What an absolutely busy, yet fun, action packed week! And it hasn’t stopped. We had a fairly laid back day on Saturday. Our main thing was grocery shopping and catching up on household chores… On the Sunday morning, Inky and Bri, picked Inkys bestie up for an all day play-date in the morning. We had a fun day. My man Sam took the morning off from working on his camper, and we went to the local playground on the seafront, expecting it to be warm as it had been the past week or so, but it was freezing. So we went and got ice creams at the local lake where we found some wind shelter. Bri had a nap when we got home. His eyes were real watery from teething and were made worse by the incessant cold wind outdoors. I had some ‘me’ time whilst Bri was napping and Inky was occupied with her friend. She got picked up at 6 and then we went to my dads for dinner. Inky ended up staying there for the night….
The next morning, Monday 16th May, my Dad dropped Inky off early before work. We walked to my Nans house, who lives a ten minute walk away (5 without kids :p ) and had breakfast with her and a couple of guests who had come over from Germany for my Nans (we call her Oma in German) birthday. Both our children are fluent in German and its always nice to show off their skills, especially to Germans. Plus its proud Mummy moments hearing them talk accent free and totally fluent not just in English 🙂 We stayed till around midday before walking to out local town with the scooters and buying ingredients for Inky to make cookies for Omas birthday tomorrow – again, single handedly. Sams Mum came over for dinner in the evening after work to see the kids. Inky wheedled another sleepover – this time at Sams Mums….
Tuesday May 17th – My Omas birthday. We munched our way through quite a lot of the cookies Inky made yesterday afternoon last night, so Inky had to make another batch this morning. This resulted in us missing trampolining and so we went to Omas early to wish her a happy birthday, taking home made cards, cookies, flowers and a gift. My aunt was already there, as was my sister with her baby, my Mum and a couple of friends. We stayed till late afternoon, went home to hang up washing and mundane stuff like that, then went back to my nans at 6. My eldest brother and his girlfriend, plus all of my cousins (4 of them) from my Mums only sister and their partners plus one of their children were there. We ended up staying until really late catching up with everyone. Another pleasant home ed day…. those of you reading these diary style entries will see how sociable and outgoing the home ed world really is, with plenty of learning mixed in…..
Well, last week was a very busy, fun, happy ‘social’ week for us.
On Monday 9th Inky had her third session of English film literacy group, run by another home ed mum. She has just completed a training course in teaching this and offered to run a six session course for up to 10 home ed children. 6 attend. The same 6 who also attend history and art history sessions run by the same Mum. She is very good at delivering the material in a way that engages and motivates them.
On Tuesday 10th Inky had a chiropractors appointment and then her and Bri had an hours trampolining lesson. Inky has been going for a year and a half and is working on badges. Bri just started trampolining about a month ago. Starting age is normally 4 unless they have an older sibling attending. Trampolining lessons are run by yet another mum. There is a waiting list! Late afternoon Inky had gymnastics from 16:30 – 18:30. This is NOT a home ed group, its open to all. Inky went to gymnastics from age 2-8, then had a year and a half gap and did kickboxing instead as well as go horse riding. She then stopped these and has been back at gymnastics for the last 8 months…. SO SHE DOES SOCIALISE for all you worry warts out there… and not just with kids her own age, or home ed exclusive :p
On Wednesday 11th we went to Inkys monthly art and drama home ed session from 10-12:30 in a very rural location, the hall surrounded by forest and some cool sand cliffs which the kids over course climb all over! My Mum dropped us to my nans after where I spent a few hours cleaning her 3 bedroom house top to bottom and changing the beds ready for some guests who were due to arrive on Friday for my Nans birthday next week Tuesday 17th May. On top of our already busy day, when we got home Inky baked fairy cakes all by herself for my Mums birthday the following day, the 12th May. We sampled some of her creations, she’d topped them with molten dark chocolate. YUM. She then made a card and wrapped the presents she had bought with her pocket money. Inky stayed the night at my mums so she could wake up with her tomorrow on her birthday…
Highdown Gardens is located on Highdown Hill, Ferring (near Worthing), West Sussex.
The gardens are set in downland countryside overlooking the sea and have been deemed a National Collection. Features include a unique collection of rare plants and trees, ponds, waterfalls and beautiful water features. (check out the tour on the link below).
The gardens cover an area of just over 8 ½ acres and were created out of a chalk pit overlooking the Downs, with little soil and very unfavourable conditions for plant growth. The Chalk Garden at Highdown is the achievement of Sir Frederick and Lady Stern who worked for 50 years to prove that plants would and could grow on chalk. This was during a time when many expeditions were going out to China and the Himalayan regions to collect rare and beautiful plants.
Entrance is FREE and the gardens are open daily from the beginning of March until the beginning of October, and Monday – Friday the rest of the year.
There is plenty of free parking nearby, as well as access to Highdown Hill itself.
Good for dog walking, though dogs aren’t allowed in the gardens.
The official website www.highdowngardens.co.uk contains all the info you need – opening times, a ‘tour’, junior activities and more info on the history of the gardens.
We have gone to the gardens many times. It’s a magical place and we love watching the gardens change throughout the seasons.