The Days

The sometimes vague plan clearer in hindsight

May 13
leave Albuquerque

May 14
arrive Heathrow
went to lunch on the new patio
shopped in Staines

May 15
Visited Lis F. in London

May 16
went to West Wittering Beach, and to West Wittering parish church (stile and notes on stiles)

May 17
Hampton Court

May 18
"Victorian Times" at Harrow Museum

May 19
train to Edinburgh, stay in Linlithgow with Joannah Smith
Jo's photos

May 20
Queensferry, antenatal group
then to Bernie's outside of Edinburgh, near Penicuik

May 21
Speak in Edinburgh

May 22
Parenting talk

May 23
Family gathering, St. Peter's on Lutton Place

May 24
to Abi's and then Edinburgh Castle
(by dinner I was too unwell to be fun, went to sleep about 6:30, and was better the next day)

May 25
Museum of Childhood and charity shops

May 26
Monkey Bizness

May 27
Children's Club, then to Yarrow Valley, Selkirk
Kirsten drove me to Ester Siroky's house.

May 28
Walked, saw Yarrow Kirk and graveyard, went to Selkirk to see the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with solo clarinetist Maximillian Martin

May 29
Ettrick Kirk

May 30
Samuel drove me to Selkirk and got me on the bus to Edinburgh.
train to Durham, to Jude's, 1940's gathering

May 31
Durham Cathedral, dinner

June 1
Botanic gardens, meet-up with home ed families

June 2
train to Sheffield, to Bea Marshall's

June 3
picnic in The Peak District

June 4
Sheffield Museum, toad-in-the-hole, coal fire, fake shoes

June 5
St. Mary's in Walkley church, and train to Derby, to Elaine's

June 6
Tissington Well Dressings

June 7
train to Ashford (Surrey)

June 8
Leeds Castle with James and Adam Daniel

June 9

June 10
Julie took me to the hotel, we met the Waynforths, and Beth and Emma came and had dinner with us.

June 11
LiTTLe Conference, London

June 12
to France

June 14-17
Gathering in Baud

June 19
Return to UK

June 20
Walked around Ashford, went to charity shops.
Elvis night at the fish'n'chips shop

June 21
Julie, Adam and I went on the Duck Tour, the London Eye, and Adam was installed as a Beaver Scout that evening.

June 22, lunch and the water mill in Winchester with Julie and Adam
went to Katie Pybus' house in Pulburough

June 23, met with other home ed families near Arundel Castle (didn't get to see the castle but from a distance)

June 24, Friday, Katie drove me back to Julie's.

June 25
London to meet Carrie and see V&A, maybe (London Eye, probably, too)

June 26
Hollycomb Steam in the Country steam museum

June 27
Bristol and thereabout for nearly a week
Stayed with Allison and Bartek, Emil (8) and Lucian (5), Charlie the dog
Twice other unschoolers came over while I was there.
We went to visit Kate Mitchell in Stroud. They made me a wonderful kind of monkey-platter lunch.

July 2
Owslebury, Hampshire
Stayed with Cathy Koetsier's family, visited Winchester
James and Adam came to pick me up

July 4
tired, tired... resting for a day or two

July 6
played Apples to Apples with Julie, James, Adam, James' mom Cath and Ollie

July 7
Ringo's birthday, stayed at Julie's and worked on photos and blog posts

July 8
flew to Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
Stayed with Sarah Dickinson's family very fun

July 11
Kew Gardens, Julie and Adam and I met Lis Fields and Jasmine
Les Miserables, with Julie

July 12
(I was dismayed and overwhelmed at my pile of stuff; Julie packed me up.)

July 13
fly back home to Albuquerque