Thursday, 27 March 2014

School work and dog walks

This morning I took a picture of the boys doing their schoolwork. Just to let people know we actually do some!
 We had some lunch and went on a dog walk at a local recreation ground quite near to us, it has fields, a playground, cricket pitch and some woodland. I have many fond memories of going there as a child to walk the family dogs.
 One of the fields is huge. The two specks off in the distance are the puppies. Their recall at home is perfect but when we're out they are very inconsistent! Sometimes they come back first time and others they completely ignore me! A bit more training needed I think!
 Max with his ball and Callum with Hexa who loves her ball and chukka.
 Clark doing some training with Chumleigh, he's just recalled him and made him sit. Clark can also walk away from him after telling him to  'wait'. He can do about three steps away and then he releases him from the command. I unfortunately am not doing so well with Tyxall! She recalls most of the time and sits but not every time. We've decided to go over our local fields, just Clark, myself and the puppies for some extra training.
 Chumleigh and Tyxall together.
Whilst we were there about four planes went over one after the other flying really low. Cody was entranced by them and just stood watching them.
We then went to B & Q to get some flowers to put in the pots we're giving my Mum for Mothers Day, then onto Pets At Home as the youngest two needed fish food for their goldfish.
Lastly we went to pick Eden up as she had Chamber Choir after school.
The boys played out the front with their friends whilst tea was cooking.
As I type baths are being had and Malc has just left for a Cubs planning meeting.
All the dogs are sound asleep and Chumleigh is doing the 'Staffy snore' as we call it.
All in all, a good day.


  1. sounds like a lovely happy family, human and doggie. I can well imagine the snoring LOL My lurcher is pretty bad. but 2 of my blog friends have bulldogs I can only imagine how loud their snoring is!

  2. Some days are blinding, some are not so good!!
    My other dogs don't snore so it was funny to hear them when the first did it! It's quite endearing x

  3. It sounds like you all had a lovely day. It's nice to see children taking such responsibility with the dogs, and in turn, the dogs are being well trained. Archie snores so loudly, it's quite common in dogs with short snouts.

    1. It was lovely x The rules are the dogs is trained and walked by them, ( under supervision) otherwise they can't call it theirs. They do love their dogs and rabbits. I think there's nothing quite like having a dog to tell your troubles too!

  4. One of the things I loved when we home schooled out eldest 3 was those impromptu outings during what would normally be a school day. We don't have a dog but one of our cats snores. He'll sit on the back of the sofa snoring away right by my ear, and its so bad its almost like being in bed with DH...LOL!!!

    1. I didn't realise you homeschooled Helen. Your comment about DH snoring made me laugh. I love it when Malc says he's hardly slept, yet I was listening to his snoring for ages!!

    2. We only homeschooled for a little while, about a year and a half in total. DS1 has mild speciall needs and I didn't feel it was right that he had to go to school first and suffer before they'd see fit to assess him and get him help, which could take months, so we kept him home until he was 6 and they finally got him into a special unit attached to a local primary school. At the same time we took our two oldest girls out of school and they were also taught at home for a while. And then later DD1 didn't settle in secondary school so we had her out for a few months until we found somewhere she was more comfortable. I feel that they all benefitted from their times at home, and certainly the girls had a much better attitude to learning than their peers, and they knew how to research and discover information on their own whereas many other children these days have to be spoonfed by their teachers (I know this because DH was a secondary school teacher for 10 years). It certainly didn't do them any harm, both the girls went to University and DD2 has a masters degree in Clincal Psychology, and DS1 went through normal secondary school, got some GCSEs and also went on to college for 3 years to study film and media. Looking back I wish we'd kept them at home for longer, and also given the youngest 2 the same opportunity, but it didn't work out that way. I hope you don't mind me asking, but from your posts I take it that you are a Christian family and I wonder whether you use the ACE materials as we looked into them at one time. Are you also members of Education Otherwise, as we found their help invaluable when we were schooling ours? By the way, I'm quite happy for you to delete this if you'd rather not post such personal information, and you can always contact me through my blog if you'd like to.

  5. I totally agree with you about the researching and discovering on their own. Eden's so much more motivated than her friends. She's just got 6 A*'s and 5 A's in her mocks and is predicted to get 9 A*'s and 2 A's in her actual exams. She's got a great attitude to learning. The boys are very good at researching themselves and are very motivated. We use the National Curriculum very loosely as a guide but are always going off topic and lessons never go the way they are planned! I'm happy to go their way, if they're asking questions then they're going to remember the answers! We do Bible stories as we would English or Maths. We're not devout Christians but I do like to teach the children Christian values. I just think it's a nice way to live. We don't belong to Education Otherwise, we've just never needed their help, although I do know of them.
    Your children have done really well by the looks of things. You rightly must be very proud of them. I don't mind answering any questions on my blog, it's lovely that you've shown an interest Helen xx Ask away x