“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” I am going to gloss over the longest week ever of homeschool this half term and move swiftly onto the better things… like chickens, flowers and sledging.
We started the week off nicely with some sledging as we finally got proper snow! It was wonderful to enjoy sledging down a local hill with blue skies, a nice view of Yorkshire and what felt like brief normality.
The snow and ice have hung around in small patches throughout the week and the kids have really enjoyed playing in the garden on our frozen flood water in between homeschool breaks. It’s nice for me to get some time to catch up on life admin whilst they’re outside letting of steam, albeit in small chunks of time due to the temperatures.
Like I said in the start of this post it was not only about sledging but also chickens and flowers. We have contemplated chickens for a few years and kept talking ourselves out of it. for various reasons. I wrote chickens as one of our family goals for 2021 so we just went for it when the opportunity arose. Possibly not the best thought out plan to get them whilst there is avian bird flu regulations in place but at least with this cold weather the coop we have will be sufficient.
All that said we were really excited for their arrival and the kids have really taken to them, even Flo. We have named them Mabel, Margot and Mimi and now we just need Rusty to behave and they will all fit in fine together I’m sure.
This week has ended nicely with not just chickens but with flowers too. We don’t go that big celebrating Valentine’s Day as a couple, we tend to mark it with a small gesture and include the kids. As it was on a Sunday and in lockdown we made a small effort of a nice breakfast of heart crumpets, flowers and small chocolates for gifts. We followed this with a lovely walk in the very bracing arctic winds.
If you’re on half term this week, I hope you enjoy your week away from Google classroom and Microsoft teams!
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