Saturday, 19 October 2019

Week 42 of #Project365 - A photo every day for a year!

Last Saturday I was feeling pretty down in the dumps and full of cold but now I feel so much better. I got over the cold, we've had a couple of sunny day's and I dyed my hair bright red!

Today is the first day of the school holidays, half term. We seem to be having it a week earlier than everyone else. Hmmf. I think I would have much rather of had it the week Halloween was in. Oh well, we've not got much planned. We're going to have a day out shopping during the week, Stu has said I have to go and sit in a coffee shop while him and the kids buy me some birthday pressies. (I'm 40 next month), we're of course going to do some baking and I am sure the girls will spend some time out with their friends.

Now for a photo every day!


283/365 - 12th October
Ellie did some baking. She couldn't wait to show me and come barging in while I was in the bath. The cookies were so good!

284/365 - 13th October
I went through so many tissues this past week. I'm all better now though, even the cough has gone!

285/365 - 14th October
Ellie brought home some conkers that she found!

286/365 - 15th October
Ellie made sausage rolls at school. She has her orders to make more at home next week as they were so good!

287/365 - 16th October
I ventured into Becky's room to get her dirty washing. As messy as her floor is she always keeps her shelf tidy. It could do with a dust though.

288/365 - 17th October
New boots for me!

289/365 - 18th October
I decided that I needed a change and dying my hair was it. Pillar box red! I may have had a few moments of panic but it turned out well. I'm using the photo tomorrow for my Sunday photo. hehehe

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Friday, 18 October 2019

This week my Word of the Week is Better! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


This time last week I felt rotten. I had came down with a cold and it hit me hard. I don't think the grey, wet weather has helped. I had a sore throat and a snotty nose which then developed into a cough. I haven't been sleeping properly which hasn't helped me feel great and when I did sleep I was snoring something terribly. Stu said he couldn't sleep through it and for 3 nights this week he ended up coming down onto the sofa to sleep. 

Stu and the kids were great over the weekend helping with the housework. They let me just relax and take things easy. Over the last couple of days I have felt much better thankfully and yesterday I was just about back to normal. Well as normal as I get anyway. hehehe

I have been quite lazy for the past week. Just pottering around the house and I finally finished rewatching Breaking Bad so I could watch the new film El Caminio. I also painted some of the living room wall. There was a patch where a cupboard had been which didn't match the rest of the room. I found some paint in the shed which was a close enough match and got that job done. All the walls look the same colour now and it looks so much better.

I pushed myself to go out yesterday. The kids were at the dentist for a check up. It was our first time with the new dentist and he was tough on them. Their teeth are find and don't need any work done but just had a nag at Ellie about brushing right at the back and told Becky to cut down on the fizzy pop. She came out and said "how does he even know?". I am guessing he knows all teenagers go to college and drink too much pop. hehehe As harsh as he was I do think this new one is better than our old dentist! 

It was such a lovely day yesterday. I popped to my dad's to help him out with some work on the computer and ended up staying and helping with some gardening. It was so warm compared to what it has been.

Becky had a good week at college. She handed in her first module to be marked. She did better than most of her class, the majority still haven't handed the work in. Eek! Ellie has done better at getting home when she's supposed to be in after playing out with friends. She brought a whole tribe of them home with her last night. It was raining and I said they could hang out in the garage! I am officially the coolest parent! hehehe


Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ten things I like to do on a rainy day.

We have had quite a few rainy days lately and as long as we don't have too many close together I do like them especially at this time of year when I can stay inside and hide away from the rubbish weather!


My favourite things to do on a rainy day are:

Stay in my pj's.
I always feel cosy and warm when I'm in my pj's, especially my thick fleecy one's. I had to go hunting for them last week as I'd put them away in a safe place when we moved in here as I didn't need them as it was the middle of summer.

Catch up on random jobs around the house.
Not the housework, random DIY jobs. Just yesterday I painted a little patch on the living room wall. When we moved in here it looked like a cupboard had been removed and left different coloured wallpaper showing. I found some paint in the shed which was very similar and now it's painted you can't tell it ever looked any different.

Tidy the kids bedrooms.
The kids give their bedrooms a good tidy every week but sometimes I do like to go up there and give them a proper tidy and clean. I like to do it on a rainy day. It always feels cosier in their rooms and it feels like I haven't wasted the day if I've done their rooms.

Cook a big warming meal
A couple of weeks ago I changed the meal plan around to cook the roast dinner on a rainy day. Cooking a big meal always warms the kitchen up and then the rest of the house plus when the kids and my fella get in they always appreciate a big warming meal.

Sort the washing.
I always have piles of clean washing around the house which I hate putting away. When it's raining and I can't get any to dry on the line it gives me the time to catch up and I have no excuse not to put it away. I always say I'll keep on top of it but I never do. lol

Play the Sims.
The Sims is a fantastic waste of time and I can easily lose hours playing.

Bake.
I love to bake when it's grey and wet out. Then snuggling under a blanket with a cup of tea and munching on whatever I've made. 

Have a soak in the bath.
Having a bath during the day seems like such a treat and when it's wet out I love to soak in a red hot bath, listen to the rain and relax. Having the heating on warming my towels is an extra treat!

Watch TV.
At this time of year I always have so much on my Sky planner. Staying in on a wet day gives me chance to catch up. I have even more on the planner now because I've spent the last couple of weeks rewatching Breaking Bad so I could watch the new film El Caminio. lol

Blog.
When it's wet out I get a blanket and plonk my bum in my armchair and get on with writing some blog posts like this one and catch up on reading and commenting on other peoples blogs.

What do you like to do on a rainy day?

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

(Ad - Gifted) Spooky Halloween Recipes from Fruit Bowl!

The nights are drawing in and Halloween is looming so to help you to get into the spirit of things here are a couple of spooky and delicious recipes from Fruit Bowl

Putting the fun back into fruit, Fruit Bowl have two recipes for the spooky season, Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes and Halloween Spider Jellies!

All of Fruit Bowl's tasty recipes incorporate their healthy, fruit based snacks made with natural ingredients only and a great way of getting your child to reach their 5 a day!

Halloween Spider Jellies.


Serves: 6 (depending on mould size)
Total cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1 pint of fruit juice (not from concentrate)
5 x 12g leaves of gelatin
Individual, small jelly moulds
A handful of mixed fruit
8 Packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Peelers
1 Bag of Fruit Bowl Yogurt Coated Raisins 

Method:
Take a quarter of the fruit juice and gently heat in a pan with the gelatin leaves.
Stir until dissolved.
Once dissolved, slowly add the remaining fruit juice and stir.
Take the moulds and place the fruit at the bottom.
Pour the juice mix into the mould.
Wait until cool, cover and place in the fridge over night.
Just before serving, turn out the jellies onto a plate.
Peel your peelers so you have 8 strips of each jelly
Push each strip into the jelly (4 on each side!)
Add yogurt coated raisins cut in half onto the top of the jelly to make your spider eyes.

Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes.


Total Cooking Time: Prep 40 mins, total 60 mins
Serves: 8

Cupcakes:
250g Gluten Free Plain Flour
2tbsp Cocoa powder
1tsp Baking powder
100g Softened butter
150g Caster sugar
1tbsp Red food colouring
2 Eggs
150ml Milk

Chocolate Frosting:
55g Softened butter
90g Milk or Dark cooking chocolate
215g Icing sugar
2 Drops of Vanilla Extract/Vanilla Essence
88ml Milk

Decoration:
2 packs of Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant or Raspberry Peelers
1 bag of Fruit Bowl Yogurt coated raisins, halved widthways
1 bag Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes cut into pieces

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Gas Mark 4.
Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat together the softened butter and sugar and then add the red food colouring. Mix well.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the eggs and milk pouring slowly. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cakes are soft and springy to touch.
Once removed from the oven, place on a wire rack to cool.
While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a microwave. Be careful to ensure that the mix does not come into contact with the water.
In a bowl, combine the icing sugar, vanilla and 60ml of the milk. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture and then add the remaining milk a little at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
Let the icing stand until spreadable (the frosting will thicken as it cools).
Once the cupcakes are cooled, pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes.

Decoration:
To make the body, take 1 strand from a Peeler and roll into a spiral. Secure with a small blob of icing and place in the middle of the cupcake.
To make the legs, cut Peeler pieces into 5cm strips making 8 in total. Bend the end of each one towards you and then position them on the cake so that they are coming out of the spider body. Affix 2 Yogurt halves towards the top of the body of the spider for the eyes and then place a piece of blackcurrant flake in the centre of each one for the pupils.
Repeat for the remaining cupcakes.

Will you be making any spooky Halloween treats?

I was sent a selection of Fruit Bowl products in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Baby Loss Awareness Week - My Story!

We are coming to the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week. It’s been an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember the precious babies who have died. It has also been a way to break the silence around pregnancy or baby loss in the UK 

It is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Among women who know they are pregnant it is estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in miscarriage. I made up one of these statistics.

Before I fell pregnant with Becky I lost a baby. It was an horrendous experience and may be triggering so don't read on if you may be upset about things like this. I understand.


I fell pregnant in the May/June of 2001. It was planned not that it makes any difference to the story. Everything was going great. I had passed the 12 week stage and had, had my first scan. The baby looked fine but they did notice that I had a Bicornuate (heart-shaped) womb. 

The difference between a Bicornuate (heart-shaped) womb and a normal womb

Women with a bicornuate womb have no extra difficulties with conception or in early pregnancy but there is a slightly higher risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. I was not worried in the slightest and the doctors and the midwives weren't. I was quite the novelty. I had about 6 trainee midwives looking at me. lol

A week or so had passed and then I started bleeding. It started off just as pink discharge and started to get a little heavier. The receptionist at my doctors was quite blunt and said it sounded like a miscarriage and got me booked in for a scan at the hospital. 

Sat in the waiting room waiting to go in for the scan it didn't even cross my mind that I could be loosing the baby. As much as I was bleeding I wasn't worrying. I thought the heart-shaped womb was just the cause. I had the scan and there was no heartbeat. It was checked and double checked and there was nothing.

I was about 13 weeks along. They said the baby hadn't grown since the last scan. So the chances are it died just after I'd had my 12 week scan.

I was booked in for a D&C (dilation and curettage) the next morning. There wasn't any talk about letting things happen naturally I never thought to ask.

Telling people I had lost the baby was the worst. Getting off the bus from the hospital we saw my then partners brother. He knew we were going to the hospital but I don't think why. He said something jokey and I just snapped at him and walked away. My dad hadn't been overjoyed that I was pregnant to start with and I was quite bitter so when I told him I said something along the lines of "you'll be happy now, I've lost the baby". It was cruel. He wasn't happy. Far from it. He cried and he is a man that rarely cries. 

I went into hospital on the morning and was told I would be first in theater at around 8am. I was given a tablet to put up inside of me to start the process of opening my cervix at about 7am and it started to work soon after. The bleeding and the pain got heavier and worse. 8am, 9am and 10am came around. I was in agony. I was soaking through normal thick sanitary pads in minutes. I sat on the loo and there was clots and chunks coming out of me. 

The midwives were amazing. They were disgusted and shocked that I hadn't been to theatre already. There was nothing they could do apart from give me painkillers and comfort me which the did. They were truly amazing.

Emergency c-sections and surgeries were more important which I totally understand but at the time I didn't. In my head all I could feel and see were bits of my baby coming out of my. Talking about it rationally afterwards it was the lining of my womb coming away. 

I finally got took the theater at lunchtime. I came around from the anesthetic and felt like it had all been a nightmare, just a really bad dream. I felt so relieved that it was all over. I had something to eat and my mam & dad picked me up and took me home.

I was told that in a few weeks I could make an appointment and have a chat about why I had lost the baby. They would have done tests by then on what they had taken out of my womb. I never went back. In hindsight I wished I had. Since having two girls with heart defects it always has me wondering did that baby have a problem with their heart too? The doctors have said that I may be unable to carry boys and that is why I lost this baby. It could have been a boy? I like to think it was.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Our weekly meal plan! 14th - 20th October. #MealPlanningMonday


Last weeks meal plan went OK. I swapped a few days around but we ate everything. 

I failed a bit with the weekly food shop. I was coming down with a cold when I ordered it on Thursday and had no interest in spending time in the kitchen. I still have a snotty nose but I feel much better now. This week is going to be all about lazy, can't be bothered cooking. I don't care, the less time I spend preparing food the less chance I have passing my germs on.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Tomato soup with ham sandwiches to dip in.
Tuesday - Jacket potatoes with baked beans.
Wednesday - Chicken nuggets, chips and baked beans.
Thursday - Broccoli pasta.
Friday - Pizza.
Saturday - Burgers in buns with fries.
Sunday - A casserole of some sort.

What are you eating this week?


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Gaining confidence in the kitchen. #MySundaySnapshot

Ellie is really enjoying her cookery lessons at school and they are really giving her confidence in the kitchen at home. She finds it so easy now to follow a recipe and weigh out ingredients and put things in and get things out of the oven. 

Yesterday she wanted to bake but I was full of cold so I said ask your dad to supervise and of course he did. He just stood there while she baked and helped with the tidying up.

She made the most amazing cookies with Smarties in. I am rubbish at making cookies so it was a real treat! 



Saturday, 12 October 2019

Week 41 of #Project365 - A photo every day for a year!

Doing Project 365 makes me very aware of how close we are to the end of the year. Week 41 already. This year really has flown over. I feel like it's also the time of year when I really struggle to take photos. It's grey and wet and I have caught a cold off the kids so I'm feeling pretty rubbish so that hasn't helped. As I write this (yesterday) it's pouring down, I am hiding inside, still in my pj's, watching TV and feeling quite sorry for myself. I'm sure I'll be fine in a couple of days.

Now for a photo every day!


276/365 - 5th October
My fella bought some socks from the local auction. 30 odd pairs, brand new for a few pounds. They're quite thick too so perfect for this weather.

277/365 - 6th October
I started to watch Breaking Bad again. I've seen it all before but thought I would rewatch it and then watch the new film.

278/365 - 7th October
I was walking to my dad's and snapped this photo of the grey, wet weather. About 2 minutes later I came across a dead dear right in the middle of the path. It was horrific and had obviously been hit by a car. I contacted the council and asked them to remove it. Whoever did just pushed it into the hedge. It wasn't removed until Thursday. I know we live in the countryside and these things happen, a dead rabbit or bird is fine but seeing a huge dead deer is something else!

279/365 - 8th October
Ellie made savoury tarts at school. While she was measuring out the ingredients she was dead against even trying them because they had celery in but she tried them and actually loved them, so much so we're planning to make them at home ourselves.

280/365 - 9th October
The Halloween costumes are sorted. Ellie is going to be a zombie prom queen and Becky a zombie cheerleader!

281/365 - 10th October
I was freezing on Thursday. It was the start of me coming down with a cold. The hot water bottle was hunted out, filled and I spent all day with it keeping me warm.

282/365 - 11th October
Halls Soothers, the only thing that was helping my sore throat.

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Friday, 11 October 2019

This week my Word of the Week is: Friends. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:



In last weeks Word of the Week post I said how Ellie had been as good as gold with playing out with her friends, coming back on time and letting us know where she was. That didn't last long. On Friday she didn't come home when she should and I sent Stu to get her from the park. She wasn't there so he rang her and she lied saying she was at the park. She was well and truly caught out. It turns out she was at her friends house. Grr! She was grounded all weekend. I answered the door to about 10 different children at different times saying she won't be playing out. It did make me smile that she has so many different friends and they all want her to play out.

She's played out twice this past week and both times has been home on time. This time I think she might have learned her lesson or the threat that if she doesn't come home when she's supposed to she won't be going out on Halloween night. hehehe

The kids have been planning Halloween. They have decided they're going out trick or treating with their friends. Stu and I are not invited. Hmmf. It will be their first year going without us but I am sure they'll be fine. From what I've heard from my girls friends Halloween is a big thing here. I ordered them a costume each. Becky will be a zombie cheerleader and Ellie a zombie prom queen. They are so excited.

Ellie's new best friend has been off school for a couple of days this week poorly and I was a little worried when I heard. At Ellie's old school if her best friend was off school Ellie was a little lost without her but Ellie said I needn't worry at this school because she has lots of other friends. Phew!

Early on in the week I got a phone call from my best friend from Northumberland. We hadn't spoke for a couple of months so it was lovely to catch up. She is honestly the only thing I miss about Ashington. Stu and I are already planning a trip back up North next year and we will be sure to visit her.

Becky was supposed to be out with her friends tomorrow but since she's wasted all her money at college I've said no. She has spent over £25 this past week, mostly on pop and crisps, she was only in college 3 days! She takes a packed lunch so it's not like she's going hungry and thirsty. She wanted another £30 to go to town and I've had to be tough on her. I've said instead of going to town she can go to work tomorrow and earn some money! Then I will give her, her pocket money during the week. She has to learn that to get money she has to earn it and I don't have an endless money tree in the back garden.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Family activities to celebrate world space week!

Did you know the past week has been World Space Week?


World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology. It is held each year from 4th to the 10th of October! 

These dates commemorate two events: 

4th October 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, opening the way for space exploration.
10th October 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

There is plenty of places around the UK to learn all about space and science. Here's some of the best!

Liverpool Planetarium - Liverpool,.
Free entry.
For a fascinating day out take the family to the Liverpool Planetarium. Take a journey through space and time and learn all about the magnificent universe! You'll get up close to the moon and lots of amazing planets and be blown away by the new digital show 'Chronicle of a Journey to Earth'.

Island Planetarium - Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. 
Adult £5, Child £3.
The family will be amazed and mesmerised by what they will see at this planetarium and you will learn all about the night sky. You will go on a journey through space and time in the astrodome and the exhibition. Throughout the year they have a changing variety of shows including 'we are aliens', 'a star is born' and 'cell!cell!cell!'. 

Armagh Planetarium - Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Show the kids that science can be both educational and fun at the Armagh Planetarium. It was established in 1968 and has been fascinating visitors ever since. You'll learn all about our solar system and the amazing object that exist in the cosmos.

Southend Planetarium – Southend-on-Sea.
Adults £5, Children £3.
Southend Planetarium is a wonderful and unique experience where you can learn all about the solar system, astronomy and the night sky. You'll have the chance to ask the lecturers any questions so sit back and enjoy the live and rather fascinating talk.

£12 per person.
This hands on, interactive science and technology centre is a great place for a family visit and is packed with fascinating exhibits including a space zone where you will be transported through the solar system. Enjoy amazing film screenings in the 360 degree planetarium cinema on lots of interesting topics about our amazing universe and the planets and stars we share it with.

Free entry.
This beautiful windmill was built in the 1800's by a Nottingham baker and has a rich history, having once been owned by a famous mathematical physicist, George Green. Here you can see the windmill working then the wind blows and even buy organic flour. There is a fascinating small science centre next to the mill where you can find out all about George Green and his life story. 

Cambridge Science Centre - Cambridgeshire.
Adults £4.50, Children £3.
The Cambridge Science Centre is full of amazing exhibits and learning activities which will make you and your young ones wide eyed. Take a look at the many displays which include, a spectroscope which will let you see the colours of light the way the naked eye cannot. You can also see how passing an electrical current through a single wire can make it generate enough of its own energy and will jump around.

Adult £8, Child £6.
A unique and fun museum for all science fiction fans, with lots of different shows under one roof; see the collection that ranges from Doctor Who to Red Dwarf. Enter through the Tardis like door into the atmospheric museum with sounds effects and props.

Free.
This museum has a fantastic collection of artefacts from the first airborne cameras and flying clothing to high altitude 'space suits', night vision aids and lots more. The museum has exhibitions to interest the children and you will get to see parts of aircraft tunnel, a fully working wind tunnel, models and more. 

Adults £11.50, Children £9.
The Glasgow Science Centre is a fascinating place that's perfect for kids with a thirst for knowledge. Using temporary displays, you'll learn about all aspects of science including the human body and the universe. The Science Centre is also home to an IMAX theatre, so you can take your little ones to see a large scale film in stunning surround sound.

Do any of these take your fancy? Have you visited any of these places before?

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Leftover roast dinner pie - Recipe!

I found a recipe using leftovers from a roast dinner to make a pie. I didn't follow the recipe but it gave me the idea to make the pie I did and some leftover jam tarts!


I always cook far too much when I make a roast dinner. Usually we just have it reheated or made into bubble and squeak but this time we fancied something different. There was plenty of carrots, meat and parsnips left so I thought it would go well in a pie!

I used a basic shortcrust pastry recipe. Just using plain flour, butter, a pinch of salt and a few drops of water. I rolled it out and put it in the nearest thing I had to a pie dish.


For the filling I mixed the carrots, chicken, roast parsnips and some stuffing I found in the fridge with a jug full of gravy. It wasn't the nicest or prettiest thing to look at but my mouth was watering just thinking about it!


I put the filling into the pastry base and there was actually enough for a 2nd pie. I didn't make it though. I bagged the filling mix up and put it in the freezer. It will come in for another time.


I rolled out more of the pastry and put it on the top of the pie and popped it in the oven. I left it until it turned a lovely brown colour.


We ate it with the leftover mashed potato from the roast dinner and of course plenty of gravy. It was so good and just what we needed on a chilly day. I will be making it again. It's a great way to use up the leftovers.

Like I said I always cook too much and I'm the same when it comes to pastry. I actually had some left over, enough for some jam tarts. I haven't made jam tarts in years so it was a real treat!


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A month at school and college!

It is crazy to think the kids have been back at school for just over a month. For my two they had big changes with moving house and starting a new school and college. I am pleased to say they have both settled in well. Phew!


 I did blog about how my girls got on after a couple of days at their new school and college but so much has happened over the last few weeks. (nothing bad, just new things).

My teen at college!


Becky is loving college, really loving it. I think that's down the fact she's only there 3 days a week. They're long days though. Leaving the house before 8am and not getting home until just before 5pm. I was so worried about her getting the bus but she's taken to it so well, in fact now she thinks nothing of just jumping on one to go to town.

Becky's confidence is growing day by day and it is fantastic to see her growing as a person. She seems to have really matured since she started college. She is so much more independent than she used to be which is of course a good thing. She is doing more for herself and being more responsible. She has finally got her head around that if she wants money on her phone, spending money and random things bought she has to help around the house. She has a little part time job in a 2nd hand shop. The hours aren't regular but it's a little bit of extra money for her.

Over the last month at college she has learned a bit about GDPR, confidentiality, safeguarding, diversity. human rights and mental health issues. She has said she is working hard and there is a lot of work to do. She doesn't really talk about what she has learned but more about the social aspect of college, the drama and the gossip. She seems to be staying out of the drama which is fantastic. She has a good bunch of friends and has been out a few times with them outside of college. Her phone is forever pinging with messages and most of all she's happy. I am so relieved. 

My youngest in year 8.


Ellie has settled in so well to school. It is so different from her old school and there has been a lot of changes for her to get her head around but she's coping well.

My biggest worry was Ellie making new friends, after the trouble with bulling she had at her old school. She was buddied up with a couple of girls and she is still friends with them but has made her own friends too. She plays out most evenings with a girl and a boy which she met in PE. She doesn't have many lessons with them but does spend break and lunchtime with them. Every day she comes home and mentions someone new. I keep asking her if anyone is bothering her and she says no. She said there is no bullying at all. Everyone is nice to everyone!

Ellie is learning lots too. This new school seems so much more advanced than her old school. She is learning things that her sister was learning in year 9 and 10. She has struggled a little as she is playing catch up but she's managing. At her old school she was in the top set for French and was put in the top set here too and it is way over her head. She's had homework and it's way over my head too. She is doing things which she didn't learn at her old school. I am shocked at how differently children can be taught at different schools.

There is a lot of other things which are different too. Like how Ellie has to measure out the ingredients for cookery and take them in from home. So far she's made bread rolls, pizza and cheese straws! She is loving those lessons. She is dying to have a go at textiles. They do half a term of cookery and then move onto another design subject for the next half term and so on.

Ellie is getting a lot more homework, most evenings she has some to do, even homework for PE. She had to learn the positions for netball, she had music homework about where the different notes go and history homework on the first week with a question of what was the main evidence of UK government opposition to the Iraq war? I didn't have a clue. Google came in very handy. I am guessing it was on about things they learned last year. Eek! 

How are your kids getting on at school?