The start of his final year in his thirties!
May your year continue as it started with happiness, games, good food and wine and just a little bit of silliness!
So this is what our education has been looking like for the last few weeks as Ruth prepares for her last lot of exams:
I was somewhat gratified to find that All In The Mind -Tues 18th May 2013 – said that research shows the best method of revision is self testing – the way we have worked has been to get through the material asap and then work on exam past papers for as long as possible as our main revision.
All that is about hoop jumping, so now we have a 3 week breather before the last biology exam it’s time to go back to real education. After a slow start today we played Hunter and Gatherers and Ruth made the most amazing chocolate éclairs.
Had our second picnic of the year today. I got out and dusted off my lovely tiffin tin (it was very dusty as last year was so wet we didn’t use it once).
We had a sunny afternoon in Puckpool Park – luckily I could sit in the shade and hide under my summer shawl. Had a great time with lots of Zonie friends and a great way to celebrate a couple of birthdays.
So we are on day 5, food is difficult today as people are all over the place at all different times
Porridge and jam (again)
Onion soup and bread
(those out had bread, biscuits, satsumas, apples and crisps)
Rice and value curry sauce – with pepper, onion and leftover pork
Then we went to Youth Nite at church and as we had spent less everyday we used some of the money we had left over to buy some treats there:
Coffee – 40p
Crunchies – 50p
Sweets – 50p
Cake – 50p
Total for the day £4.59
So total for the week is: 17.64
So we had £7.36 extra that we could have spent – we could have had a piece of fruit and some more pulses everyday.
Martin says he will blog more reflectively about the week later.
I’m looking forward to some lovely local eggs and toast for breakfast tomorrow 🙂
Porridge with value jam.
Slice of birthday cake (approx 30p)
Soup and bread – 64p
Curried baked beans and rice (gross value sausages and rice for the fussy two) some onion and sweetcorn.
Food for Martin travelling to London: 4 Morrison’s version of Ryvita, Bombay mix, cream cheese, flapjack
3 cups of tea
Total Cost: £3.17
Today should have been much easier as I had made the bread and soup the day before. However we had a number of problems – 3 people were out at lunch or dinner time – and food for on the go is much harder to make cheaply. Martin had to go to London so was going to be around at dinner time – this meant I has to make dinner before I left in the morning so Martin could eat it at lunch time – all the weighing and calculating took much longer than usual and I was feeling quite frazzled by the time we managed to leave the house to go to Circus Skills. I also had a stinking headache which I think might be because I’ve not had any caffeine and recently I have been drinking lots of coffee!
Usually on a Tuesday Rebekah goes to Jamie’s house for dinner. That was out this week so Jamie came to us. He brought his own noodles and had them with some of our store-cupboard chili sauce. We often have friends around and in fact the bible verse “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” is one of our family life principles so the lack of funds for entertaining is something that I don’t like! Rebekah did well though – she only had one biscuit yesterday and gave Jamie the extra one today!
We went to a friend’s house for some birthday cake after Circus Skills today and we had discussed in advance that Jonathan could have a piece and we would allocate some of our food money for this purpose.