EHE Letter

We finally got a letter from EHE to acknowledge that she had been taken out of school. It only took 8 weeks 🙂 They have said that they will be in touch shortly to offer a visit from an advisor. I know a lot of people don’t take the visits up but we are quite happy to try it at least once.

7 Weeks Today

Well it’s 7 weeks today since I handed in the de-reg letters and I haven’t murdered her yet :-).

We are almost back to normal with the work. We are following a semi structured approach as this seems to suit her better. I have done a timetable for this week, trying to stick to it is proving harder than I thought. We started this morning with maths and were doing a KS2 SATs practice paper.

I know she is well ahead with her maths anyway and expected it to be no problem. And, it wasn’t apart from finding out she had never done any work with calculating volume. So the next 2 hours which should have been history and art were spent teaching her about volume and pi.

One of the things I am finding most difficult is what work to give her. I already had some books, KS2 science and English and KS3 maths. Then I started searching online resources that were free. Next it was searching for more text books at the car boot sale. I’ve now got a nice mixture of things she can do. I do write out some maths problems for her and I also watch educational DVDs before she watches them so I can write down questions.

I will add a list of the current online resources I use in the next few days.

Not Going To Plan

The last week has been terrible. We are having to stay with the dog 24 hours a day so she doesn’t bite the stitches or the drains. Myself and my husband are taking it in turns staying up with her.

As you can imagine the home education has really suffered. I don’t think she has ever spent so much time watching videos and playing games. I am just too tired to sort out work and anyway I don’t think she would do the work properly anyway as she has been really upset by what has happened to the dog.

Hopefully next week will be better.

A Bad Day

Well today has already been one of those days I never want to go through again. I got a phone call from my husband around 7.15am to say he couldn’t find one of our dogs but he had heard a howl and thought she was badly hurt. I rushed upstairs to wake the children up so we could go out and look for her. Once they were ready, which took less than 10 minutes, we went to open the back gate into the woods and she came in. Unfortunately she had had a bad accident and the skin was missing on her left side. The patch was around 10″ x 18″. My husband is now at the vets with her and I’m writing this as I’m waiting for news.


She is out of surgery (2 & 3/4 hours) and we have to wait until 2.30 to speak to the vet again.


Just spoken to the vet and she is up and moving around and it’s looking hopeful that she can come home later. The vet will ring us at 5.30


My husband got back home half an hour ago. She is stitched around three quarters of her body with 6 drains in. She is on 2 lots of antibiotics and 2 lots of pain killers, I have never felt so sorry for an animal, she looks miserable.

The vet thinks it was probably caused by barbed wire. She must have run into it and not been able to stop. I just don’t want to think about that any more.

Owl Pellets

Yesterday Abbie took apart some owl pellets which were found when walking the dogs. Before she started she did some reading on the internet and soaked them in water for a while with a little disinfectant and wore latex gloves all the time she was handling the pellets.

She’d read that she was most likely to find bones, teeth, fur and feathers so she was quite excited to see if there was a skull. Unfortunately all she found was tiny pieces of bone and fur. Luckily she still found it interesting and wants to do more.

These are a couple of the photo’s she took.