Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge was published in 1841 and was Charles Dickens’ first historical novel. It is his least read book, which surprised me as the story is very interesting. It is based on a real historical event and includes a murder mystery, a talking raven, two romantic dramas, as well as being a social commentary on … Continue reading Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Monday Musings on Easter and the Ukraine

We've been reading through C.S. Lewis's book Preparing for Easter since the beginning of March and just finished it yesterday. ‘What are we to make of Christ?’ There is no question of what we can make of Him, it is entirely a question of what He intends to make of us. You must accept or … Continue reading Monday Musings on Easter and the Ukraine

On the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Early last week my daughter, Miss 17 and her friend Miss 15 decided they'd each write a poem about the same topic. And then Russia invaded the Ukraine and that became their theme. Miss 15's Poem The ambers blow an Autumn windThat whispers of Wintry changeThe inevitable repetition of usFour seasons ago the sameSomething stirs … Continue reading On the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine

They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie (1951)

‘Outside in Bank Street it was sunny and full of swirling dust and the noises were terrific and varied. There was the persistent honking of motor horns, the cries of vendors of various wares. There were hot disputes between small groups of people who seemed ready to murder each other but were really fast friends; … Continue reading They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie (1951)

Ambleside Online Year 12 in Australia

Year 12 has looked different every time we've done it. These are my initial, to be updated, plans for this year for my daughter who's just turned 17 using some selections from Ambleside Online (those are marked with an *) and adding other material I'd like her to cover. We're going into Week 3 as … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 12 in Australia