Thursday, 22 September 2011

Markham Grange

 Give Daniel a camera and you're never quite sure what you'll get, but here are some of the pictures he took from the visit to Markham Grange

 Bucket that never overflows
Not the real answer

Silo for munching mdf etc to feed the boiler

Food for the boiler

pipes along which the wood chippings go to the boiler, blown by a fan


inside the boiler

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Fort Paull

A very early start, and a long journey, but the weather was wonderful and the sighting of a woodpecker made the effort worthwhile

Not many photos taken as a lot was underground in the dark or directly into sunlight.   The outside exhibits, definitely more interesting for boys.

 Aircraft Carrier
Inside aircraft carrier

 butterfly bomb
 crushed under fallen masonry
Hull lift for lifting heavy debris

 house martin nest
 Signs on wall in barber/dentist

In other news, Jonathan has completed his first week at college, tired, but enjoying it which is the main thing.

Friday, 2 September 2011

College Registration and Gardening

Wednesday saw us back at the college for registration day.  There were a couple of tense moments as those dealing with the registration didn't know why someone at fourteen, with none of the relevant qualifications were trying to register for the courses.  However, these were little glitches, and on the whole, the process was quite smooth.

Jonathan's weeks are going to be very full for this year-Monday am, English GCSE, Wednesday and Thursday, Bricklaying, and Friday am Maths GCSE.

There is a test after five weeks in Maths, and if the students don't pass this test, they are off the course.

English is a whole new curriculum with all class based assignments and four exams during the year.  The book they will be studying is "Of Mice and Men".  We are out today to get a copy so Jonathan can get some advanced reading done.

While this is all going on, Daniel and I have been busy in the garden.  Onion seeds have been planted, and spring cabbages planted out.  We're just waiting for the spinach plants to arrive and they'll go out to crop all over the winter.

Next thing on our list, will be induction day at college next Wednesday.  College for real starts the following Monday.  Once all that is done, I have to start the whole process for Daniel.