Thursday, July 28, 2011

Elberry Cove

Our trip on Monday to Elberry Cove, near Paignton, was with our local group. Two friends (Heather and Sarah) already posted about it, but I want to show you some pictures anyway.

We thought that the building on the beach was a prison, at first, but Heather told us she thought it was a bath house. I've looked it up and (of course ;)) she was right.

What a beautiful place. Have I mentioned before that I feel so lucky that we can live here?

Beadlet Anemones, 'dry' they looked like jellies and wet, they were the anemones as you 'know' them. Adam has watched them for quite a while, as he was very intrigued.

The water was very clear!!

The Bath House

Monday, July 25, 2011

Escape to Dartmoor on a Sunday afternoon

After two days of giving too much attention to and feeling too overwhelmed with the horrible attacks that happened in Norway, I needed to escape. To clear my mind, to feel something else.....

So off we went, to Dartmoor.
The boys are reading the Animal Fact Cards that I mentioned here, an other hit!

Tried to find Merrivale, but don't think we did; it wasn't really well signposted.

But we managed to see amazing sceneries. The picture doesn't do it justice, but the light was beautiful..

Just peaceful, rough, beautiful, vast, amazing Dartmoor

I also knew that our Home Ed photography group went to Fingle Bridge last Friday (also on Dartmoor). I love tips from other 'locals'.

I'm feeling so lucky of having the opportunity to live here for (at least) a couple of years. It's like being on holiday all the time, even after more than 1.5 years of living here.... 

We finished the day by eating pizza in Exeter Cathedral's garden (well, almost ;)). A restaurant we like, because it's situated in a nice spot, and because it was the first place we ate when we arrived here......And the food is good, too :).

I haven't slept better in maybe weeks yesterday night. July has been a very emotional and tiring month for me, so that was good!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Audio books; the favourites at the moment

Personally, I still prefer a 'real book' over an audio book, but the boys, and especially Adam, love audio books.

The favourites at the moment:

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the BBC radio collection/dramatization. I bought them from Amazon, second hand.

The Story of the World. We don't 'do' the Well Trained Mind (although my kids do have quite well trained minds ;)), but I was looking into buying the audio books, because they looked good. They were quite expensive, so I'm glad one of my friends had it and I could borrow it. Anyone else who could lend me the next Volumes? ;). We listened to the first cd yesterday evening, and I'm going to make sure I'm there when  the boys are going to listen to the next one, because it's very interesting!

We also borrowed Gombrich's 'A Little History of the World'. We have done part of the book in Dutch, but never completely finished it.

Boaz and Levi really like the Beatrix Potter stories. Ours are in Dutch, but you can also get them in English....

And of course the Julia Donaldson collection! The favourite cd is the Gruffalo one..

What's your (kid's) favourite audio book?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Parenting Course

I went to Simone's Parenting Course, over a week ago now. It was like coming home (not the first time I've had this feeling or experience, but definitely in my top 10!!). It encouraged me that we are doing ok. It made me grateful for the fact that we've known about Attatchment Parenting and Home Education (and later about Unschooling) when Adam was still very little.
I'm more and more convinced that we've avoided a lot of problems that would have occurred if he'd been in school or if I'd forced him to do (more) schoolwork, like textbooks. Still struggling with feeling guilty sometimes about the things I'm doing or have done 'wrong', but that's what moms are for, I guess....;-(

I studied 'science of education', if that's the right word for it, 14-9 years ago. Most of the theory I learned then, was forgotten after I had done the exam.
But having kids, and especially having a kid that is bright, so sensitive and learns in a different way than most people do, made me do a lot of research and made me read about things like bottom up and top down learning, about visual-spacial and audio-sequential learning, about learning in general, it made me interested in learning that doesn't come from textbooks, giving children more choices, etcetera, etcetera. I guess a lot of 'theory' (until the bit 'about learning in general') that I probably learned during my study, but didn't 'click' at that moment. Simone also talked about fears and about overexcitabilities, all so very interesting!!

This course put everything (the things I already knew and the things that I heard for the first time) in the right place.

So grateful!

(Levi's input :-))

Friday, July 08, 2011

Homesick, New Books & Nostalgia

Two weeks ago, I suddenly got homesick. Luckily, it only lasted for about three days. It was really weird, because I hadn't felt like this for over more than a year. Job not being at home for three days didn't really help ;), so I gave in to look at the website of the Book People and order some books for the boys.

The one the boys like the most is Steve Backshall's Deadly 60. He's on TV with his Deadly 60 program on CBBC and if you can watch the BBC 2 channel (for the Dutchies :) see here), you should be able to watch it too. 

I also bought Weird Ocean, which the boys like very much too; a lot of fun information and pop-ups.

And buying this pack of spotter's cards: 100 Rocks And Minerals To Spot I was actually thinking of Owen, Ils, wondering if it might be interesting for my boys too. They haven't picked it up yet, but that's fine, of course. 

Then about the nostalgia....A couple of months ago, a friend sent me two DVD's from the series 'Familie Robinson', my favourite series when I was a child. I just wanted to be Sanne, living on a Island, playing with the animals and having adventures. Here's the trailer (in Dutch):

Last month, I found out that they were also selling the rest of the series! My BIL (brother in law) was so good to send it to us. I really enjoy watching it again and the boys love it!! For the Dutchies: you can buy them here, at the Gospelshop. And after this series....Maybe Nathalie, or Jody en het hertejong

Sunday, July 03, 2011


We visited Tintagel today. The village and nearby Tintagel Castle are associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Beautiful place. Beautiful coastline again, but I'm finding out that most of England's coastline looks quite the same ;).


And when we came home, Job made a lovely meringue pie, we ate pizza and watched a film :), a perfect day!