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Friday, 27 January 2017

Friday Reflections - 40

It has certainly felt pretty chilly here this week, but we have been out and about all the same - though well wrapped up! Last Saturday we spent the morning walking to a playground which is a bit further away, and enjoying the sunshine for a bit. Despite the glorious blue skies, it was very cold, so we had to keep moving.

A Beautiful Winter Day

Later in the week, I took the children for a walk along the Thames towards Tower Bridge. We were outside for a couple of hours, and it was a very pleasant walk. It took me some hours to warm up again, afterwards - though the children were fine.

Watching the River

Fun and Games

Tower Bridge

By the Tower of London

Walking round the Tower of London fitted with our history activity this week, which was making a castle out of cereal and melted marshmallows. We read about the first stone castles in England in our history chapter this week.

Daddy stepped in to help with castle construction.

Not a masterpiece - but fun to make and eat!

It was fun - and roughly castle-shaped at least.

My 9 year old is very keen on cooking at the moment, and he made us a white chocolate cheesecake from one of the recipe books we gave him for Christmas. He manages pretty much on his own - just asking for occasional tips on what he should be doing.

It tasted every bit as good as it looks!

White Chocolate Cheesecake & The Cook

Today we finished our week with another lesson from Art Achieve. Again, the pictures turned out well, and the children had a fun afternoon creating them.

Drawing Owls

The Finished Pictures

I  usually feel that I am only just of top of everything, but I am managing to fit in some reading too (although it is a bit of a struggle to find space to do so at times). I have been really enjoying Germany, Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor. It is clear, compelling, and fascinating - well worth making time for.

The running also seems to be going well (which I find very surprising). I started the couch to 5k just 11 weeks ago (completing the programme 2 weeks ago), and I ran 4 1/2 miles in 40 minutes this morning. The worst bit is stepping outside the door into a dark, frosty morning, but it gets better once I start moving. Longer, warmer days will be very welcome when they arrive.

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