So, what was happening downstairs whilst I spent time upstairs with my nose buried in books, ignoring my children?
There were several visits from Charlie's friends, where the boys played with the new kittens or spent unmentionable amounts of time constructing villages on Minecraft.
There were random experiments.
|Apparently, this gunge will turn into crystals|
There was a lot of reading. As well as finishing the Harry Potter series and re-reading a lot of old favourites, such as the David Walliams books, 'Tom Gates' series and the 'Wimpy Kid' series, Charlie completed his Summer Reading Challenge.
There was a lot of playing with Lego.
|Recreating the Titanic disaster in Lego, complete with iceberg|
In between, there was shopping to unpack...
He and Charlie visited Hersmonceux Science Centre, which is one of Charlie's favourite places, providing lots of opportunities for fun science experiments.
And they went to Hove Museum, where Charlie was fascinated by the early film plates in the media and film collection.
And intrigued by the contrast between a Victorian bedroom and one from modern times.
I was so relieved when I had finally completed the essay and could stumble downstairs to see my family again. I half expected them to have grown up and left home in the meantime.
Now I was back in the fray, the three of us could go on excursions. One day we visited the house of Charlotte Matthews, part of Lewes Artwave. We were so impressed by her work that we ended up buying some of her prints.
Afterwards, we went for a long walk in the countryside.
|A red admiral|
Last weekend, a friend came to stay and we all went out for fish and chips on the beach in Brighton. A seagull swooped down and stole a chunk of Charlie's fish.
|One of these seagulls was the culprit|
|Eating our fish and chips, whilst the seagulls waited for another chance|
|View of West Pier|
This week we are resuming home ed, which will include studying our new topic, the 'Titanic'.