Thursday, 26 June 2008

Told off!

Well, not really told off!! It is just that Hannah commented, when she rang tonight, that I haven't blogged for a while!
We seem to have had quite a busy week.Julia and I went to town Monday p.m. and had to rush back for Christian dance club! After thinking that CYC was off, Phil had an email from Elaine to say that the girls can go after all! Huge sighs of relief and many grateful prayers of thanks all round! Forms and deposits have been posted, nothing to do but look forward to camp!!
Well not quite nothing- Lydia still has to finish her maths text book! Then she can revise and do the mock exam when we get back from the Lake District.
Tuesday was another busy day- Phil and I went for coffee on a yacht upriver and only just got back in time for more Christian Dance!
Wednesday saw me helping at Guides and today I visited Lidl!! Can't wait for Sainsburys to open.
Hannah will soon be moving into Helen's house- first she and the boys have to clean the student house! They had better do a good job or they won't get their deposit back! Hannah and Dan have lined up some flats to look at- all very exciting.( Sorry Hannah- some of this isn't news to you!!!)
Tony and Lyn have gone to St. George's hospital in London for Tony to have his heart operation- if it all goes to plan he should be back home on Saturday.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Take the Test!!!


As a 1930s wife, I am

Take the test!


Here are the details of a competition to win a free language course ( worth £145). The details are as follows:So, the question is…….is there anyone out there who’d be interested in winning a one year, level one language course in one of 14 languages??? (They actually do programs in 31 languages, but only 14 are available yet in version 3)

Here is a bit more about the program in case you aren’t familiar with it.

‘In case you've not heard, Rosetta Stone has just launched the first 14 languages of its new Homeschool foreign language curriculum in the UK. The new curriculum is available in three levels for each of the 14 languages released. This is not just the same Rosetta Stone program redone, it's an all new curriculum. Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3 includes a headset with microphone, and students must participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Of course Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well in addition to speaking. Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they're included! For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports. Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers, and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon.’
You can also check out the Rosetta Stone website at to read all about the program and to see the full list of languages available. To mention a few though, you can get a course in Irish, or if you are interested in a course in English you can choose if you want ‘American’ or ‘British’ English! LOL! Maybe I should get the course in British English! Also the traditional languages studied in schools like French, German and Spanish.
This course usually costs £145, but to the winner of my contest a level one course in the language of their choice will be absolutely *FREE*! (And you all know how much I love that word!)
So, what do you have to do to have a chance of winning the fabulously amazing prize? First of all you have to leave me a comment on this post(, and just to make it more fun tell me what languages you have studied or can speak (or not as the case may be!) Be sure to include your blog address where you can be reached or if you don’t have a blog, an email address so I can notify you if you are the winner! AND if you enter and leave an email address and you don’t win you will receive a special offer from Rosetta Stone! How cool is that? So everyone who enters and leaves an email addy wins!! Whoo Hoo!!
You can double your chances of winning the full program and get two entries to the contest if you leave me a comment AND copy all of the highlighted (green) information and post it to your own blog, then post a link back to my blog at ( to show where you blogged about it and to complete your entry.The contest will close at midnight on the 28th of June. The winner will be chosen at random (out of a hat!) on Sunday the 29th. Hurry up and enter everyone and be sure to spread the word!
I'm not sure if that is more than I needed to copy, but ,hey! I'd quite like the chance to win and this way I get two shots!
Deedee's blog is
I enjoy reading it, she also does a homeschool one for the UK.
I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Home Service conference in Bath.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Simple Woman's Daybook

This is where the day book comes from

Outside my window....the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing.

I am thinking...about Daniel.

I am thankful for ....the love of God

From the kitchen....home made bread for lunch.

I am creating... a summer skirt from fabric from Malaysia.

I am search for books for next years studies.

I am wearing....a pink t-shirt and crinkle skirt.

I am reading...'Real Learning' and Charlotte mason summaries.

I am get camp sorted soon.

I am hearing...Julia singing.

Around the house... I have washed the kitchen floor, I need to do the bathroom floor!

One of my favourite things...reading blogs.

A few plans for the rest of the week.... prepare for Sunday school( it is my turn this week), finish the skirt and my knitted muffin.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you.... the chapel where my brother was married.

Friday, 13 June 2008

A,B,C, easy as 1,2,3

Saw this on another blog, and thought I would join in!
A is for age..
next year is the big 5 0!
B is for burger of choice..
Not sure about this one, but it won't come from MacDonalds!
C is for what kind of car you drive..
Yellow VW T5 van- soon to be converted into a camper.
D is for your dog's name..
Don't have one!
E is for the essential item you use everyday...
Hum, Bible, Computer, Cooker!!
F is for favourite TV show at the moment..
Was The Apprentice but now is Location,Location,Location.
G is for favourite game..
Sunga, or Othello.
H is for home state..
Born in Kent, but now in Devon.
I is for instruments you play..
Have tried violin,piano,guitar, recorder and now I have an AutoHarp.
J is for favourite juice...
K is for whose butt you'd like to kick..
My own!
L is for the last restaurant you ate at..
Royal Selangor Yacht Club, Port Klang, Malaysia.
M is for your favourite muppet..
Animal, Swedish Chef.
N is for number of piercings..
O is for overnight hospital stays..
Four babies and numerous stays for my prolactinoma treatment.
P is for people you were with today..
My husband and daughters.
Q is for what you do with your quiet time...
Read my Bible, surf the net, sew.
R is for your biggest regret...
Not doing things differently when Daniel was in Sixth Form.
S is for status
Married- nearly 30 years.
T is for the time you woke up today...
Not sure, about 6.55 am I think.Phil forgot to press snooze!
U is for what you consider unique..
My children!
V is for vegetable you love..
W is for worst habit...
Not finishing one thing at a time, easily distracted.
X is for x-rays you've had...
Y is for yummy food you ate today...
Home made pizza.
Z is for zodiac sign...
Aquarius( not that I go in for this sort of stuff).

There we are,these things are good fun!

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

The sun is shining!

Yesterday afternoon found us aboard Jireh, making for Newfoundland Cove, just outside the river. Lydia and Julia took it in turns to be at the helm on the way down the river. Once we got there we all donned swimming costumes. We had the beach to ourselves .Phil, Lydia and Julia all swam in a slightly chilly sea! But I stayed dry! Julia and Lydia then had a go rowing the dinghy once we had returned to the mooring.
Today is sunny again and we are off to Torquay to sort out the mortgage( yes, the Pumpkin money has arrived!) and do a bit of shopping.
Julia is making muffins for lunch and Lydia is nagging for a go on the Nintendo- Julia now has Cooking Mama 2 ! I think Julia's efforts with real food will be appreciated more!
Lydia's IGCSE work is keeping on track, won't be long until November and some of them will be over and done with-hurray.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008


I have been on a bit of a book buying/borrowing spree! From the library I got 'The Golden Notebook' by Doris Lessing, but have abandoned it in favour of 'Rhett Butler's People' a novel about Rhett Butler and the events of 'Gone with the Wind' from his point of view. I thought it would be good background for when Julia and I reach slavery and the civil war in our American history.
I am waiting for 'Real Learning' by Elizabeth Foss but the 'Charlotte Mason Summaries' have arrived. I haven't started them yet as I am still reading 'Shepherding your child's heart' by Ted Tripp( bought from the home ed bring and buy site).
I probably have enough to keep me going for a while!

Back on track!

After a very wet week , a visit from Phil's sister, a trip to Bath for the Home Sevice day conference, Hannah's 21st birthday and the safe return of Lydia, we are back to some kind of normality(I hope)!
Lydia spent half term in Portsmouth with Hannah and shared her birthday celebrations. She also caught up with old friends.
Julia had a sleepover with Naomi and helped me entertain her Auntie, we even had a trip round the harbour courtesy of Phil.
Julia and I took the train to Bath and really enjoyed the conference, although in different ways! Julia made friends to play with and I always appreciate meeting other home-eders and hearing from them- particularly those who have been on the road a lot longer than us. i even met a lady whose blog I read, you see bloggers are real people!