Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Part of the inside of O's castle on friend A's realm

Shortly after yesterday's post O and I did the word search and mazes in the latest lego club magazine

S, O and various of their friends spent another big chunk of time making their minecraft realm castles inprenetratable with traps and piston lifts and cobwebs and things

After returning from work TD hung  S's new bedroom door - it actually closes!

O and I read some Stitch Head beast of grubbers nubbin and S and TD finished Emily the Strange - E is still adamant he doesn't want a story until the new Ruby Redfort arrives

This morning O and I dropped S to friend A's - there was some confusion as O thought he was going to but  in the car on the way home O talked about his plans for his display table at Japan Day 3 and asked how many days it was - we talked about 17 and 70 and he manipulated them around in various day and week and month permutations and then he said

 'I can't decide if I think maths, love or brushing my teeth is my most important thing in life." O7 "They're all pretty important.''

E had a fabulous morning  - in fact he said "Best day of my life playing with A and P! " I think they mostly played on HavocMC 

Meanwhile played Roblox with friend G and I looked at potential jobs - I guess I could have hoovered or changed the beds but......i did chuckle when I updated my skill base and a "Conflict resolution" job at Goldman Sachs popped up!

Then we met S at Football club which the rest of us travelled to with our Friends who now came to our hourse first live in France we last saw in July.

There were about 14 players on the pitch including O who lasted about an hour before remembering that football club probably isn't for him - E, however, really enjoys it - the family who run football club blog here

Back home and S is showing friend T her new room whilst E, R and another O play lego in the log cabin quickly

The past 24  E was bored and lonely - this 24 he's had loads of friends!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Hot Butterfly

Since we arrived home from Brighton yesterday:-

TD returned home from the allotment with the first apples of the season - E's IBS means he shouldn't really eat apples but as it was his apple tree; he's waited patiently to harvest he ate some anyway!

I cleared out the freezer making gooseberry crumble and chicken stock along the way.

TD and I have listed some outgrown things on eBay - Spoonhands often springs to life in Autumn and Sunday night is statistically the best for ebay sales.

We watched the Mojang live stream from Minecon about the 1.11 updates to Minecraft

We watched Victoria but at 60% kissing we were less impressed than usual - and Antiques Roadshow - Autumn Sunday evenings

Weird start to the morning when Ocado didn't arrive and phoned to say I hadn't answered the door which was all kind of odd - and meant we had pizzas made with left overs for lunch - then I declined it being rescheduled them remembered I was already waiting in for another delivery........then I knocked the coffee over on the stove top.....well the cooker needed cleaning but that wasn't actually my plan for the morning......

E made a meme (see above) - he likes this meme cat generator - it's actually engaged him in typing where previously only swear words in skype chat succeed.

I played some realms with S11 and O7 who are building castles on friend A's realm - they added moats and banners as targets and brewing stands. O has invested around 5 hours in his project. O doesn't much want to read books with me but reads or attempts to read everything I type in Minecraft chat

I played a Roblox murder game called Murder Noobs which is basically MCPZ Murder in Roblox with E and O.

E's interest in the putting more powerful batteries in nerf guns project was reignited this morning and he pulled out the canwelum batteries and nitecore charger to look at them and tried to explain higher volt batteries to me and what that does to the nerf gun to increase its power.

S's bedroom door will be painted red on Wednesday.

We had to wait in for our EE TV box to be delivered today and up until 2pm everyone was cool with that...but sadly lonely and bored E had a missed the toilet meltdown moment this afternoon.

We're switching broadband to EE to give more out the house data for Pokemon Go and as it priorities gaming traffic.

E and I read about the Hypixel Watchdog and how it has banned 500,000 players!

So aside from Drusillas and Japan Day 3 between now and Christmas we have Tuesday afternoon football club and S's alternate weekly Rackham lessons on Wednesdays plus babysitter M for E and O whilst that is happening....That's fine with O but is probably not going to be enough for E unless some more online gaming friends who play daytimes not evenings appear......

Lego Club magazines arrived O and I are just about to read the Ninjago cartoon together.

On this day last year S and I were in Cardiff for the Doctor Who filming locations tour of the city which I really enjoyed but she didn't really......in 2014 I met up with my old work colleagues for a meal in central London and in 2013 O was making lego dobots.......over half his life drawing and making dobots and on the same day  S read Diamond in the Hetty Feather series which had just been published all in one sitting.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Turn Me Out

O drew this yesterday - it is him playing with his ninjago spinner wearing his minecraft creeper top

Weaving in and around it all we've had several conversations this week about how history (in the sense that it is taught in schools and written in text books) is, often, only one person's perception of what happened. After all, how many times have you been in the same group conversation and drawn completely different conclusions to the rest of the participants?

I'm very aware now that the unschooling connections made on this blog are mine and that what loops and swirls to join up Lego Ninjago with Minecraft and Adventure Time in my head might not be what does in others. Lists are boring to read though and connections are fun.

It's Minecon this weekend - At least 12 of the people I follow on Twitter (so I can keep in the loop with the trio) are there - Grian, Preston, Ssundee, Staysays, TheCommonPeople aka Wizard Keen, Stampy, NoxyWoxy, Hypixel, The Red Engineer, Immersive Mind, Codename B, HPMooTV - For the trio Minecraft YouTubers are basically what pop stars were when I was their age. S and E have watched little bits of the live stream and we've read out tweets. We were glad to have met Grian at Insomnia back in March as he walked the floor - yesterday there was a 3 hour queue!

S really likes Stacysays - She often says I want to be like her when I'm older.

E and O tried out playing Roblox with a homeed friend who doesn't have skype yesterday - it was okay for a while but neither of them are really up for typing and reading alongside playing.

E then played with friend P from Thailand who he has been playing with for over a year now! Skywars o

So yesterday I mentioned the new Snow Dogs in Brighton which were installed yesterday ( I lived in Brighton way back LBC and TD loves The Snowman by Raymond Briggs and that FB time line reminded me that 5 years ago we saw giant nutella in Brighton and had a fun day at arundel castle) and surprisingly the gaming hibernators said "Let's go!" so we did TD has been working on S's black bedroom with black walls, black bed, black shelves, black blind, black floor for a long time now and needed a day off.

S made packed lunches for both she and O before we left - including steaming carrots!

We used the Withdean park and ride and on the bus TD showed us a new £5 , and E read out some Call of Duty posters - The trio also had a conversation about Simpsons on the  top deck of the bus mentioning an episode I don't know!

Whilst we were walking through the North Laines S said  to me "How did someone who lived here for 5 years turn our so uncool?"  - I defended myself by saying that being home educated was pretty cool and that people in their 40s trying to be cool is a bit  crap but apparently no!!

We split up after the lego store for TD and E to walk down to the end of the pier for Pokemon Go (so. many. pokestops.) and  S, O and I to visit Dave's Comics and another couple of shops they like but S got really cross with me when I wouldn't spend £50 on a tartan corseted bustier dress that was studded along the top of the bust line (she is 11)

There is a cool new update to Pokemon Go which tells you where you caught your Pokemon - TD and E only caught one they didn't already have but is was pokestop tastic and TD bagged over 100 pokeballs

We saw the new Death Star in the lego store and compared it to O's 2014 model.

We ate lunch sat by the Pavillion which featured on my 21st birthday cake

It was mine and TD's movie night last night - a rare 2 hours in which we get to watch our choice of program and we chose this with Sarah Lund and several actors from the nordic noir dramas that we love

Home now - S is on Minecraft realms, O is engrossed in lego and E is in the log cabin. TD is off to the garden centre and allotment...

 Disco Dog

Awesome street art

The mod dog in Churchill Square