It’s Wednesday and we’ve (sort of recently) started a new book club read so it’s time for another What We’re Reading Wednesday

This is what we’re reading…

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Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. These books have been on my radar for quite a while so when it was suggested as a possible book club read I had all my fingers crossed that other people would want to read it to. We’ve actually got two books running this month which turns out to be working fairly well. The other is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl but I decided to start us off with Percy – it’s more our type of book.

Let me tell you outright…we are LOVING this book. Not quite two weeks in and we are already half way through. I’ve never known Nibsy to devour a book so speedily. The book is aimed at a higher age than some of the other chapter texts I have read with Nibsy and so I have found myself stopping a little more frequently just to discuss the current events in the chapter with him to ensure he is fully aware of the plot and charcters. There are quite a few characters involved initially and so it can get a little confusing. In hindsight I should have kept a character list for my own reference but as the books move on the number of characters reduces making it easier to follow.

I do want to address the age range of this book in a bit more depth. From reading various posts online and from the reactions of other parents in our book club I think that we are reading this book at a very young age. The book itself is labeled up as 9 years plus and I will agree that some bits can be a little gruesome but I feel that Nibsy is able to cope with the content and to find great enjoyment from the text and so have decided to go for it BUT if you’re child isn’t a fan of scary or slightly gruesome books then it may be best to avoid Percy for now.

The book is absolutely jam packed with Greek Gods and mythical creatures. In the first half we’ve already encountered a centaur, several satyrs, demi gods, Dionysus, the Minotaur and Medusa…that doesn’t even factor in the mentions of Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Hades, Olympus, The Underworld and even more I’ve probably forgotten. It’s sparked a massive interest in Greek mythology for Nibsy and so we have several books on reserve at the local library and several due from Amazon in the next few days – got to love their £0.01 books! I think it’s obvious from previous posts that both Nibsy and I like crafts and to kick off what looks like a massive Greek Myths project we created a minotaur using a toilet roll and the template that I downloaded here.

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Nibsy is already begging me to order in the next Percy Jackson book so you should probably expect to see a lot more of Percy and the Greek Gods on here for the foreseeable future.

Apologies if this post is a little odd or disjointed, I’m working off the iPad app rather than my usual blogging software.

Matts job in Glasgow came to an end last week and so for a while we are calling my parents house in Worcestershire home. Well Nibsy and I are, Matt is currently with his parents in Derbyshire, it’s not much fun to be separated but we’re making the best of the situation and hopefully the job situation will resolve itself sooner rather than later.

We’ve been here just over four days now and Nibsy has had a lot of fun already.

The first full day here he invited himself over next door to visit with their puppies and he has spent many an hour stalking my mums poor cat around the garden. We also took a walk in the Wyre forest and followed their new Gruffalo trail. Pretty cool.

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The weather here has been stunning. The sun has been shining and the temperatures have been between 24 and 28 degrees so Nibsy has spent a lot of time in the paddling pool. Grandad also made a special trip to the local DIY shop to buy sand to fill up the sandpit. What more could a boy ask for?

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I mentioned briefly here a few months ago that I have been researching our family tree. Anyway, it transpires that my Dad has a second cousin living no more than 15 miles away that he never knew about. They were kind enough to invite us over on Monday to meet them. It’s a little crazy to think Dad and this man have lived so close all their lives but never knew of each other’s existence.

Nibsy’s big break through since arriving here has been learning to peddle a trike. Previously he just couldn’t get the hang of it no matter how hard we tried to help him. 5 minutes with Grandad and he was away. Maybe he just needed different explanation than the one we’d given him…who knows. What it does mean is that several times a day we have to walk/cycle around the village. It’s good exercise.

This morning we caught the bus to the local town. It’s only £1 there and back and Nibsy went free. A bit cheaper than city prices! We had a little look around the shops, it’s a very small country town so there isn’t loads to see and do but we did manage to purchase a Horrible Science Explosive Experiments set for £2.49 at the charity shop. It’s never been used and retails at £15.99 so that’s definitely my bargain of the day. Nibsy is naturally itching to try some of the activities out.

So, those are just some random rambling a of our adventures of late…very different from our recent adventures but tons of fun none the less. Blogging might be sporadic for a while as I don’t have my laptop or software with me but I shall try my best.

How am I writing another weekly wrap up already? Where does the time go?

One of the big highlights of our week was on Monday. We took the train to Kilpatrick where we were greeted by our friends. We then loaded ourselves and all our children in to their car and drove another hour to Inveraray. I spotted Inveraray Jail as a tourist attraction worth visiting many months ago and had been wanting to go but never really got round to it, plus the public transport in that direction wasn’t altogether great. Thank good for my friend who was happy to drive.

We arrived about 11:00 and the jail was already quite busy, we had to drive around a little before we could find a parking spot but once we had parked up, got ourselves sorted and paid to go in the jail itself wasn’t actually too overcrowded.

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The jail wasn’t as big as I had expected it to be. It was split in to three sections, a courtroom, the old prison and the new prison. The courtroom was pretty cool, they set up mannequins and played courtroom trials which you could sit down and listen too, interesting for adults and older children but not so engaging for the 5 year olds in our group.

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We saw the airing platforms, tiny little cells outside where the inmates were put for 1 hour each day. Fun times.

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The prison areas were more interactive for the children. Some of the cells were empty with just information boards but some had activities for the children to try out – the whipping table was surprisingly a massive hit with all the children, no pun intended!

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Someone got caught for his bad attitude…

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It took us about 90 minutes to see everything in the prison. To be honest at £9.95 an adult and £5.95 for over 5s it wasn’t great value for money. It was fine as a one off but it isn’t somewhere I’d go back and visit or would highly recommend. If you’re in the area anyway it would be worth popping in but it’s not really great enough to earn the 120 mile round trip we made.

On our way home we stopped off at a garden centre and tearooms right next to Loch Fyne. On the slopes of a hill behind the centre is, rather randomly, a tree house with a little picnic area for people to use as they wish so before we went to the cafe we headed up the hill to let the children explore. The views were absolutely stunning, I really do love this area of Scotland, I just wish my photography skills could do the beauty justice.

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The tree house was awesome, whoever built it was brilliant!

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Nibsy really enjoys being outside. He loves play parks but he’s equally happy to wonder around woods, picking up sticks for pretend sword fights and spotting birds in their nests. It’s lovely to see him appreciate nature, we’re heading off next Saturday to stay with Nana and Grandad who live in a very rural area, I think Nibsy is going to have a fab time.

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