Sunday, 16 October 2016

Trampolining with a Twist

Oxygen free trampolining is something new that came across in Manchester and we took all our children. All of them had a fabulous time, coaches were brilliant too. Munnu is trying to develop his skills and working up to some pretty impressive tricks along with expert guidance. There are of course several trampolines just to let loose and play on, plus designated zones for volleyball and dodge ball.

It is great activity that pleases all of them including little Geo and Johny

Vidhya and vibha too joined in the trampoling

Thursday, 13 October 2016


Its Autumn is here, days are getting shorter and time is exciting with vivid array of colours. Maple leaves changing to red and orange, birch leaves started fading to brown. So we were out with children collecting autumn leaves, conkers and acorns. Colours are so bright and it is hard to believe that it leads us into starkness which is winter.The joy of this season can pass by very easily, whether we enjoy or not.
I really love this season of the year where the nature make many provisions in adapting to approaching winter , the beautiful nature always points me to the God who created everything in order. I really like the different colours of autumn, trees, harvest and lots of berries to be picked erly autumn and the apples in the orchard. Many things that the children can do along with autumn.

We may  stuck with many loss and the leaves falling. However the truth is that everything comes to an end. Since winter can become spring and our darkest moments also pass.

'Autumn is a second spring every leaf is a flower'

This time of the year we are thinking to do so many things like researching about autumn saints, harvest, fruits and vegetables, why leaves changing colors, hibernation, migration, festivals, arts and so on..

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Children were doing autumn craft with leaves collected, by dipping it in paraffin wax especially Theresu liked it.

Both Mundackal and Joby families are doing autumn season and children brought wonderful visual aids to show each other what they have learnt about this wonderful season. Some of them did fox masks, badger, autumn saints,harvest, trees, migration, hibernation, squirels, autumn poems including acrostic poems and so on. Some of the autumn leaves, conkers and cones were displayed. One of tthe story children were reading this season was ' Danny the Champion' by Roald Dahl, as part of his 100th Centennary which falls on 13th Sept.

Theresu's autumn tree with falling leaves.

Her autumn saints were her own name saint St Therese and St Francis of Assisi.

Benny's badger 

Along with Thomas family, we went for a nature walk and bike riding, collected some autumn leaves and so great to c all the apples hanging in the cemetry.


Monday, 10 October 2016

Installation Of New Bishop

Taking part in Episcopal ordination of new bishop of GB was an amazing experience, wonderfu ceremony. Children also enjoyed taking part though it was a bit long and cold in the podium. So many honored guests and people from all over Britain was there.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Our lady of Rosary

It was the feast of Our Lady of Rosary  on Oct 7th which is also known as Our lady of Victory,  remembering the decisive victory  of Christian fleet in 1571  at the battle of Lepanto over Turks by the power of Rosary.

Pope Pius attributed the victory through the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe to fight against the enemies. Crew members on more than 200 ships prayed the Rosary in preparation for the battle - as did Christians throughout Europe, encouraged by the Pope to gather in their churches to invoke the Virgin Mary against the daunting Turkish forces.

There is an oldest known  Marian prayer known as Sub Tuum Praesidium and it is the oldest tradition of Catholics to fly unto the  patronage and protection of Blessed Mother in times of trouble.


      Sub tuum praesidium

Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis
libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta

We fly to Thy protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.

Children made some edible rosary cookies  at home and decorated in the form of rosary and said a short prayer before dad leaves home in the evening

Our Lady Of Rosary Ora Pro Nobis

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Feast of Archangels

Today we celebrate the feast of St Michael, the archangel also known as Michaelmas along with Gabriel and Raphael, the Holy helpers. The end of harvesting came in Sept and coincided with the feast of St Michael and it is considered as a special thanksgiving day for all the fruits of the land produced during the year. Name Michaelmas came from Michael's mass like  Christmas (Christ's Mass) and Candlemas where traditionally the candles for all year is blessed. It is also the time of fishing season ended, hunting season begins and apples are harvested.

In 'A book of feast and seasons' by Joanna Bogle' explains a lot of traditions followed in Europe,You have blackberries around, it is the last chance to bottle and can preserve for the winter, as it says' devil spat on them when he was cast out of heaven to hell on Michaelmas and get bitter.Worth trying some brambles around your fence or outside..

So many things you can do as a family, even  if  you have somebody or not in your  house with a name saint Michael.We have a small tradition of giving small gifts on the feast day and I got something for Munnu to make ..

Michaelmas was vanished since reformation and taken over by goose fairs and a number of places in England is still having 'goose fairs'at the end of September, although these days geese are not sold However you can prepare Michaelmas meal with roast chicken stuffed with chopped raw apple before cooking. You could put on the table anything the family has grown during the year; a pot of marigolds, some tomatoes or potatoes and before your meal you can give thanks for all the food that people has grown for this summer.

Why not sing a harvest thanksgiving hymn before the meal? The 19th century favourite of which the first verse goes like this

Or you can make a harvest bread or buy a harvest season bread which is getting increasingly popular and use this special thanksgiving prayer according to Joanna Bogle who is a Catholic journalist.

 Back of the bread is the flour
Back of the flour is the mill
Back of the mill is the wind and the rain
And the father's will

As the above author says, Michaelmas is the time when v can seriously think about our attitude to natural resources which we have dominion, examine our consciences to putting litter, parking cars at beauty spots etc. You can even think of donating some food for food banks or feed a hungry especially in this Year of Mercy..

 Michaelmas meal  can be end up by saying the prayer to St Michael to implore the Archangel' s protection for us all;

Holy Michael the Archangel,....

Michaelmas daisies bloom this time of year which is lovely tall purple daisies that can be collected with children for your Michaelmas table and make it a memorable day for your family. Previous posts on holy helpers found here and other blogs with wealth of information for this special day

St Michael, Raphael and Gabriel Ora pro nobis.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Learning color tones

I had an opportunity to attend a drawing and painting lesson, in which first lesson was all about tones. Just thought of help children with color tones also.

Black color was used to make different tones and it was wonderful opportunity to me how other people are enjoyed in doing drawing and painting, amazed at old and young.Reached home and got the idea to do the tone with children. As a family, everyone started drawing their own favourite pictures and used different colors to make tones. This helped me to open my eyes and look at pictures in a bit more wider perspective.

Since it was the feast of St Pio, I drew a picture of him and we read a book of him from cts.

Exploring the woods

Good day to explore and just went to see our friends, Following that , everyone was in a mood to go to woods and Alderley edge wood is great for children to enjoy and do something in every pit with something unique like climbing, hiding, making den and so on.

It was a great day

About Me

Manchester, United Kingdom
A catholic mum with four wonderful children and my wonderful husband. My interests includes my family, faith,home education.Would love to do n enjoy Craft and arts,baking, journaling and reading when I get time,celebrates liturgical feasts in the family, likes Charlotte Mason philosophy, passionate about nature study, Montessori fan.To keep innocence, I would like to keep Annu as the eldest, Munnu and Theresu. Likes to read on parenting, lousy housekeeper,would love to work for the kingdom of God.