No electricity and the house in a misty grey cloud yesterday turned a normal school day into a reading by candle light day. It was very cosy.
Rich Tea boy took himself off to Africa with “Jock of the Bushveld”. He has now designed a Boma he wants to build in the woods. Miss Friendship joined Bilbo Baggins in conversation with Smaug. Miss Puddleduck went on adventures with Floppy the dog and Longshanks decided to be very serious and get to grips with the Treaty of Versailles. I must ask Ouma if she can show him the artifacts from the League of Nations she has in the kist. His HMS Victory model also gained some more sails by candle light! It’s coming on. He’s done a good job.
With candles lit and carols to rehearse we played lots of music. Miss Friendship and I learnt some new and obscure carols together. The children said they were starting to feel Christmassy.
They played many games of Monarchy, which somehow became raucous and full of laughter. I was making some little Christmas decorations in the kitchen where the light from the window was bright when I heard that Longshanks had been defeated yet again by Rich Tea boy. The next thing Longshanks came sliding into the kitchen on his belly, slug-like, and without lifting his head he mumbled into the floor “I’m off to count my money”. His dramatic expression of defeat had us all in stitches.
I enjoyed seeing how my youngsters entertained themselves without electricity.