Trip to RHS Gardens Wisley:
First I went with her on a class trip to Wisley. It was probably one of the hottest days of the year (around 32 degrees) and although I would not normally complain, walking outside in the hot sun with naughty complaining kids is NOT the best way to enjoy a hot summers day.
But off we went in search of sticks and stones and petals and other obscure things we could later use to make a piece of art with. The kids then had to work in a team and decide what they are going to make and then put it together on the ground. This was in the way of a certain artist whose name I can't remember (sorry Mrs Tester) but he only used natural materials and made the art in nature, only to be blown away or melted or washed away by the sea shortly afterwards.
The kids in Mieke's group made a fire. No not a real one - they used rocks and sticks and then orange and red coloured leaves to make the flames. It was okay - nothing exciting and they enjoyed messing it up afterwards more than making it. I also noticed Mieke wasn't very into working with the group - she really preferred to do her own thing. So afterwards she took some grasses which was shaped in a circle and used it to make a nest, with round pebbles inside as eggs, and little feathers surrounding the nest - it was really sweet.
The next day or week (who can remember) we went to the park and she made a face with leaves which I thought was quite good.
After long deliberation and me putting it off as long as possible, we eventually got a pet - a male rabbit called Peter Rabbit. It was between him and a rat, so I chose the rabbit:
The girls really adore him although he frustrates Silke as he doesn't like to be held. He bares it for a few minutes then hops away. He is a house rabbit which means we keep his cage in the house and for exercise we let him out his cage and then WE get a lot of exercise chasing him around and trying to get him back into his cage.
He chews anything he can find but especially enjoy my photo albums and important documents which he can shred into a thousand little pieces. But he is quite entertaining and very cute and fun to play catch with.
It was a lovely morning in a beautiful setting and even though it was when Werner was in hospital I enjoyed being there.
And I just realized why I am not working and not earning a living. It is so that I can be there with Mieke and Silke at all these moments in their lives - it is worth more than all the money in the world.