Our Easter holidays have started rather well, with everybody at home and getting together every now and then for various activities.
Yesterday my younger daughter and I went along to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee party arranged by South Bucks Children’s Book Group. The children listened to three fabulous stories about kings and queens, made lots of crafts, had tea and cakes and a book raffle. My daughter won a book and was very pleased with herself. The crafts were also fun – make a British flag, decorate a horse and carriage, decorate the royal knickers (which provided a lot of giggles), make a crown (which was rather clever as you take a strip of wide sticky tape, decorate it with pieces of coloured paper, sparkly sprinkles and various other bits, cover it with another strip of wide sticky tape and secure it with a small sticky tape bit to go and stay on one’s head – ta da!)
This group is part of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and has monthly events for its members and also general public. They hold book swaps, arrange visiting speakers (such as authors, illustrators, book editors), events for children (i.e., storytelling, competitions, expeditions, parties, picnics, etc.), book exhibitions and informal sales and many more. For more information on various Book Groups around the country go to – http://www.fcbg.org.uk/
My daughter liked the party and the activities and I think we will be joining the South Bucks Children’s Book Group as members for more of their events.
This little party and the way it was run reminded me a little bit of our two wonderful years with the home education group called Experience Education, where we also got together every other week to discuss a certain educational topic and enjoy the activities to make that topic come alive – good times! The only difference was that in Experience Education we knew almost everyone, and at the Book Group almost no one! If you’d like more information on home education, better start from here – http://www.home-education.org.uk/
Today we went to the cinema to watch the movie “The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists” made by Aardman. Some funny bits, but all in all not quite there really, their Chicken Run was way better.
On the bright side we started our “Eat Your Own” season today with a bunch of some green onions and garlic blades for our supper salad (feeling a bit smug right now, but NOT looking forward to frosts promised by BBC Weather forecast!) I shouldn’t be too pessimistic though as I “fleeced” everything in bloom or green that I don’t want to lose to frost!
But I still pray for sunshine and warm weather to come back very soon!!!