Saturday, 1 October 2016

Green Belt

Ben's been going to Judo lessons since he was 8.

He may never be a world class fighter 
{he may never actually win a fight by an ippon}

But today at Judo Camp he graded onto green.

Perseverance pays off!

Visiting Megs

Megs plan for this weekend was to visit best friend Jamie at her Uni  in York -
but when Jamie went home for the weekend - 
a slot opened up for us to pop over the hills
{and deliver a LOT of quorn for her freezer}
so armed with a freshly baked chocolate cream cake -
we shot over the Snake Pass.

We had coffee student style perched on her bed
drove her to collect a parcel, then into town.

Fed her at Cafe Rouge -
bought her books and hot chocolate at Waterstones
and took her back to her flat.
Before she threw us out once again!

Good times!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

A Streetcar named Desire

To take my mind off Megs departure -
I had an amazing theatre evening with my wonderful friend Kathie -

We saw the divine Maxine Peake
{our new best friend - see pic below}
in A Streetcar named Desire

It had been completely sold out -but when the set was finalized a few tickets were realised -
and honestly - I think we had the best view in the theatre!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

And then she was a student....

Sunday 18th September 2016

In the morning we all went to Church as usual -

but afterwards we went home to pack up the car - 

and by half past three we were at Megan's new home -
the Endcliffe student village at the University of Sheffield.

We unpacked - I helped her make her bed -
we took a few photographs -
and by 5 o'clock she had kicked us out -
ready for her University Adventure.

We drove home over the hills -
full of pride and excitement  and just a few tears.

Just over eighteen years -and she's grown up and moved out - 
it barely seems possible.

Have the most amazing time Megan <3 font="">

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Watersports Camp

Ben spent the weekend with other Explorers from Aquila at Tatton Watersports Camp

So - admittedly he was pacing on top of a mound when we arrived to pick him up -
but by all accounts he "pitched in"
and he seemed to have had a good time declaring "I only fell in twice..."

Saturday, 10 September 2016

King Lear at the RSC

And another King Lear

We've seen this play so many times over the years -
And I do declare that perhaps I now finally understand it!

It was a day trip to a rainy Stratford -
Megs last full weekend before she leaves for Uni.

Another hit from Mr Sher and the RSC -
Pagan and powerful
With brilliant show stealing turns from Edgar and Edmund
A fitting send off for Miss Megs!

Monday, 5 September 2016

First Day of Year 11

So here's the story...... Ben took ICT as a GCSE option.
 When he went into Year 10 his personalised timetable threw up a problem - 
the ICT classes clashed with Humanities.
 Wade Deacon solved this by teaching him ICT 1:1.
 This meant that by the summer term he had finished all his coursework to the best of his ability. His teacher suggested he should take the exam this summer - 
he practiced with her and took the exam in June.
Today was the first day back at school and he got the result - 
a C in the exam and the final grade will be higher with the coursework added in. 
He is so happy with himself - and I am so very proud of him.
(Photo illustrating his "smug and superior smile")