Well after Uncle Ralph’s death last week there has been a lot to organise. His widow, Great Aunty Mary, has needed my help organising and planning the funeral and sorting out all the paperwork. On Monday the children came with me to visit her so that I could meet with the funeral director and make arrangements. They were, it has to be said, complete superstars. They took their colouring and drawing books and quietly occupied themselves for over 2 hours. We then went off to grandma’s house and I returned to talk to Aunty Mary for a bit longer.
The rest of the week was very similar. It wasn’t intentional but there was so much to do. On Wednesday afternoon we went shopping for smart outfits for the funeral and on Thursday the children went back to Grandma’s for a double sleepover while I sorted out more paperwork.
Tuesday was our only day of official Home Ed as we joined in with a trip to Gibside with lots of other home ed children for a talk on wildlife habitats. It was windy but not too cold and everyone had an excellent time. So good in fact we didn’t leave until 5pm – having arrived at 10.30 that morning!
Heading off to the pond.
Rolling down the roly-poly hill.
Things are almost sorted now. The funeral is on Tuesday and I have to sit with Aunty Mary on Wednesday for a doctors appointment but then things should return to normal. I think we are all looking forward to that. It has been a very emotional couple of weeks. Still the children have loved having the extra time with their grandparents.