Archive of ‘Uncategorized’ category

Grade 9 Cooking


Near the end of grade 9, the other students in my grade and myself worked together to prepare lunch for the rest of the school. Above is one of many photos I took during the preparation and shows the large amount of rhubarb we harvested from the garden and cut to make strawberry-rhubarb crumble for dessert.

English Poem


I am as unnoticeable as someone shouting into a bullhorn in a silent room,

I cloud your vision and your judgement,

I lie awake at night and force you to stay up with me,

I sit, gnawing at the back of your mind,

I consume your every thought and demand your attention,

I am jealousy

Inquiry Project 2 – Update 3

As I have mentioned in past blog posts, for my inquiry I have joined up with Celina to expand upon the utopian society project given in IHub Reads. We wanted to take the original project provided and go more in depth with the questions in the criteria and create our own to answer as well. We are also finding comparisons from history, media and literature to put side by side with our own utopia. We planned on making a model of the design of our utopia as well on Minecraft to show everyone how we envision it would look. Near the beginning of the project, we faced difficulties with being able to connect to minecraft in the same world and make the utopia we desired. We spent the afternoon searching for answers online and in the end came up empty handed, however, Harry was nearby and controls a server everyone uses for pleasure in their free time and at lunch, and offered to set aside some space for us to create it in, thus fixing our problems. We were also worried we might not find adequate comparisons, however after doing research we have found plenty of different examples to use. The only other problem we could imagine is if a computer were to malfunction, making it very difficult to finish, however we have saved our work in dropbox and are using Google docs which is accessible from any computer, thereby eliminating those risks. We have started and passed the half-way mark in many of the areas our project focuses on, and only need to finalize small details on the ideas we have made and finally put a presentation together which we plan to do in the two days we have after the break because everything should be finished by then. We are in my opinion quite close to completing the written work, and Celina and I are going to finish the model over spring break.

Socials “Life in the 16th Century” Diary

June 10th, 1571

Diary Entry 92

        It was an eventful day today at the tavern. Some fool leaned his elbow on one of the boards, and the entire set up toppled over. Food and drink were wasted, tablecloths were ruined and so was a good profit. I only wish I could afford tables so this wouldn’t happen so often however he should have known better seeing as there are rarely ever tables for dining. I am only grateful there weren’t any fine candles set out and that I had been saving them for guests of importance should they come. Joan interrupted me with something of unimportance which I do not remember however I was glad she came as she helped organize the mess which had been made.

Someone asked for salt today henceforth I made a good profit off of that as salt is quite valuable.  Strawberries are in season therefore we got as many as we could so we could turn a profit on them. They are only here for such a short time after all. Tomorrow we need to gather more vegetables, we are running low on stock as this week has been particularly busy. Onions, garlic, cloves and spices are a must for flavoring the dishes and taking away from the salty taste of the preserved meat. We just received more wine and I hope to sell it quickly before it spoils. It is harder to sell later once it has lost its fine flavor.

John failed to notice that we were low on oil for the lamps, I had to send William in a mad rush to fetch more before the costumers were unhappy with the poor lighting. Of course the lighting is never great in the evening however today it was worse than usual with the only light coming from the fire in the hearth. I was highly grateful when William made it back with the oil quite quickly. After all I couldn’t have people in a drunken stupor tripping in my tavern because they couldn’t see their own feet.

I have to go, I will need plenty of rest for tomorrow’s errands if I am to accomplish them all.

With dearest regards,

Thomas Langley


We chose to do a tavern keeper because the idea interested both of us very much. We did some research and after digging for quite a while found some useful information about life, food and drink and we put it into a diary. We also made sure to use an accurate name so we searched up common names in the 1500’s and found all the names used in the diary, and more. To finish, while editing it we tried to use as little modern language as possible and added in some words like “henceforth” which is no longer a part of common language.