Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Recently, Charlie was invited back to the school he's been waiting to join since he left his last school in May 2014. He was asked to come in for two taster days. At the end of the first day, he came out beaming. When I asked him what he'd enjoyed, he answered, "Everything!" He said the same on the second day. Apparently, he even enjoyed the Maths, his least favourite subject.

So we were all relieved and delighted when the school offered him a place for September. This means that our accidental home-educating adventure will be coming to an end in a few months' time. 

By sheer coincidence, my elder son's specialist school place was also confirmed on the same day that Charlie received his offer, so we will have two boys starting full-time school in September. In the meantime, Charlie continues to be home educated, whilst Tom is going into his school part time.

As I'm now very behind with the blog, here are a few snaps of our recent excursions.

Anne of Cleves House in Lewes

Trip to the seaside to stay with Granny

Trip to see the decommissioned underground nuclear bunker in Kelvedon

(This should have a blog post all to itself really. My elder son is fascinated by deserted buildings and bunkers, so we visited it for him, mainly, but Charlie was just as captivated. We were not surprised to find that the bunker is used for zombie survival games!).

Looks like an ordinary bunker (apart from the give-away missile)...

...but opens into an underground labyrinth of tunnels and secret rooms.

Charlie modelling a gas mask

Farm trip

One day at the end of April, Charlie and I visited a farm with the local home-ed group. We had a short time to explore the farm before assembling in the barn for a talk on life cycles and a chance to feed the lambs.

This was the highlight of the day for Charlie. After feeding time, the farmer showed us his youngest lamb, who was only one week old.

After the talk, we ate our sandwiches outside, sitting in the sunshine. We still had plenty of time left to visit the rest of the animals on the farm. We met pigs, goats, rabbits, ducks and hens - and Charlie was delighted to discover several chicks with one of the hens.

He also spent a long time enjoying the playground.

Before we left, we paid a visit to the farm shop and bought some fresh farm eggs and some elderflower cordial.