Thomas Clarkson

We went to the Wisbech museum to see the display that they have on Thomas Clarkson. It included the chest that Clarkson used to collect lots of ‘African’ artefacts. Here are some pictures of the boys at the Thomas Clarkson memorial.
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Also the leaf that Bee wrote on when we were last at the Peterborough Museum. It describes what he learnt about on that visit.

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The last few weeks have felt like a long uphill struggle – not sure why really, but I expect Beth’s cold and new teeth coming through have contributed. The days have gone by with the usual mix of playing and kitchen table activities. Bee has found an old writing practice work book and has done some of that alongside his usual drawing and colouring. Mip seems to be getting much better at pencil control and has also tried a bit of writing and done quite a bit of drawing. He is enjoying numbers – we sometimes do basic mental addition and subtraction at meal times and he is always faster than Bee. He likes to play on the computer calculator too. He also asks endlessly questions about what letter a word begins with and loves to play I spy at mealtimes. JJ continues to enjoy puzzles. Yesterday he did the pirate puzzle on his own for the first time. It has a hundred pieces, and Bee and Mip haven’t done it on their own yet.

Today the under 8s group met at our house and one lady brought her ‘book stall’. She had a good selection and we bought ‘Fox in Socks’, a how-to-draw book, a story based around Monet’s garden, a build-a-skeleton book and a seven continents jigsaw book.

I thought Bee would be too young for the drawing book, but he and Matt had a great time with it until it was time to go out to House group.

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Littlest can do two steps at a time and has five teeth now. She is just starting to eat again after having a two week break. Today she crawled backwards off our bed (safely and intentionally) and she climbs up onto sofas on her own. I have a new sling for her so that I can carry her on my back. She likes it and so do I as I can cook, clean etc. with her on board.

Bee and Mip made themselves glasses from pipe cleaners.
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Bee’s picture of an aeroplane:
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Yesterday continued busy, with a visit to the Peterborough HE group by a guide dog, the owner, and a trainer. I think Bee and Mip enjoyed it, but it was quite a challenging morning trying to keep JJ quietly occupied during the talk (he was doing a puzzle at the back, but talking to himself very loudly ‘and where does this piece go…’ and getting cross with any babies who crawled on his puzzle). And then later trying to watch children on the play equipment outside, give them a picnic, talk to people, and supervise toilets. But we met new people and caught up with friends.

Then home and getting ready for home group which was at our house. Lots of Lego building in the cellar and a late night.

This morning the boys and Matt went to the park. This afternoon we were all at a wedding reception.

Littlest has more teeth coming through, and is uninspired about food again.

Birthday Bee

Last night JJ insisted on doing the 100 piece map of Europe puzzle. He had a bit of help as he occasionally got stuck, but generally was quite capable with it.

Bee had quite a few books as presents and some jigsaws. I (Matt) have been saving up any things I have found in charity shops and on ebay, for the last few weeks. This included a very good Solar System puzzle.

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Went to Peterborough Museum with a few friends this morning and then they and some more came over for lunch. Partly for Bee’s birthday and partly a HE get-together. Fifteen children!

The museum has a new exhibition on toys and forces, and as it is currently school term time (plus the only school visiting was ‘doing Romans’), we had it all to ourselves. The exhibition had a room full of toys that showed off some nice ‘forces’ type things (kinetic energy, magnetism, centrifugal forces), but even better was that the children were happy playing on lots of toys (that are different to the ones we have at home) for quite a while. The table football was particularly popular.

JJ and Mip doing a puzzle at the Museum:

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Granny came for birthday tea, and read “Anno’s Britain” and Robert McCloskey’s Time of Wonder to the boys.

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We’re looking forward to playing snakes and ladders – thank you Granny and Grandad!

Some of the stained glass windows Bee has been colouring:

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Not so much reading has been happening recently (partly I think because all the books Matt has recently found on e-bay have been hidden away for Bee’s birthday). But Matt did read The Reluctant Dragon to them last week (Kenneth Grahame and E H Shepherd) and Bee has been looking at Anno’s Italy and finding all the hidden things. (Anno’s Britain is waiting for his birthday). Asterix is also being worked through in bed at night – we’re not reading it, he just looks at the pictures.