End of the week, but the weather has just taken a turn for the worse.
Alice back to school this week, although she seems unhappy already! We knew
that her teacher for this year was quite strict, which we think will be good for
Alice in the long term but might cause friction in the short term, but
we'll have to wait and see whether that's the only problem.
Currently she's complaining that some of the boys in her class laugh at her
because she trips over a lot (she is rather clumsy and has very small feet for
her age), and are calling her "stupid". Plus, she has been talking to Jacqueline
a little about Barney. Things like "I want to go to heaven because then I can
see Barney again". I mean, I'm sure that it is unwise to read too much into
these rather black things, given that she is only six, but it is patently
obvious that she's not a happy bunny at the moment. We'll have to do something
to try to cheer her up at the weekend - we could always visit Paultons, or if
the weather looks particularly horrible we have some tickets somewhere to get us
into Wookey Hollow caves.
Not a lot else been happening. Just work, really. We talked about going away
for a cheapie holiday over half term - a cottage in Brittany for the week would
have been nice - but the cost of channel crossings are prohibitively expensive
just for a quick jaunt, now that Brittany Ferries own the monopoly. We were
looking at a week away costing upwards of £550, with over half of that being the
crossing itself. Unfortunately at the present time, that kind of money doesn't
constitute "cheap" in my book. So I think we'll just give it a miss. In any
case, I think Alice's idea of fun would be to play with next door's kids all
week. We'll see...