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Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday Reflections - 58

We have spent this last week in the north east of England, having house-swapped with some friends. A complete change of scene and of pace of life has been restorative, and we have filled our week with a variety of activities that we can't normally enjoy.

We began at a bird reserve, where we caught sight of various birds that we don't usually see, including a spoohbill that a member of staff showed to us through a telescope.

Gleeful Girl 

Spot the Difference (They Insisted on Identical Coats!)
One visit was to Beamish, an outdoor museum where in various sections different aspects of life in the past are reconstructed. The children particularly appreciated the Pit Village and the Town, both of which depict life in the 1900s. They even got to go to school!

The mine visit was popular.

Practising handwriting, maths, and Latin - voluntarily!

Glorious sunshine meant a trip to the beach was in order. Splashing in the water, playing catch, digging sandcastles, eating ice creams, and, inevitably, reading all featured.

Sunny Day by the Sea

Reading on the Beach

Yesterday we headed off to visit Housesteads Roman Fort and Hadrian's Wall. I'm sure the children took in some history as we wandered round, but most of all they decided that it was a great place for exploring and playing hide-and-seek. Plus, I came home with a Latin crossword book from the gift shop - so we were all happy.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Exploring the Fort

Hadrian's Wall

Hiding in a Hypocaust 

Amidst all this, we have managed some quiet mornings and evenings, involving reading and resting and some running. I hope that we will go back sufficiently energised to face our final half term and finish our academic year well.

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