Sunday, June 23, 2013

Week ending 23 June

It's been a really cold, wet week this week. The country has been in the grip of one of the worst winter storms on record. We got off very lightly - some places had really heavy snow falls, others had pretty serious flooding, while other parts suffered more from the wind. Miss 12 was disappointed that the forecast snow seemed to skirt right around us and we only got a small, short-lived dusting. It was cold though - the temperatures barely rose above freezing - and it rained heavily (our backyard now resembles a marsh) so it was a good week to stay inside in the warmth, reading and baking. 

The last of the snow lingering on a neighbour's roof.

Miss 12 and I finished listening to Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy . We started  One Thousand and One Arabian Nights as a read-aloud and also began Wesley the Owl. This one we are both reading separately but discussing as we go. I don't think I have it in me to hand raise a barn owl but Miss 12 thinks it would be great. Here's hoping the opportunity never presents itself! We also began watching  Penguins- Spy in the Huddle and are looking forward to the rest of the series.

It was another good week in the kitchen. Miss 12 made a pumpkin, cauliflower and chickpea curry in honour of Eat Your Veggies Day on June 17. Together we made chocolate eclairs to celebrate Chocolate Eclair Day on June 22. They didn't last long!

...and eating!

Homemade scones with strawberry jam and cream plus freshly made cinnamon scrolls were other kitchen highlights! The smell of fresh baking seems to brighten the coldest of winter's days.

Miss 12 and I found the perfect winter activity to round out our study of artist Edvard Munch. She is colouring her own large version of his most famous painting The Scream and it will eventually decorate our entrance way. A nice Monet might be perceived as a little more welcoming ..but Munch is what we have been studying so Munch it is!

The kids went on a Monopoly playing marathon. Other board games were out during the week but it seemed that whenever I looked Miss 12 and Mr15 were playing Monopoly. Funny how a game that has sat on the shelf, seemingly ignored for ages,  suddenly becomes so popular.

Miss 12 received another postcard via the Postcrossing exchange and learnt that two other cards she sent have been received. She can  now look forward to another couple of  postcards in the mail in the next few weeks.

Some of us did venture out and about this week. Miss 18 did a training course to become a mentor under the Big Brothers and Sisters programme. She also spent an afternoon baking with the Student Volunteer Army. They were making care packages to deliver to those families still living in substandard, unrepaired homes as a result of the earthquakes. Mr 15 went rock climbing (indoors thankfully) with Cubs. Mainly  he was helping out but he did get  to do a bit of climbing himself. And Miss 12 attended an overnight Scout camp (also thankfully mostly indoors), the purpose if which was developing leadership skills prior to the big Jamboree  at the end of the year.

Here's hoping the weather is more pleasant this week. We've want to do a photo walk around the city and a little warmth and sunshine would make it a lot more enjoyable.

1 comment:

  1. Chocolate eclairs yum!!

    It is so strange to me that you are experiencing snow fall and we are experiencing summer! I love blogging and how it makes the world a little smaller!!

    My girls have also been on a Monopoly thing the last few weeks with friends.