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Thursday, 3 February 2011


I haven't posted for a while. Laura's not been well and is waiting to see a rheumatologist and physiotherapist. Because of the pain, Laura hasn't really been able to do much as it's very difficult for her to concentrate but we have made it to a few home ed meetings.


We took Billy the rabbit to Home Ed group yesterday. Laura told the children all about him and then they had a question and answer session. Laura was very nervous but she didn't show it and the other children seemed to really enjoy it. (Billy behaved perfectly)


some of Laura's recent paintings


Laura wrote a lovely poem today.


by Laura Miles on Wednesday, 02 February 2011
As grass blades sway like duelling swords
I gaze longingly over thy glistening ocean
Dreams dashing & dancing like a ferocious storm
As chalky cliffs nurture me as thy wings would
My mind gets lost in thy angelic features

What is it like holding the globe? A mighty worrier with a heart of gold
Never worrying about growing old as broad as thy ocean with a sword of magic & wonder
Cradling our globe in thy wings a protector a lover a reason maker
You position the sun to shimmer onto me warming sand amongst
My toes you are a mighty being as strong as a lion with a puppy’s love

The barer of good with evil a level minded strong hearted fighter fate with destiny make up your bulky frame you are my hero one of which nobody appreciates you balance a single little life with good & bad from the echo of an angry sea to a kitten’s purr by thy roaring fire

An inspirational being spinning our planet to love our souls a being nobody would feel unsafe with
Yet they mock your existence do you stop thy world from spinning? No! you accept their views & carry on my hero thy angel forever worshipped within me.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


I haven't had a chance to post for a while so time to catch up. Simon took 2 weeks off work and it was really nice to be able to take him to Home ed group and Latin group to meet everyone and to see what we do when he's hard at work. We visited some of the places that Laura has wanted to go to for ages.


Laura has always wanted to visit Bristol Zoo as they have a walk through bat enclosure. It was amazing to see these wonderful animals close up.

We had a lovely day and saw many amazing creatures.



Laura studying the locusts.

Laura the explorer

A freezing cold day


Thankfully we managed to see the dinosaur before it burnt down.

R.I.P. Mr. Dinosaur.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Pizza galore.

At our home ed group today the children made pizza. It was so nice to see Laura joining in with the others. The pizzas all looked wonderful and everyone had a lovely time. It took ages to cook them all and no time at all for the children to devour them. A huge success.
Busy making pizza dough

time to put it in the oven

Simon's on holiday from work for 2 weeks so he decided to come to group to meet everyone and see what we do. I didn't think it would take him long to have a go on the big slide but I couldn't believe it when he managed to persuade Laura to go on it with him, she's usually so scared of slides.
Laura would only go on it with Simon at first.  
A bit scary
........but she eventually did it on her own. WELL DONE LAURA!

Friday, 10 September 2010

A very sad end to a happy day.

One of Laura's guinea pigs has been ill for just over a week and on antibiotics. He had been improving but took a turn for the worse tonight and died in Laura's arms. R.I.P. little Dave. We'll miss you so much little man.


A scene from The Giants Necklace
Laura hasn't done much formal work over the summer holidays. It didn't really seem fair to make her work while her brother, James, didn't have to go to college. Having said that, Laura is always busy working only she doesn't realise it's work :) We decided today that it was time to get back into a routine (if there is such a thing when you're home edding). Laura began her morning by completing some of her maths work book (rounding decimals). She then read THE GIANT'S NECKLACE by Michael Morpurgo and drew a picture of a scene from the story on the computer using paint.

After lunch we read some of Laura's animal care course covering cells, blood, muscles, connective tissue, skeleton etc. Very interesting and a lot of it was new to me but Laura remembered most of it from science in school. I was very impressed.

rubbing the butter into the flour
An afternoon of baking followed. Laura decided to bake some cornish biscuits.

Rolling out the dough
Cutting out the biscuits
The finished biscuits.
Laura spent the rest of the afternoon in the garden hypnotising the rabbits. She has such a way with them that they are so relaxed they're almost comatose when they're in her arms. (Really useful last Monday when they had to go to the vet for their vaccinations).

Laura and Billy
A very relaxed Eddy
A chilled out Ebony

Thursday, 2 September 2010


Laura in her "not back to school picnic" T- shirt

Laura and I wearing our T-shirts. (Both designed by Laura)

 Sack races, games, balloons, bubbles, Karen's floppy balloon helicopters ( so funny) food and good company. A recipe for a perfect day.

Musical Bank Holiday

at least she enjoyed it for a while
Laura decided that she wanted Simon to record her singing today. She had practised over and over and finally decided she was ready so Simon set up his recording gear and off they went. Laura had partially recorded her song and wanted to listen to it. Her voice sounded lovely and in tune but unfortunately she didn't think so and became upset. I tried to convince her that it sounded good but she has lost a bit of confidence so we all agreed it would be a good idea to have a break and try again in a few days.