Archive for September, 2008

Catapult Capers

Sifting through some old photos we came across one of our E-day activities:

Making catapults. The three teams had to construct a catapult using limited resources that would fling three objects, progressing in weight, onto a map of the desert island you’re friends are stranded on. There’s a catch though, on the map there were mountains, rivers, quicksand, forests and a campsite. You have to aim to get the objects onto the campsite and definitely not in the quicksand. You get points for landing your missile on the easy-to-get-at places.

A sense of achievement

As of 17-09-08 I, (J13), have decided to learn a new small ‘skill’ every day. Be it a new word or a sentence in a different language, how to write a certain letter in cursive, cooking something new…
And aim for some bigger things that can’t just be achieved in one day like learning how do a backwards walk-over, the splits, diving, writing and publishing a book…

So when I have achieved something I have been working towards it will be written down on this page:  #1001

The Lego Band

Last week K11 and i  J12 made this lego band : )

When in Rome…

Salve! Savete ad domus nosti!

Translation:
Greetings! Welcome to our house! 

Well, my learning Latin proved very useful on Sunday night when we (finally) had THE ‘Ancients Dinner’.

To start at the beginning, you must realize that about five years ago our family and the E family studied Ancient Egypt. Around that time somebody said it would be cool if we could have an Ancient Egyptian dinner.  The mums said it was a good idea…
Since then we have both studied Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages including the Vikings, and the Renaissance and Reformation.
The ‘Ancients Dinner’ , as it was now being called, kept getting put off until it was observed that “The whole idea is ancient!”

So Sunday’s dinner was a very special one.

Every one was dressed in  bedsheets authentic togas as we walked next-door to where Grandpa was hiding. Dressing him in a purple toga (after being told that purple is a royal colour he didn’t complain), we paraded back, ignoring the stares we received from the neighbours!!

Once the Mexman (Mexican-immigrant-now-roman-citizen) had delivered a speech about how the Ancient Romans put on banquets and the likeness between a Roman Banquet and the Last Supper, we ate.   

The menu was one fit for a Caesar.

Roasted stuffed Dormouse 
Peacock eggs
Prunes
Grapes
Roast Pheasant
Stew on Bread
Oranges
Dates
Grape juice
Roast Pork (complete with apple and crackling)
Olives
Marzipan cakes
Honey cakes
Chocolate (to bring us back to modernity)

Joke of the night: Don’t go ROMAN without your toga!!! 

A wonderful night that will undoubtedly be remembered for a long time!

Count-down

Only 28 days until we go on our trip!!! Not long now!! 
While we are away we probably won’t keep this blog updated but we will definitely write here.