As Ted had been running a temperature of over 103 yesterday (up and down for most of the day), I put our story of St Brigid on hold till today (along with more work on the painting and drawing of the bear from A King of Ireland’s Son and anything else remotely organised). I was up till the early hours of the morning keeping an eye on him and when I got up, naturally didn’t feel too brilliant – although Ted felt a lot better, but stayed in his nightgown all day.
Nin made some porridge and sliced banana for breakfast (with just a little touch of maple syrup) and after breakfast she helped slice onions and apples for the evening meal (pork in cider cooked in the slow-cooker – it had cream in it, which is my tenuous link to St Brigid as dairy would be traditional).
We then had our very short main lesson – because my poor head isn’t really up to much today (and indeed I’m off to bed very shortly). I told the story of St Brigid today (which makes a change from the usual stories I would tell at this time of year) and we did some crayon work on the bear and then some candle decorating.
Cutting wax can be quite a challenge for small children, but he was very determined to do it himself. Here are the finished candles (Nin’s on the left and Ted’s on the right):
Aside from some child-led science experiments with the marble-run, that was about it for today, aside from a bit of knitting. I’m chugging along with a Cassia for Nin – size 10 for a bit of extra ‘grow-room’ – it is a lovely looking dress/tunic, but reams of stocking stitch do bore me rather. I’ve also been using what I have already and am not entirely convinced by the colours I’m using together (I’ve striped the yoke), but hey, we’ll see. I’ve had a hankering for some time to streamline the children’s (and my) wardbrobes and keep to a few colours and whilst she likes purple, I’m not convinced it’s the best colour on her (I think lighter lilacs, pinks, blue and greens suit her better).
Anyway, I’m off to bed to rest this poor head of mine in the hope that I feel far brighter tomorrow!