|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!
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.
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.