Admittedly, it hasn’t been the easiest of times here recently.
We had the very sad passing of a family member which caused much upset and hurt. Then we lost Kira, our spaniel and my constant shadow of 10 years just last Friday. Heartbreak just doesn’t come close, I feel totally lost without her and the house seems so quiet – even when everyone is around.
2006 – 2016
The children have been coping well. Of course copious amounts of tears have been shed, but we have allowed memories to be retold and feelings to be shared and I think that the situation has been handled as well as I could have hoped, although the upset has been great. For me, I am utterly thankful that Kira passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family that she no doubt adored. She wasn’t what you would call a friendly dog to outsiders, in fact, totally the opposite. She was fiercely protective of her family and didn’t take to strangers at all. This meant that we adapted to suit her needs, often arranging to meet friends out and about so as not to cause her stress or place fear within our visitors. We would only allow those that would understand and were comfortable around animals to visit. It is a relief, if that isn’t too offensive, to now be free of those binds and to be able to free up our home to visitors. Given a choice, I would have her back without question or thought, that goes without saying I’m sure, but the situation is what it is and I have to keep reminding myself of the pro points of losing my ever faithful friend.
We have been enjoying some nice weather in Devon of late. We were ever so British and dashed out to buy a barbecue upon hearing the promise of sunny days. It is the first we have owned since moving here, and we have used it twice so far – which in less than a week isn’t bad going. The children have adored the experience of cooking and eating outdoors, and we are all keeping fingers crossed that we have many more warm dry days ahead. In the meantime we have been sure to enjoy the warmth and fresh air…
In between the tearful sad sobbing and the joyful family times, I have been busy overhauling the Classroom Free website and preparing to open a Classroom Free store. The initial plan is to include things that I make – the wooden peg dolls, seasons table items, shaped crayons, etc – with items that will be useful for home-educators, childminders, and those within the teaching profession. I have spent a long time perusing supplier website and contacting businesses with a view to become a stockist – and although the process is a long one, and the task overwhelming at times, I am very much looking forward to see which direction this new addition to the site will take us.
In other news, we have kittens!
What an awesome educational experience we are having watching them grow and develop. Mama cat gave birth to her babies practically on my lap! I don’t think I shall ever forget it. I feel truly honored to be chosen to witness such an event at such close quarters, it was amazing as you can imagine. The pictures above show the kittens at almost 4 weeks old. They are becoming much steadier on their feet now and are wanting to explore everywhere.
Today we have had a home day. The children have spent the day both indoors and out – they have read stories, jumped on the trampoline, searched for butterflies and bumble bees, played with dolls, researched wild flowers on the internet, drawn silly faces, made up silly rhymes, listened to birdsong, played with the cats, picked nettles for the goats, nagged me to bake cakes (which we never got around to – bad mama – I must remind myself to do that tomorrow), played with a ball, built brick towers, hide and seeked, and made plans! I have had a lovely chat with Chelsea on the phone for over half an hour, researched suppliers for the new store, read stories, helped the little ones with their counting needs, gave hugs when required, watched children as they happily played, painted peg dolls, and also made plans – home-education, business, and life.
Tomorrow we are off to home-ed group, and… who knows!