Bee made a wall out of all the prunings and was very helpful cutting them into smaller bits. However he was very unhappy later when he found out that the wall had been re-located into a pile by the door ready to go into the brown bin.
We had a pleasant morning with S and K over to play, and then in the afternoon I decided to try potty training JJ again. The final score was floor:8 , potty:0. So not very successful. At one point I saw he had done a wee in the playhouse, so I went to get cleaning stuff. I came back, and found he had also now done a poo in the playhouse. I went for more cleaning stuff. When I came back he was crying and screaming because he had tried to pick up a bee and had been stung. As I worked on this one Littlest wobbled on her way out and fell on the patio producing more tears. I almost had everyone back together again when Mip, who was lying on top of the outdoors play car, slid off and landed on his head on the patio…..
However, I did manage to save the bee for later examination, and we were able to see very clearly the pollen baskets on his legs.
Last weekend we went to visit friends in Bournemouth (planned to coincide nicely with going to Portsmouth). We had a lovely time there, including a brilliant day out at the beach. The whole weekend was very peaceful. Our friends have four girls, from age 3 to 10, which meant that Bee was really looking forward to going to visit them (he has seen them once before).
Just before we went we were on the phone to them and they said that they had just started home educating their middle two, so we went down there with the added excitement of being able to talk lots about HE. We took with us a selection of books about HE and some of our best books for the children. I (Matt) had some really nice times reading books to a pile of children on the sofa.
Mip was in his own world at the beach, building all sorts of things in sand and usually doing it on his own. He is a very intense little boy and has clearly got a lot of ideas in his head that he is thinking through. For quite a while he was simply lying and rolling in the sand, so I asked him if he wanted to be buried in it, which he enjoyed. Our friends littlest was looking on longingly, so I asked her if she wanted to be buried too and she did.
We had to keep a close eye on JJ as he is still very much of a wanderer when he gets an idea of somewhere he wants to go or something he wants to do, but with some extra adults around that was a bit easier.
The final picture is of two of the family we stayed with…
We spent Monday to Thursday in Portsmouth at the Historic Dockyard…
While we were there a little train turned up (do you recognise it from many years ago?)…
Bee is very into USS Constition (aka Old Ironsides – we must get a hardback copy of the book sometime as the paperback is falling apart). So, we took him to see HMS Vistory, which is about 40 years older and has 100 guns compared to 60 on Old Ironsides. He seemed to really love the time we spent on there, although he was quite unsure about doing all the steep stairs. It was nice to have the (almost) undivided attention of the people on board the ship, so we had a very good chat with a seawoman (should they be called seawoman if they are stationed on a ship in dry-dock?) about how the cannon was loaded and fired. Bee has come away drawing pictures of Victory now instead of Old I, so he must have been impressed.
We also saw HMS Warrior, which is one of the first steam and sail warships. Plus, there was the wreck of the Mary Rose to see as well. Alongside this were museums and a harbour tour, so in all we spent 2 1/2 days there and enjoyed it immensely.
Bee had been very interested in aircraft carriers before we went on holiday and they had been the topic of many conversations, so it was great to see HMS Ark Royal in the dockyard, especially as it was moored right next to Victory. It is huge!
That will do for now to get some kind of news up on to the blog!