We are a creative homeschooling family of 3. I have homeschooled my 2 boys from the start and we do lots of unit studies and get out into our beautiful part of the world as often as we can.
As the boys are getting older and we are getting busier I find I am posting less about our journey but will continue to update occasionally.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Home and memories of Eden

It is so nice to come home to our lovely house by the mighty mighty Clarence river after nine weeks travelling, and now that we are home we realise how much we missed it here. Sleeping in our own beds and having a bathroom and kitchen right there is pure bliss. Seeing the rampant growth in the lawn and the dust bunnies everywhere not so blissful but all sorted now. Catching up with Emerald, Mr12s rainbow lorikeet has been lovely, she has missed us so much and her life has changed dramatically living with the house sitter, she has had no contact with her wild mate and babies and they are not relating to each other at all at the moment, I have seen improvement over the last couple of days though so watching what happens there will be very interesting..

I have not done another blog post because of all the dramas I had posting them on the road so will share memories and pics as they come up.

Today was our first day back at school and it was a bit of a challenge to start the day and our new term. Lost books, no ink in the printer and a computer that didn't want to play were all overcome and we soon settled into our familiar routine and the boys worked well. I am easing them into it so we only did a couple of subjects today and looked at what we will be doing this term and discussed it. Once we finished today's work we played a lovely maths game we picked up in Eden, it is called "Catch Old Tom" and made by Fran Crispin, she had a whole range of maths games and other games for sale in the tourist information centre in Eden. We enjoyed playing and it was great to reinforce Mr7s place value skills up to 1000. Playing "Catch Old Tom" sparked a lively discussion about Old Tom and the Killers of Eden.
Eden is a beautiful coastal town on the far south coast of NSW, about 1120 km away from our home in northern NSW. We spent a lovely few days there on the full moon in April and we visited the Eden Killer Whale Museum

It is a wonderful museum and the story of Old Tom and the partnership between the whales and the whalers is fascinating.

There were other amazing things to learn as well-like this interesting cure for rheumatismand this amazing storywe also learned about the tragic number of ship wrecks that happened all along our coastline, these ones are just local to Edenand I appreciated this little poster to assist us in our own whale watching today.
On our travels we developed a habit of exploring the warves it was a lovely place for a walk and always lots to see, here Mr7 'assisted' in mooring a boat in the harbour, well that's what he said he was doing.


Monika Schmid said...

Great post Louise! Your boys are lucky to have such an understanding mum who eases them gently back into the school term:-) I too have lovely memories of Eden, it's a wonderful place.

Kez said...

I love Eden - its such a gorgeous place.

Erin said...

Welcome home Louise:){{}}

Eden sounds lovely,

alecat said...

Hello Louise, and boys!
We LOVED catching up with you all while you were down. Snatching just those precious couple of hours was lovely ... but it would have been wonderful to have more time. Ah well. :)
Hoping you're all settling back okay, and that Emerald finds her routine back to normal again soon too.

Helena said...

Welcome home, Louise! Being away is beautiful… and then the coming home is divine, isn't it? I've enjoyed every update of your Epic Journey. :) I can't wait to see more pics and read more about your travels but also now, read your lovely, everyday, at home news.

Glad you're enjoying your kitchen/bathroom/soft beds! :)

alecat said...

Hi there again Louise,
Just popped by your blog to see how you're going. I know you've been quiet here, but that probably means you're super busy at home.

Hey .. you have a picture of the modern Jonah here! How is it I didn't notice that earlier?
Mariposa and I went to the Dolphin Research Institute late last year and we were told about that story. So nice to see it via the photo .. thanks!! :)

Stay well and say 'hi' to the boys from all of us.

Catherine xxx