Saturday, October 27, 2007

Finding Our Feet

We are settling into our new home despite most of our belongings still being in boxes. Progress on the decorating front has slowed, something that needs to be addressed urgently if we are ever to unpack the mountains of boxes that inhabit virtually all the rooms. Since moving in Thea and James have been sleeping on the landing - yes it is a big landing!
With concern growing over climate change we are trying to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint. Living in a town means we can now walk to the library, swimming baths, railway station and shops. We are also extremely lucky to have a woodland at the bottom of our garden which we can access via a gate. The woodland leads down to a lake and some very attractive countryside. Other efforts to reduce our footprint include buying our fruit and vegetables through an organic box scheme and purchasing a manual push mower. Our old electric lawn mower burnt out on the last grass cut at the farmhouse. I think all the mole hills and vole holes were just too much for it. I am well impressed with the Qualcast Panther, no effort to push and gives your lawn those lovely stripes - just like a bowling green!
At the beginning of October we went to a local home education group meeting. Everyone seemed really friendly and it gave Thea and James the opportunity to meet some other children. Thea has also joined Scouts and James Cubs.
We are following the Maths Enhancement Program materials. It is particularly good for Thea as it provides work books for Key Stage 3 and 4, and what's more its FREE. Home educators can get a password to enable them to access the teacher's notes and answer sheets - I discovered this by ringing the Centre for Innovation in Maths Teaching. Apparently the materials are popular with home educators in America.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Moving On

After six months of chaos we are finally in our new home and its chaos. So what have we been up to over the past six months? For anyone who might be remotely interested here is a very very brief summary:

April - June
Renovating our old house to sell. Must have done something right as we sold it within four days and for the asking price so no complaints there then.

Packing up far too much stuff, giving loads away on freecycle and making too many runs to the local tip.

Very tearful and heartbreaking goodbye to friends and family.

Arrival at our rented property in Fife, a lovely property with stunning views over the Firth of Forth.

Spent five hours in BT pay phones trying to get a phone connection, eventually succeeded and after moaning about appalling level of service got three months three rental as compensation.

Friends and family visited and we spent some very enjoyable days exploring Fife.

Bought a house with very interesting internal decorations - yes more decorating looms on the horizon.

Pursued by former Education Authority as children have been classed as missing persons; that's what you get for being open, honest and fully transparent. I have made a formal complaint and received a sort of apology. I will post the whole saga shortly as it maybe of interest to other home edders who are about to move.

September - today
Had a well earned break in the Lake District in between stripping wall paper and knocking out a wall.

Tuffdy, Thea's six year old guinea pig, died - very sad.

Moved house again this time courtesy of a man with a van and us with a Luton box van - not something I want to repeat unless we loose about fifty percent of our belongings. Oh and in between all this we have been doing some home education including learning Latin - so salvete omnes.