on Friar Mendel’s birthday …
It might be cold and grey outside, but inside, we here in Bootville are peaceful, snug and busy. There has been lots of …
:: hunting through boxes in the sewing shed, looking for missing embroideries.
:: ogling the incredible amount of fabric – and some of it, so lovely – that is hiding away out there.
:: rediscovering my reproduction stash – might have to get stuck into some of that soon.
:: looking at found embroideries with fresh and excited eyes … a little bit more of this here, a jiggling of that there … and realising that despite my best efforts, only one box of embroidery threads has shown up – drats!
:: reading “The Friar Who Grew Peas” with Abby, Sweetpea and Julian (inspired by Google’s elegant header).
:: quibbling over the pronunciation of traits (which, of course, brings up “sloth”) and getting to roll MY eyes at the girlchild’s declarations that she has grown up thinking Mendel’s scientific significance lay in his extensive use of trays.
:: threatening, on the part of the husband and girlchild, to start a compendium of how Lily pronounces words compared with the rest of the world (hmph!)
:: indulging our funny, silly and oh so adoring dog in her perpetual need to play
:: downloading a very exciting piece of software.
:: sitting here in the light of my lamp, embroideries beside me, fingers almost trembling with the thrill of using it.
p.s. if you have upper primary school aged children, “Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas” is an excellent and beautifully illustrated introduction to his work and the idea of heredity. Quite a lot of text but very well written and clear. And leaves the reader with an appreciation of the hardships many people endure whilst pursuing their passion for a good education and knowledge. I’ve popped it in the sidebar if you’d like to check it out :-)
p.p.s I found this marvellous collection today … and spent hours scrolling through the hundreds of imaginative and sometimes really inspiring headers Google has dedicated to people, places and events all over the world. Check it out! We could create a very eclectic calender of celebrations from it. Wonderful homeschooling tool!