Well, our whirlwind(ish) trip to The Big Smoke is over and done, and we’re back in Civilisation. The girls were remarkable: by 8am on Friday morning, when our lift (aka Durban-Grandad) arrived to fetch us all, they’re already finished their Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic for the day. Not to mention having eaten, fed their pets, and packed enough toys to stock an entire orphanage!
On the way there we listened to the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I thought our Durban-Folks were very patient to sit through the entire thing, but the girls loved it. We played “Grandma’s Trunk”, but never got further than “J”.
(“In Grandma’s Trunk I found an Apple.”
“In Grandma’s Trunk I found an Apple and a Basket.”
“In Grandma’s Trunk I found an Apple, a Basket and a Chinese Cat.”
And so on …)
We also played Twenty Questions, but not Eye Spy, for some reason. Durban-Granny had the inspired idea to bring along
French Knitting Bees. The girls learned how to French knit, which was great since we’ve just started the Sheep, Wool and Weaving unit. Awesome timing as always! The Lord really works all things together for our good.
On Saturday we attended the year’s first Highland Gathering at a local high school. My brother is a bass drummer in a pipe band, and they did very well. It was great for the girls to be there and see how it all works.
Sunday we had a family reunion of another kind. We attended our old church, where I grew up, we got married, and both girls were dedicated. It was very special to see our old friends again, and to marvel at how tall everyone’s children are now!
Yesterday we set off home and again, the girls had packed up, eaten breakfast and finished most of their three R’s by the time we set out. Jozi-Granny sent us home with a box FULL of Asterix books, craft magazines and Cricket magazines. Treasure!
The girls were very sad to say goodbye to grandparents, aunts, uncle and puppies, not to mention the Bearded Dragon they came to adore (instantly!). But it was lovely to get home and great to see just how well home education works in transit. In fact, all we needed was a sheep farm or amenable agricultural museum and it would have been perfect.
Maybe next time.