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We decided a year ago to move our eldest boy - part-way through Year 9 at the time - to a school further away from home as we were not happy at the way his school were handling bullying issues.  The council were extremely helpful, as were the new school and the move was all sorted within 3 to 4 weeks.  On what was supposed to be his penultimate day at his old school, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, so had to start at his new school after half term whilst just getting used to self-injecting 4 times a day.

 

I must admit, I was very dubious about moving him to a new school, but I have to say it was the best thing we could have done.  The school he is at now is so much better than the old one in so many ways.  The staff are excellent - not just the teachers, but the admin people who keep an eye on our boy's visits to the medical room to check his blood sugar.  Best of all, the standard of his school work and his attitude towards it has changed more than I would have believed possible.

 

Our younger boy started at the same school last month and is well settled already, again with a much improved attitude to homework (a major, major issue in his final year at Primary School!). 

 

Although we've lost the benefit of the free school bus which was available to the old (closer) school, I can drop the boys off on my way to the office and Mrs MFJ picks them up in the afternoon.  Things have worked out far better than we could have expected.

 

We most definitely wanted Lady L junior to move schools, which is about 5 minutes' walk from our house, our issue was more the way the whole thing was handled by the powers that be. As for the little lass herself, she was in floods of tears last Friday as her old class gave her a really good send off with a scrapbook of drawings and photos they'd done. We're thinking of maybe engineering a meet up with some of her old friends during half term but I imagine as time goes by staying in touch with them will become less of a concern. She's a very outgoing kid and I imagine will make friends quickly at the new place. As the teachers claimed, at her age the kids tend to be more curious about than aggressive towards new starters.

 

The concern, if any, is more how she handles the culture change. Although these are both state primary schools, the new place has houses, she wears a tie and it is noticeably less ethnically mixed. At the old school the dominant groupings were Turkish, eastern European and Balkan. Lady L junior still has her father's Balkan surname, although we are in the process of trying to get this changed.   

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I'm amazed to realise that it's a whole week since we got back from holiday (an escorted coach trip to Tarragona and Barcelona), and jumped right into 'harvesting' giant courgettes, french and runner beans, and bullace that had all flourished in our absence, a then getting them variously pickled, frozen and made into jam.

In the same time I had to fit in a final practice for, and performance of our U3A choir's annual concert.

Here we are singing one of our current favourites - the one we sang for my son's wedding back in June. We're not wonderful, but our audience enjoyed the evening, and so did we.

(forgive the spelling mistakes in the title, it wasn't me)

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I liked it Meg, very effective the dramatic pause at the end of the song.  Looks like you all enjoy what you're doing.  :)

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I liked it Meg, very effective the dramatic pause at the end of the song.  Looks like you all enjoy what you're doing.  :)

As you say momac it's the enjoyment of meg et al that comes over so well. Good stuff!

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I'm going out for the day tomorrow (my annual jaunt to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally), and will also be out for most of Saturday, so decided to have a big cooking session today so that there will be plenty of food that will  just need warming up by Mr meg when he gets hungry.

 

I had just put two big trays of vegetables in the oven to roast, and a quiche (pre-cooked  supermarket variety that needs crisping up a bit to make it edible), had a big casserole prepped to go into the oven once the veg were roasted, plus a big potato for Mr meg's lunch, skewered and ready to pop in at the same time as the casserole and, having got that lot out of the way, had put a bowl of porridge in the microwave for a late breakfast - when the lights, the radio, the microwave and the oven all went off! :banghead:

 

I quick visit to the neighbours established that it wasn't an in-house problem, and a 'phone call to the emergency power line revealed that it was a fairly major problem affecting 9 post-code areas. :yikes:

 

Eventually, four hours later, power was restored. Luckily that quiche wasn't a home-made one with raw custard sitting there soaking into the pastry for four hours, and the casserole was vegetarian, so there was no food poisoning risk from half-cooked meat to cause problems later.

 

I had the porridge, with added fruit, as dessert this evening.

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What a disappointment Meg to go to all that trouble and have your plans sidetracked.  :(

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More of an irritation than a disappointment, momac. Luckily none of it was the kind of food that would be made totally inedible by a four hour break in cooking.

It's a good job there wasn't a power cut when i was baking the cakes for Younger Son's wedding! phew.gif

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Just a quick thank you from me to everyone who sent kind comments and  good wishes to Ting and I. It is been wonderful to actually have her right here and today such a joy to be able to take her to good well stocked bookshops and let her run wild. :yup:

 

My sympathy, meg, for such an electrical let down when you were so well organised and just after coming home from holiday. I'm glad nothing was actually ruined and hope that  the show has more than made up for the annoyance..

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Here in Sussex, we seem to get a ridiculous number of power cuts (ridiculous, on the basis that we are only 30-odd miles from the centre of London).  I was only thinking a few days ago that it's got much better recently, and (inevitably) we had one yesterday evening.  It lasted all of 5 seconds.

 

We had a BT Broadband outage a week ago and I rang the number to listen to the list of areas suffering from problems.  I was fascinated to hear how many parts of the country (including Aberdeen, 9 dialling codes in the Manchester area, and many others) were listed as having problems.  Our area was not mentioned, however.

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The shower cut out on me this morning. again.  Naturally I was soapy all over.  Fortunately we have constant hot water and I'm standing in a bath and it came on again a few minutes later.  No idea what caused it but I'm sure that nobody is going to get it fixed until it happens to someone else in the house.  My father was in immediately after me and was fine!

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The shower cut out on me this morning. again.  Naturally I was soapy all over.  Fortunately we have constant hot water and I'm standing in a bath and it came on again a few minutes later.  No idea what caused it but I'm sure that nobody is going to get it fixed until it happens to someone else in the house.  My father was in immediately after me and was fine!

 

Luna, your post reminded me of a couple of incidents which happened to me when hubby and I visited the UK.  The first one was at a B&B in St. Annes in Lancashire.  We had just driven in from Manchester airport which was a bit of a nightmare itself as h. had never driven on the other side of the road before and when we picked up the rental car we had no idea where we were and how to get to St. Annes, near where I used to live.  Anyway, a shower was the first thing on the agenda when we got settled at the B&B - h went first and then me and by the time I got to the shower the available hot water from the tiny holding tank was nil, so had a cold shower which was not pleasant.  The other time was when we were in Glasgow visiting an elderly aunt in 2002 and her shower set up was not immediately obvious to me.  By the time I realized I had no idea how to operate it I was standing in the bathtub sans clothes, trying various faucets etc. and no way to get help from my aunt who was downstairs.  So I had a 'stand up' bath, again with no hot water.  I'm sure it was something really simple but just not to me.   :help:  

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Luna, your post reminded me of a couple of incidents which happened to me when hubby and I visited the UK.  The first one was at a B&B in St. Annes in Lancashire.  We had just driven in from Manchester airport which was a bit of a nightmare itself as h. had never driven on the other side of the road before and when we picked up the rental car we had no idea where we were and how to get to St. Annes, near where I used to live.  Anyway, a shower was the first thing on the agenda when we got settled at the B&B - h went first and then me and by the time I got to the shower the available hot water from the tiny holding tank was nil, so had a cold shower which was not pleasant.  The other time was when we were in Glasgow visiting an elderly aunt in 2002 and her shower set up was not immediately obvious to me.  By the time I realized I had no idea how to operate it I was standing in the bathtub sans clothes, trying various faucets etc. and no way to get help from my aunt who was downstairs.  So I had a 'stand up' bath, again with no hot water.  I'm sure it was something really simple but just not to me.   :help:

 

Oh dear, Momac, I don't think I'd cope with cold water as well. I do realise how lucky we are having access to permanent hot water, we have only had access to since December last year - I still can't get over washing my hands in warm water any time I like! - I don't think I'd cope with cold water as well.

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I think as I got older I became more of a sissy - there were a lot of things in austerity Britain which were a lot more inconvenient and annoying than cold water.  :)

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The  Knitting & Stitching Show is always crowded on the Friday, as it's the day the colleges bring(send?) students along - and nowadays there are also groups of sixth-formers to add to the melee.

It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't go around mob-handed, so that no-one can get near any stall they are looking at. There was a stall selling filets made of dried flowers (or at least I presume they were, there were dozens of girls standing around trying the things on their heads and admiring each other ), they may have had other things to sell, I never got to see them.

It wasn't just the students. 'though, it was just generally chock-a-block, and  there were plenty of other stalls i didn't get near.

Still, it probably stopped me spending money on stuff I don't need or won't use.

I did buy a few balls of wool, and  some circular needles.

Plus Christmas presents for the daughters-in-law - always good to get that out of the way!

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Unexpected visitors this weekend - but very welcomed ones I might add.  They wanted to see the Blackpool illuminations.  One of the couple had never been.  We chose last night as the weather promised to be reasonable and we thought it might not be quite so crowded.  It was still very busy, but I've seen it worse and the weather was a balmy 12c, althouigh the stiff breeze off the sea made it feel a little less warm at times.  Although we live so close we rarely go and this must be only my 3rd visit in 20 years.  Have to admit they did look quite good this year.  Particularly impressed with the white lights strung across the area in front of the Tower building - all white and fairy-like - but each section was interesting and different.  They even had some of the old trams running with the traditional lights on their sides.  Altogether a pleasant evening.

 

I think we might hit the shops today!

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Wish I could be there to see the Iluminations - was probably my favourite time of the year in Blackpool with the prom all lit up.  

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I bought a Christmas bauble in John Lewis today.  It's ten and a half weeks until Christmas.  I feel ashamed of myself. :help:

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I bought a Christmas bauble in John Lewis today.  It's ten and a half weeks until Christmas.  I feel ashamed of myself. :help:

 

Just put it on display and you can enjoy it for a couple of extra months.  :)

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I bought a Christmas bauble in John Lewis today.  It's ten and a half weeks until Christmas.  I feel ashamed of myself. :help:

 Patting you on the back, Jen,  for actually starting to get organised - I'll be looking for baubles at last minute when I rediscover how many were broken last year.

 

Just put it on display and you can enjoy it for a couple of extra months.   :)

That is great suggestion, once Christmas Eve arrives the festive days  seems to fly past .  Must admit I leave packing up to last minute as well and have been known to go way past Twelfth Night.

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Just put it on display and you can enjoy it for a couple of extra months.   :)

 

 

 Patting you on the back, Jen,  for actually starting to get organised - I'll be looking for baubles at last minute when I rediscover how many were broken last year.

 

Positive thinking, that's what I like!  I did have it hanging on a hook in the living room yesterday as it's so pretty but have put it away now.  I've been inspired to knit a few too, a good reason to order a new book!

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The  Knitting & Stitching Show is always crowded on the Friday, as it's the day the colleges bring(send?) students along - and nowadays there are also groups of sixth-formers to add to the melee.

It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't go around mob-handed, so that no-one can get near any stall they are looking at. There was a stall selling filets made of dried flowers (or at least I presume they were, there were dozens of girls standing around trying the things on their heads and admiring each other ), they may have had other things to sell, I never got to see them.

It wasn't just the students. 'though, it was just generally chock-a-block, and  there were plenty of other stalls i didn't get near.

Still, it probably stopped me spending money on stuff I don't need or won't use.

I did buy a few balls of wool, and  some circular needles.

 

Aspiring crochet and stitching fan Lady L visited on Saturday and would be interested in your comments, meg, since she complained she couldn't get near some of the stalls because they were surrounded by older ladies...

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Aspiring crochet and stitching fan Lady L visited on Saturday and would be interested in your comments, meg, since she complained she couldn't get near some of the stalls because they were surrounded by older ladies...

Well yes. there were quite a few of us as well. - and more people in wheelchairs than ever before.

A part from the general overcrowdedness the main problem is that people go around in groups, and even if there's only two people standing waiting while a third is looking/buying it stops others getting near the exhibits and stalls.

I hear that Thursday and Sunday are quieter, but I have to go when the coach compny runs a trip.

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