Thursday 12th – my mums birthday of course! My sister picked me and Bri up after she dropped her eldest son to school. She also has a 3 month old little boy. First of all we went to pick up a gazebo my Nan had gotten my mum for her garden for her birthday so we could put it up for a little garden birthday party Mum had organised for that evening. Then we drove to my Mums from where we walked to the local cafe for breakfast, smoothies and coffees. Our Dalmatian, Shadow, came too. Brian took his scooter down the quiet residential streets and him and Inky took turns on it. It was a lovely mild morning and we sat outside in the sun. The atmosphere and company were perfect. We stayed there a good few hours. After walking back to mums, we all went off to sort out various things, Inky stayed with my Mum. My sister picked me back up after picking my other nephew up from school and we went back to my mums for the garden party. 2 out of my 3 brothers turned up and my sister of course with her 2 boys, and everyone’s partners…. more lovely family time 🙂 The only downside to the day was our Dalmation, who is epileptic, having 5 horrible seizures after 4 and a half months of none. My mum was very sad, but still had a lovely time with her children and grand children.
The next day, Friday 13th, my man Sam gave me and the kids a lift to Inkys best friends house. From there we grabbed a lift to Bignor Roman Villa with her family. I only have use of a car a couple days a week at the moment, it’s a bit challenging to get places sometimes but somehow we always manage… we got to the Roman Villa just after 10am and met up with around 10 other home ed families to attend an organised ‘educational’ day. The kids got given Roman robes of varying rank and then were talked through what their status would have been. Inky was dressed as the rich wife of a villa owner. There was a longish workshop before lunchtime, a guided tour by an amazing lady called Liz. She captivated the childrens attention entirely with her enthusiastic and passionate way, talking them through the history of the villa and explaining the mosaics, what they thought the missing pieces may be, what they thought the rooms that had been preserved were used for…. I was so proud of all the home ed lot, especially as ages ranged from toddler to 10/11 years of age. They were all attentive, inquisitive and polite, as well as some of them being rather knowledgeable about Romans when questions arose. Lunch was a happy affair, in the West Sussex sunshine surrounded by rolling Down land and woods. Again, I have to say that all the children got on wonderfully, all ages mixing. The older kids, including Inky, played some game with the younger kids they made up and which evolved in to something that was lovely to watch, all of them, running around. Once or twice an adult had to step in but nothing bad…. After lunch the group was split in 2 for a hands-on workshop. The first group used beeswax tablets, similar to those which would have been used in Roman times, as well as trying their hand at mosaic patterns. The other group got to make flour the good old Roman way. The groups obviously swapped activities when they were done. After the workshop finished, approx 330, we stayed another hour hanging out with our friends and Inky got to choose a couple things from the gift shop. Oh, and there was ice cream for everyone of course 🙂 Inky went back to her friends for a sleepover, and Bri and I got a lift home… Inky changed her mind about the sleepover though so I went to pick her up at 8pm, just when I was about to get Bri to bed. Luckily I had use of the car in the evening!