Sunday, August 2, 2009

Living in the Past

I do hope that this title has at least some of you remembering Ian Anderson's nifty flute playing! It certainly makes me wish I had that one on CD - it's one of the few I don't have, for some reason!So, Son 1 has recovered nicely, and is back to Living in the Past. These photos were actually taken at the end of term, when he was the only boy in his class to bother to turn up to and dress up for the school's Medieval Party. I think his bowman costume went down well - it was a mish-mash of costumes he and I have put together in the past, and he did most of the work on it himself.
The new medieval/Lord of the Rings project is the construction of a trebuchet. (That's what I would think of as a big catapult, but apparantly I would be wrong in many ways...)
Little post-its have appeared around the house as he has recovered...
A chalk board on the sofa details his plans...

And we have been warned not to attack the collected 'stuff' on the kitchen table.
Meanwhile, Son 2 and I have made flapjacks for the camping trip - I see that Americans call pancakes flapjacks, or have I picked that up wrongly? These UK flapjacks are oaty bars - good for camping or picnics.
In the evening we ate pizza whilst playing Trivial Pursuit. This is quite amusing now, as we have a set of children's questions which are a good level for Son 2, but are a bit too easy for Son 1 (except British TV or sport questions, of course neither of them can answer those...) We came up with a strategy where he began each round with a children's question, and then moved on to adult's questions for science, geography, history and literature as he went on.
Son 2 won, mainly because he is rather terrifying when he is loosing, and Son 1 and I gave him lots of clues whenever he looked miserable. I can see that something is going to have to be done about that...
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So we're off to the airport to pick up Ben very soon, and will be camping from tomorrow night onwards.
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As Liz seems to have guessed, we will be camping without benefits of modern technology, so I will be out of blog contact for a week...
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Have a lovely week yourselves!

15 comments:

Michela said...

Have a nice holiday Floss!
Glad to know that Son 1 is ok now!
Happy camping!

Sal said...

I love that 'Living in the Past' track!
Hope the weather is good for your camping!!
Have fun!
;-)

Shabby Chick said...

Hope you have a wonderful holiday! I think your son is going to grow up to be a rocket scientist one day :)

Mel xxx

Sarah said...

Oh have a great time won't you! Love the outfit, shame it was the only one!! I just don't get it.

I think every family has a bad looser! Nothing like a flip of the board and a door slam part way through the game is there?!!
Catch up with you in a week.

Laura said...

Hi Floss! Have a wonderful holiday! Your sons are so dear....wonderful ages! We Americans on the east coast call them pancakes but everyone is familiar with the term flapjacks as well....whatever you call them...we like them!
Have fun!
Take care, Laura ;)

Lululiz said...

A whole week without Floss blogs, sigh. Still, I expect we'll get to see lots of lovely photos and hear lots of great stories when you get back, right? Have a fabulous time with the family, fingers crossed for good weather, and try and find a broc or vide greniers somewhere, won't you, and come back with some exquisite goodies to show off.

PS just had a great time refreshing my memory of Living in the Past by youtubing the original and more recent versions. GREAT STUFF! Thanks for reminding me xx

Cal said...

Have a wonderful time. We'll miss your blogs. My hubby used to be terrifying when he was losing! And that was playing a 3 year old! - lol
Cal x

Tamara Jansen said...

I hope you have a wonderful camping trip! I hate being away from modern conveniences but the kids love it :)

abeachcottage.com said...

enjoy, nothing better, have a glass of wine for me in AUS!

Sarah

What makes you happy? said...

It all sounds like awfully good fun!

Karen said...

Your boys sound like mine! I have one doing his artwork, like always, and another building a model of some kind of military thingy from some war that I know nothing about. Boys are fun little creatures! I have the messes in my house, too! Have a great trip and enjoy those flapjacks. Are you having cackleberries with them? Karen

Lace hearts said...

What fab pics - his outfit looks terrific.
I hope camping is a blast, and the weather's kind to you. I love camping with the children. It's always a giggle, even in the rain.

The Curious Cat said...

Your son looks brilliant in his outfit - good aim too! xxx

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

What a smart little guy, I love those chalkboard plans!!

Ashley said...

Yes there are some silly Americans who call pancakes flapjacks,always disappointing because I just think of Nanas oat flapjacks and want one!