“After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.”
When I hear this at the beginning of Wind in the Willows (which is quite often. I lost track of how many times through Bee listened to it when he was sick last month) I always disagree with it. But, sitting on the patio at 9 o’clock this morning, I confess that the thought of all the other children sitting at their desks ready for an hour of literacy and an hour of numeracy did somehow add a feeling of freedom to the pleasantness of a late breakfast outside.

Though we weren’t outside for long as it rained mid morning and was damp most of the rest of the day.JJ’s cold was still rough, so we had to spend the day at home. Bee cut up paper and stuck bits together, we did a map of Britain jigsaw puzzle, made cakes for home group tonight ( though JJ, Littlest and I have stayed home) and read. (2 chapters of Teddy Robinson, too many Tony Mittons, Owl Babies, The Owl and the Pussycat and other Edward Lear poems, Hop on Pop, The Little Engine that Could, Floss, some Alfie and Annie Rose and a John Burningham)

Wednesday Matt had a day off. The plan was to visit Belton House (National Trust) with some others on a Group Educational Membership card which we had taken out. However, they were requiring public liability insurance for £200,000 (which for a school visit would be provided by the LEA) and after many phone calls the NT realised this approach wasn’t going to work for home educators ,and they are now reviewing the situation. So we went up to the farm instead and had a nice day there , with the added treat of a tractor ride around the farm. And then came home via PC World to swap our printer for 1 that works.

Thursday was lovely weather, so the boys played outside much of the day while I tackled some of the post plastering clean up. We’re still upside down and in a mess again though. JJ came down with a miserable cold and was up ’till about 1.30 a.m. drifting from bed to bed but unable to settle. Eventually I brought him down for a marmalade sandwich snack and then he fell asleep in his own bed with me.

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