Friday at Big School


Friday lunchtime was the little ones first exposure to ‘Big School’. They dressed for the part in their new school uniforms and Sindy and I accompanied them on this epic trial. We were greeted by the head mistress and an assortment of teachers, parents, children and P.T.F.A. members. The luncheon was yummy and Thor ate large volumes of crisps, sandwiches, biscuits and cakes, as we all did. I ate six sausage rolls and a ham sandwich. Caleb kept going back for yet another cup cake! Everyone that I spoke to seemed extremely pleasant. But I imagined that would be the case.

Friday evening was soon upon us and a good friend ‘ Elisabeth’ arrived to stay over a couple of nights. It was lovely to see her. We dined at the Michelin star’d ‘Harrow’ restaurant at Little Bedwyn. Great food and great company.

We’ve had a brilliant weekend thus far. Relatively few meltdowns, though no iPad privileges so far – so, they’ve all had their moments obviously. We lunched out in Hungerford yesterday. Went crazy at the reclamation yard and crammed in a local Manor House with its very own Roman Mosaics.

Back home to a play in the puddle. Children will be children. Not sure what happened to the speed of the video I thought I would add it anyhow.


Last night finished with a good amount of wine (Thank you Elisabeth) and a ‘Red Shrimp Thermidor’, buttered garlic green beans and ‘Dadda’s fried, torn potatoes.

Dadda’s Jam got a look-in today – just finishing off a batch of Apricot Jelly. I am about to jar and sterilise these golden sparkles for inclusion on Dadda’s Stall this year at the children’s summer fete!

Just the crew here now as Elisabeth had a Polo match to attend and we are set to meet our neighbours for a barbecue this afternoon. Weather not looking too great sadly. John presently picking up dog poo in preparation for mowing the lawn. Happy Days Eh!

Our Week so Far

So far this week has flown by. Sunday’s mayhem and frolics behind us. The little ones have been pretty orderly thus far. It’s amazing what the promise of screen time can do to focus our crew. John and I implemented no screen time before midday at the weekend, so that has asserted that we are the ones in control. And on weekdays, Thor and Aaliyah know that they have to wait until Amritsar and Tara are back from school and settled before ‘an hour’ prior to dinner. This seems to be working well.

No incidents to report, rather good news on the potty front. Caleb has been full on potty training since Saturday. Of course there have been a couple of mistakes, but we are persevering. He has to be dry before September and the onslaught of ‘Big School’. He has asked to be back in a nappy after his mistakes, but we have kept to the program. And I know that he is committed to make this happen, just as we are!

Caleb’s new hair do has certainly made him look more grown up – less chaotic. And this is good, as he has to fit in both at home and later on at school. Daddy is still giving him more ‘lappy time’ than is good for him, but is aware that this has to be limited in these coming months to prepare him for the transition to reception year at school. Tomorrow at midday, Sindy and I are going to the ‘Reception Year’ lunch at the school to meet the fellow parents of this years influx. Hoping that goes well. It will be good to see how our little ones mingle with their new classmates. Well, that’s all for now.

Thank You to an Old Friend Malcolm

Today was such a fun and crazy day. Most of it spent in the garden baking at 170 degrees centigrade. So much to fill you in on really. But now, late in the day, the children asleep and I am sat here after that obligatory glass of wine. I thank a dear friend, Malcolm Young for today’s photograph. It doesn’t exactly describe the way that I feel, but yet I do so admire the reality of the title! I am sure that it was a great read when it was in print, but yesterday’s reality check, for me is certainly today’s irony!!! Can I say when this picture was posted, ‘ I almost wet myself’?