Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Noisy Neighbours & First Day

I'd thought I'd heard rustling down in the valley - but had ignored it.

The following day I heard it again and peered over our new gate, to find a little band of bullocks investigating their new found freedom. 

Him Next Door and J spent the evening herding them back to their field, whilst the neighbour made good the escape route they'd created in the fence.

The bullocks made quite a mess of our path down to the bottom of the valley, but Her and Him Next Door have been trying to rectify that... it'll take time. 

You can just see our open gate at the top.
A momentous event has happened today too. My baby has gone to secondary school - her first day. It's been an intense six week holiday; busy, active, a balancing act. Now we can get back to the routine of a new school day.  She leaves home early to catch the bus at 7:40am and won't be home 'till 4ish.  We offered to cut down her travelling time by dropping her off at our nearest village, but she wants to go under her own steam on the bus.  The school itself is in Crymych, some 13.5 single track, bendy miles away.

She was so excited this morning, eager to go.  It's great the time they spend now to establish a connection with their secondary school and some of the staff well before the big day itself, orientation days really.  It must make the first day so much less intimidating for them (a far cry from when I went to secondary school - which I know was last century).  What's worrying me the most is the 1 to 1.5 hours homework promised a night.  How will we fit it in with all her after school activities?  And its very important to leave time for a bit of fun too.

Ready for big school.


Rob-bear said...

Shw mae.

Looking good, your young miss! Do hope things go well at her new school.

Ah, yes; high school in the last century. A suddenly-aging turn of phrase. "Thanks." :((

Trust you recover from the "livestock invasion." A livestock invasion here wold be mice; they would be even less welcome that your cattle-visitors.

Midlife Singlemum said...

Wishing you all a successful school year xxx

Maggie Christie said...

What naughty moos. At least they didn't come through the gate. When we lived in Worcestershire a herd of dairy cows wandered into our garden, made a huge mess and one sat on and dented the boot of my sister's Mini as it left. The perils of rural life!

Good luck to G11 at secondary school - H10 can't wait to join her!

Chris Stovell said...

We've had some interesting visitors since living in Wales:sheep, cows, other people's chickens - we certainly didn't get that in Surrey, just other people's litter!

It sounds as if secondary school will be a great success - well done to G11 for making her own way there and back! I can remember how it felt when it was my daughters standing there in their new uniform... and now the eldest is about to get married!

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