There was plenty of new nature-type things to photograph, which made me realise how little there has been over the past few months:
|Blue sky, in case you were wondering. Well, it has been a while.|
|King Alfred's Cakes|
|View of the sunlit lane from our house|
We had 14mm of rain here last night. My Resident Weather Expert tells me we're now up to 199mm for the current monthly total- far wetter than January should be. The ground is saturated, with soggy puddles pooling in the garden (and that's the first time I can recall that ever happening here) and the stream out front is now running across our drive and baptising the lane.
As a result of this deluge (and there is more to come this week- groan), the plants were all wearing their rain drops very prettily this morning. I was fascinated with the upside down reflections of the twigs and trees in them...
Ted and Pops continue well. They are my shadows when I'm at home and are never far away. We've been attempting 'Poppy Training' which is hit and miss to be honest. She's perfect if she knows there's food in the offing but hopeless if there isn't. Yesterday I took them both out round the woods with Mrs M and her two dogs. Pops is the smallest of the four dogs and was up to her elbows in mud but she persevered and had a great time. She did look like a small brown drowned rat afterwards and fell asleep in front of the fire for two hours!
L is struggling to get out of bed in the morning, is eating like there is no tomorrow, and is pretty grumpy. I'm thinking he's having a growth spurt, plus they work them pretty hard at school. Luckily it's only three weeks till half term now because I think he needs a rest.
I was wondering, does anyone else think we ask an awful lot of our children these days? They are constantly bombarded with noise and information, not to mention homework (which L was getting when he was 5!), and regularly have tests and exams which are not always good for self-esteem. I sometimes wonder what the long term effects of all of this pressure will be. I think I must be an old fashioned mother in some ways because I don't think they should get homework during the holidays and I also think evenings should be about relaxing, not homework, particularly when they've been working flat out at school all day.
I also think schools haven't got the approach right for boys' education yet- they learn differently to girls and the resistance with boys and homework is massive in comparison, to the point where it becomes a battle and a very negative experience for all concerned. No matter how many times I say to L he needs to plan his work and not leave it till the eleventh hour, every weekend is the same: a bit of homework is discovered that has been 'over looked,' usually at ten pm on Sunday when it's due in the next day, or (as happened this week) it suddenly appears at 8am on Monday when we've got 5 minutes before we need to leave. Arghhhh! I know I'm not the only one who experiences this and I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, especially if you have school-age children or you are a teacher.
I was interested in the report that came out yesterday from the Office Of National Statistics marking a sharp increase in the number of 20-25 year olds still living at home with their parents. I'm sure the recession and the ridiculous house prices we have in this country are responsible, but what really piqued my interest was that there are far more boys than girls in this age group still at home. Our experiences here are that J has been capable of organising herself for years, whereas the boys would forget their own heads if they weren't attached to their bodies. F even turned up for a weekend here last week carrying a suitcase with no clothes in it!
Is that representative I wonder? I'd lay money that it is!
I'll leave you with a nice pic of those two doggy people snuggled up by the fire on their blanket. Remember the days when Poppy wasn't even allowed to set a paw on it? Best Friends And Inseparable Now....
Hope your week is going well. We're off to see the Hand Specialist tomorrow....