Friday, January 04, 2008

Armchair Science

Had a science morning trying out an experiment from the New Scientist Book - How to fossilise your Hamster and other amazing experiments for the armchair scientist. A real must for all home edders. This morning's experiment was Wayward Water which examines why an electrostatically charged plastic comb attracts a stream of water or even treacle. We also experimented with golden syrup which James thought was much better than treacle because he could lick the spoon afterwards!

Wayward Treacle!

The taste of golden syrup inspired James into cooking pancakes for lunch. No pancakes on the floor, he is getting pretty nifty at tossing them.

Just watched a video of Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School (great name) talking about our new wave of overprotected kids. He suggests 5 (6 really) dangerous things you should let your kids do. I am pleased to say my kids have done them all and continue to do them regularly (well all except No. 6 - opportunities for driving the car are limited but they did have a go when we were staying at the farm.)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

No Pain No Gain

Happy New Year to all home edders out there, hope you all had a great Christmas.

Well it has been a busy couple of months. We have now decorated three bedrooms and the children have all their books and toys unpacked. It is beginning to feel like home although there are still times when I struggle with the concept that we are not going back to Yorkshire. When you have lived in a place for twelve years you inevitably put down roots.

Christmas has been nice and relaxing. My Mum came to stay for a week which was lovely and Thea and James were so happy to see her again. We all felt a bit sad on Christmas Day about my Dad not being able to join us but when we spoke to him later in the day he told us he had spent an enjoyable day with friends and neighbours. It is the first year that the children have never seen him on Christmas Day.

This year's most popular present must be the pool table. We have all spent a good few hours potting spots and stripes.

Sunday the 30th December we ventured into Edinburgh. I really wanted to see the Joan Eardley exhibition at the National Galleries. It was worth every penny and Thea and James were really taken with her work, they have been drawing ever since. I have even been inspired to get my art materials out again. Thea is getting a little frustrated with her drawings and says she hasn't got any talent. I have told her that the talent is there within it just needs nurturing and developing. Brenda Hoddinott has developed an excellent web site for anyone wanting to learn how to draw.

Thea and I are also struggling with mastering the guitar - sore and aching fingers. The DVD tutorial is certainly right on one thing - no pain, no gain. The piano and penny whistle are much kinder on the hands if not on the ears!