I 'm in a bit of a fiction funk right now - not sure what I want to read. But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a reliable favourite that I reread about once a year. Look Me in the Eye was an interesting insight into Aspergers.
Animal Farm is a reread for Mr 15. we did it as a read aloud a couple of years ago. After hearing Snoopy's Christmas every December he said reading the real story of The Red Baron was especially interesting.
Mr 20 is teaching himself programming and has decided to read some classics in his spare time. He prefers the Ancient Greeks to Dante though but has determined that he will finish regardless.
Apart from reading we've had a fairly uneventful week. I was asking the kids "Haven't we done anything interesting this week" and Mr 15 replied "But isn't ordinary good?" And I guess it is. The events of recent years have certainly convinced me that exciting is not always good.
We did squeeze in a trip to the swans this week. The cygnets are noticeably larger and more capable, squabbling with each other over the bread Miss 12 fed them.
Miss 12 and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making several new recipes - a beetroot and feta risotto, a chicken pot pie, beef rissoles in a mushroom and wine sauce, and a cheesy bread pudding - from the cookbook in my reading pile. All were fine but not sure any will make it onto regular rotation.
Mr 15's indoor cricket team won! It is their first win of the season so he was quite pleased.
Miss 12 and I have started listening to an audiobook version of Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. It's a good choice on audio - the accents are far better than my read-aloud rendition would be. As we listen Miss 12 knits.
We did have plans to go to an outdoor farmers market today and select some fresh vegetables, preferably some unusual ones, to celebrate Fresh Veggies Day. But it has rained so heavily since last night that the market was cancelled. We settled for making vegetable pizzas instead. The girls also spent a large chunk of the day sorting out their rooms. Bags of stuff they no longer want or need are ready to be donated to charity which is great.
We've also been doing a lot of geography, trying to correctly memorise all the countries of the world. Continental North America and South America have been mastered and Europe is nearly conquered. We've mainly been using fill in the blank maps and online games from Sheppard Software and Lizard Point. If the interest keeps up I'm predicting Africa will be our biggest challenge, not to mention all the little island nations.