Wonders will never cease – we actually found the school room yesterday!
We had a lovely time reading all about the life of William Shakespeare.
It must’ve been interesting cuz even Azzan stuck around to listen to most of it.
I also read them a children’s version of Macbeth.
They really enjoyed that.
We didn’t do too much more than that – can’t push things too much to begin with
Despite the rainy day Mahalia & Azzan trotted off after lunch around the track to visit Josie & Jack.
They got back just before dinner – in time to have a spa.
Today was Nathan’s official birthday – he is now 13 years old.
He celebrated by doing maths this morning and then helping his father on the musel boat this arvo.
This morning we moved the little old tv set out of Shanni’s room into the living room so we could all watch the video of Macbeth. I have managed to obtain a heap of Shakespeare’s plays from the library but they are all on video. So I think Cat and I will try and locate one in town tomorrow at the recycling centre that hopefully will give a clearer picture with a slightly bigger screen.
It was a bit painful watching it today.
Can’t have been too bad though – Mahalia & Nathan were glued to the screen for the whole movie. Azzan & Shanni found it a bit long and tedious.
I was following along as best I could from my copy of the ‘Complete Works of Shakespeare’ – I found Roman Polanski’s script had skipped around a bit and also had left out large segments of the play.
Azzan has retained some of the story as this afternoon he has been repeating – ‘Out, out damn spot.’ repeatedly!!
So maybe now that he has learned one line from the play I will begin to teach him some of Macbeth’s soliloquy – that could sound quite dramatic and impressive for a 6 year old to announce to our visitors
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.” — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)
The children all wanted to write a story for the ‘Sylvanians Grand Hotel’ competition. So last night I typed as Azzan dictated, and then today Mahalia dictated her story. I had to laugh – she decided that her story was going to be about a group of little girls and their mothers having a girls weekend, no boys allowed.
I heard Mahalia comment – ‘no brothers, that would be heaven.’
Cat has been busy in the garden, Hali & Azzan were pottering around with her.
Graham and Shanni have begun building her new aviary. Graham is great, hs is teaching Shanni as he goes and allowing her to do things for herself. Here he’s showingher how to cut and add the corner strengthening – she soon had it all sussed and was able to counter her lesser strength by cutting from both sides to get through the strips of metal.
He shows her what to do and then lets her loose to work it out for herself. Now they have the base frame built he has left her with a project tomorrow – she has to dig out the ground under the framing and get it all level.
This afternoon I felt I needed to make a bit of an effort for Nathan’s birthday dinner. I didn’t really feel like cooking but nevertheless, it is not everyday my boy turns 13. I made a beef stir fry with sweet & sour sauce, roasted kumara wedges, and mashed carrots with parsley. Cat and Hali made one of Cat’s famous weed salads. For dessert I made a new recipe – Orange Sauce cakes. I got Shanni to help me. I needed orange juice and rind for the mixture and the sauce. She was merrily chattering as usual as she was squeezing the oranges. Then she began to grate the rind for me, – then I heard her ask me ‘Where do you want the urine?’
I was a bit startled, then I realised she was meaning the rind. When I explained what she had said she chortled away and said ‘Well, rind did sound like urine – anyway, what’s urine?.’! I am glad we got that one sorted out before it was too late!
Cat and I had gone shopping on Monday to fulfil Nathan’s b’day wishes. Cat had successfully hidden the booty up in Anson’s hut.
So tonight we got him to close his eyes for ages while she and Azzan carried it all in. He had asked for a pot and a grapevine for his balcony. Cat found this cluster of pots for the same price as one large pot – so being the Scotch canny person she is that is what we got
He was totally delighted – and now has it all sussed as to what he is going to put in the 3 smaller pots. A rose in one, rosemary in another and the smallest on is still in debate!
The orange cakes turned out well – I popped a candle in one to make Nathan feel that I hadn’t forgotten his birthday entirely! The cakes were so delicious. Cat wouldn’t stop eating them despite her efforts to stay within the boundaries of her diet!
Everyone got engrossed in reading the papers that were wrapped around the pots – they were all written in Chinese – no prizes for the first to guess where they came from
Tim’s hip is giving him gip tonight so he has gone off to bed. My knee is not great so I am heading that way very soon too.
Cat & I are off to town early so it will be another 5am start. Yawn