using was a Tropical Passionfruit Slice. She also made Double Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins and, just to prove that she does cook healthy food as well, planned a fish curry for next week.
* We celebrated World Poetry Day by reviving Poetry Teatime, something we used to do on a weekly basis (many years ago when all four were still learning from home). A couple of hours reading and discussing poems while drinking hot chocolate (and eating the Double Chocolate and Blueberry muffins which were delicious still warm from the oven!) was a great way to spend the morning.
* We watched an episode of David Attenborough's Kingdom of Plants. Some fascinating stuff - but secretly I think we still prefer animals!
* Mr 15 played his last cricket match of the season and had one of his best games. I'm kind of pleased the season is over because dh goes to watch every game and a cricket game lasts all day - they are typically away 9:30am until 5pm. It'll be nice to see it more of dh (and Mr 15 too) at the weekend. To celebrate we ordered takeout. This is something we do every two months and each member of the family gets a turn choosing what to order. This time (to no one's surprise!) Mr 15 picked upmarket pizza.
* Miss 12 and I had our game day. There was no way we could play all our games in a day but we did get through about 20. Our favourite - apart from the currently very popular Ticket to Ride - was Cadoo. We laughed so hard we cried - particularly at each other's acting efforts. My vampire and her pin-the-tail-on-the -donkey efforts will never be forgotten! Cadoo has been sitting on our shelf for ages and she doesn't recall playing it before. I'm sure it will be getting more use in days to come. We'll also try and get through the rest of our games over the next week.
* We went on another bird watching expedition and were rewarded with seeing another new species (at least to us). No photos because it was a distance from where we were. The binoculars picked it up just fine but the camera not so much. Also, it was resting with its head tucked under its wing the whole time which doesn't make for a great photo! We were also able to identify several birds by call alone so our work on learning bird calls is obviously having some success.
* We're puzzling over how to stop one frog in the tank eating all the food. One of ours is a much better hunter than the remaining two - he notices the flies first and normally gets them on his first attempt. Today he got four of the six flies we put in and tried to stop the others from getting the remaining flies that he clearly didn't want or need. At the moment another tank looks like a good idea.
* Miss 12 had fun with a virtual owl pellet dissection and was delighted to earn the rank of Bird Barfologist with a certificate to prove it ;-)