I hope you're all well this morning on yet another sunshiny day. It's all quiet here on the Western Front. Have you heard that phrase before, "All quiet on the Western Front"? It's an idiom, like we learned about in Exercise Your English last week. It comes from the trenches of World War I. The Front was a 650km stretch of land that stretched through France and Belgium and it was where most of the heavy battles took place. When the heads of the army would send communication through to the soldiers at the trenches to see what was happening, if it was quiet and nothing was happening then the soldiers would report back "It's all quiet on the Western Front".
Well, that's what it's like here at my house this morning. The animals seem to have declared a truce, Indie is sprawled on a blanket in the back garden enjoying the sun, Pip is pottering around looking for food as she always does, Lola is hiding away somewhere sleeping and Ruben has gone for a wander, probably to beg one of the neighbours for some ham and belly rubs.
It's so quiet this morning that even the birds braved our back garden. Now, with three cats and a dog who sometimes thinks she's a cat any bird brave enough to come near our garden is always welcome. So when I opened the door this morning, this is what greeted me. Can you see them? Three little birds sitting on the fence deep in discussion. I think they were deciding who would take which cat! Lola looks likes the easiest target but in fact looks can be deceiving and I think she would be pretty swift at reacting, Ruben is a born hunter so no bird really stands a chance against him (he's been known to catch a bird even with his collar and bell on!) and then there's Pip...Poor Pip likes to think she knows how to stalk a bird, but the part of her that thinks she's a dog sometimes lets her down, and the birds take advantage of this, they swoop down into the garden, tease her and then swoop back out. The birds were lucky this morning, that my Lazy Lot had just had breakfast and couldn't have been bothered making an effort with them. If they come back at lunchtime it could be another story!
Anyway, the sight of the three birds made me think straight away of a lovely song called "Three Little Birds". It's by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Bob Marley was a singer from Jamaica and he was known for his reggae music. Reggae is a particular style of music that started in Jamaica in the late 1960s, it has its own style and sound and it can be really catchy and fun to listen to. Here is the song "Three Little Birds", even the video is fun to watch. You can't help but sing along as you listen.
One of the things I included on today's Aladdin work was a sheet called "My Day". I would love you to pick any day this week, or even from last weekend and just fill in the sheet (or make your own sheet like it) and send it back to me. I love to hear what you are up to and how you are doing. I'm attaching a link to the sheet again in case you couldn't get it through Aladdin.
Keep in touch Rang a Cúig, it feels like ages since we saw each other but I am so happy to hear that you are all working as best you can and doing the best you can in this strange situation. Hopefully it is getting better for you now that you can meet your friends and catch up with them. I look forward to seeing you all at some stage but in the meantime, we'll keep connecting through this blog and through your emails and messages.
Don't forget to have a look at the Extra Activities page of the website. If you scroll down a little you'll see a really fun Five Sense Scavenger Hunt that you could do with your family or with your friends. Just remember to keep your social distancing going, it's really easy to forget but try as best you can.
Have a good day Rang a Cúig, and see if you can spot Three Little Birds when you are out and about. Remember what they are telling you - "Don't worry about a thing, 'cos every little thing's gonna be alright."
Take Care and Stay Safe,
And Remember...Be Kind to One Another,