By Jupiter!

I saw Jupiter through a telescope today with its cloud and four moons and everything then saw a shiny thing in the sky with my naked eye and asked the nice young man where Jupiter was in relation to that star…….doh. That is what happens when you get to places a bit late and miss the briefing!

I’ve boggled my brain thinking about billions of light years and dark energy expanding the universe and just wish I had more headspace and time to understand the information about life, the universe and everything explained in equations on posters in the lift of the physics building. The view of Oxford from the top of the building where the telescope is was breathtaking on such a clear and freezing night which was an unexpected treat.

In more domestic issues today there has been some tv-inspired sewing, some Winter Sling Thing sewing, some mini envelope making and a lot of cutting up paper.

There was a short little film on CBBC about a girl who wants to sew clothes but as she doesn’t have any fabric she draws patterns for outfits then colours them and decorates them and sticks them on her dollies. She wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up and have famous people wear her designs.

My first thought was: why has no-one told this girl about re-fashioning? She could make real clothes for her dollies and herself if she cut up things that didn’t fit her any more. Then I thought that I hoped she did follow her dream and not have someone stamp all over it and tell her she needs A Levels and a degree to get anywhere in life.

Then Miss Froo started drawing on a piece of paper and asked me to cut some fleece (we have a lot of it lying about) because this was the pattern for a dolly waistcoat.

Here it is

cutting two front pieces; the back will be cut on the fold

fronts pinned to back and mummy’s improvised shoulder seams pinned

Modelled by baby born who wees if you manage to get water in her mouth then hold her just right.

All done in about 5 minutes because I had the sewing machine out and threaded doing my own sewing. If only I could replicate my influence and that of the media in a different context by standing in the kitchen with the children listening to a programme on the radio about keeping the kitchen floor clear of trip hazards.

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