Day by Day, History Projects, Outings

Wells – “A City of Bells” – Part 1

The city of Wells in Somerset, is the smallest city in England. I’ve lived within in its environs for about thirty years, so it holds lots of precious memories for me. It is still one of my favourite places to visit, each season offering some new perspective. Elizabeth Goudge's delightful book, "The City of Bells"… Continue reading Wells – “A City of Bells” – Part 1

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Joy in the midst of life – December 2019

As I've journeyed through the advent themes of hope, peace and joy during my morning quiet times A grace-filled Advent - December 2019 , joy is the one which has seemed most incongruent to this world. It's not that I don't feel joy...I'm so incredibly grateful for the many blessings we have; our warm home,… Continue reading Joy in the midst of life – December 2019

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A grace-filled Advent – December 2019

As the season of advent approached this year I was determined yet again to move towards simplicity and a slowing down. The purpose of Advent before Christmas is as Lent is for Easter, a time of preparation, being still and even fasting. So different from our general experience. I wrote more about this last year.… Continue reading A grace-filled Advent – December 2019

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Sausages and hams October 2019

This is not strictly foraged food...we no longer live in the days when one could head off into the woods, bow and arrows slung over the shoulder, and hunt down a wild boar. However, it is part of our seasonal living, an autumn tradition, and it's fun! We generally get our weaners in the spring… Continue reading Sausages and hams October 2019

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Autumn Term November 2019

This half of term has felt like a long haul, with challenges on several levels, as well as much for be thankful for. I feel that during this season we are in, we will increasingly face challenges, and I've felt God impress upon my heart a few strategies for walking well through them. We want… Continue reading Autumn Term November 2019

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Around the World in Picture Books – South America – March/April 2019

Our next stop on our journey around the world in picture books was back in the Spring, when we set sail from the Antarctic to the warmer climes of South America. The library supplied some of our books for this, and I bought a few second hand from Amazon. Our favourite two were "The Most… Continue reading Around the World in Picture Books – South America – March/April 2019

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Restoring our weary souls…Mom Heart Moments…by Sally Clarkson October 2019

A year ago we had the privilege and great blessing of having Sally Clarkson to stay with us for a few days, during her year in the UK. She spoke to our Christian home ed group in Bristol Sally Clarkson visit 2and we had a fun family day out with her visiting some of the… Continue reading Restoring our weary souls…Mom Heart Moments…by Sally Clarkson October 2019

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Tudor and Elizabethan Times – our learning. 2018-2019

We spent our history lessons last year meandering slowly through Tudor and Elizabethan Britain. Living in the UK we are privileged to be surrounded by such a rich historical legacy; and must bear the grey, drizzly days which go alongside this backdrop with forbearance! We started off with a stash of books. Some are our… Continue reading Tudor and Elizabethan Times – our learning. 2018-2019

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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom – visit August 2019

I had been looking forward to our visit to Shakespeare's School room https://www.shakespearesschoolroom.org/ in Stratford on Avon, and as I sat on one of the benches and began listening to the "lesson", I found myself scrabbling in my handbag for scraps of paper on which to take notes. I was quite caught out by how… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Schoolroom – visit August 2019

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Sloe Gin – September 2019

The sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn, sometimes known as wild plum. They line the hedgerows in the autumn, jostling with blackberries as the most sought after fruit. The blackberry usually wins as sloes can't be eaten straight from the bush. They can, however, be turned into sloe gin, a warming winter drink. Its… Continue reading Sloe Gin – September 2019