Saturday, December 23, 2017

Fortnight Ending 24 December 2017

It's been a relatively quiet couple of weeks - except for today. This morning I've been crazy busy in  the kitchen but the desserts (raspberry cheesecake, lemon tart and pavlova) are all made and the bagels for breakfast are rising, so I've got a few minutes before house cleaning calls! I've felt busier than previous Christmas Eves and I couldn't work out why. Then I realised I was doing everything myself. Normally the kids help but both Miss 17 and Mr 20 are working all day - funnily enough supermarkets are busy places the day before Christmas! And Miss 23 (she had a birthday a few days ago) has moved out a month earlier than first planned. More accurately she's in the process of moving out - she's in her new place but much of her stuff is still here waiting to be moved or stored or discarded over the next few days.

We only have one blackcurrant bush, but it produced enough berries for several jars of jam. It'll be delicious on bagels for Christmas morning breakfast.

Proving you are never too old for a good story, Miss 17 and I spent time one afternoon reading some of our favourite Christmas picture books.

We also found time to make some more decorations, including this owl.

Some gorgeous lilies courtesy of my father-in-law. They've got a wonderful scent, which you'll just have to imagine.

We finally started work on Miss 17's application for the university preparation course she needs to complete since the university of her choice will not even look at a homeschool transcript. She's going to do the prep course at the local university which my older three have all attended. I'm not sure if they've changed the application process or whether it is different since Miss 17 won't be doing a degree course there. But there is absolutely nowhere on the application form for any of her academic records, no list of courses she's done at home, or anything. There is a section where they ask about interests and jobs etc but it specifically says not to mention academics there. So the admissions office will know about trampolining and birding, but will have no idea whether she can read, write or do basic maths. Seems crazy to me - not to mention a waste of the transcript I lovingly and carefully compiled! I guess we'll have to cross our fingers that they consider a bouncing ornithologist worthy of admission for a pre-degree qualification.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.


  1. Happy Christmas to you all! And best of luck on the application process for her!!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Hoping that the application process works out!!

  3. I've never had pavlova, but I am oddly delighted to at least know what it is when I saw it mentioned above. :) We're giant Mem Fox fans around here, and we learned about it by research inspired by her books.

    The owl is simply darling, and now I want to make homemade jam after seeing yours above. Here's hoping your bagels were delicious and your Christmas a merry one! :)

    Good luck with the university thing!