Phew the last day of the half term holiday and I've finally managed to put my feet up! My week as a registered childminder has been spent with the littlies on a Halloween theme and we have carved a pumpkin, watched spooky films, been up to our eyes in crafting and yesterday had a Halloween party .... I'm exhausted and surely getting too old for this sort of thing ..... or is it the young ones that keep me active in mind and body????
The weather has been horrid so we have been confined to barracks and this morning one of the littlies brought a DVD with her called Greyfriars Bobby .... a charming tale set in 1858 about a cute little Skye Terrier who sat by his master's grave in Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh for 11 years.
Whenever we watch a film together I like to have a little Q & A session afterwards just to see how much of the story the children have absorbed and try to help them understand that some stories are based on fact and that children had to live in the most awful conditions in Victorian times. We then try to compare this with the lives they lead today and to emphasise how fortunate they are to have comfortable warm homes, food in their bellies and parents to look after them.
I told them about my Newcastle nanny who was orphaned during 1919 when her widowed mother died during the Flu Epidemic ...... nan was aged 14 and one of 9 children, they were sent to a Convent and nan was put into service soon after ... her experience must have been awful because from that moment on nan fell out with the Catholic Church and would never speak about it save to say that they had to walk around sometimes in bare feet and she worked morning, noon and night and was lucky to get a Sunday off if the lady of the house felt she had worked hard enough. I had to explain what a convent and a nun was and one of the littlies piped up like the ladies in Sister Act ..... had to chuckle at that one!
We finished the day watching the original Lionel Bart version of Oliver .... this has to be one of my all time favourite films
How cute was Mark Lester and Jack Wilde, sadly no longer with us, the perfect Dodger.
We had a little tear and sang the songs and again reflected on the lives of children in those days. Now it may be just my age but I was surprised that the eldest child (now in year 6) had never heard of Charles Dickens .... surely his novels convey a message that should still be retold in our schools .... what do you think??
Enough of the serious stuff ..... I've got the weekend to myself and tomorrow I will be here
This is my favourite wool shop based in Baldock, Hertfordshire and they are re-opening tomorrow in larger premises so it would be rude not to visit.
Must get some housework done too as next weekend we are off to the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia ........ having visited the Country Living Fair in Islington last year I have to say that I much prefer the Spirit Fair. I'm hoping to squeeze in a visit to Liberty and Covent Garden too.
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing x