Monday, 26 September 2005

While I have a minute...

Again, it has been a while since an entry.

Well, the weather is starting to become autumnal. Very much sunshine and showers throughout the weekend, and high winds forecast for this week. Still, just as well we don't live in the southern states of the US, otherwise we'd really have something to complain about.

Since the last time, Maisie is continuing to be "reborn", almost. Very affectionate. Alice still blows hot and cold regarding school.

Last weekend (a week ago) we went over to Ikea, and Bristol in general, on the Saturday. A long day but enjoyable. Infuriating at Ikea since I'd bought a long mirror, which fell out of the trolley and broke even before I got it to the car. Still, took it straight back but had to settle for a refund because they'd run out. Still... Nice walk around Bristol and avoided spending any money! Sunday, we went out for lunch locally, to a garden centre in Hyde, followed by a long walk in the forest. Lovely, warm weather. Plenty of photos.

This weekend was every bit as active! Saturday, I spent the day shredding the foliage which was still on the driveway from the cutting I did in the summer. Yes, I really am that lazy! Still, a hard day's work and the driveway is now clear. Far more success with this shredder than the one hired over the August bank holiday. As a reward, we went out to our local Indian restaurant Saturday evening, and had a real feast. Muscles were aching like mad yesterday - strange because I really didn't feel that I was exercising when I was shredding, although obviously my puny muscles disagreed!!

Yesterday, went over to Castle Point for breakfast - Sainsbury's gets worse every time we go there - and to do the weekly shop. Then, on directly to Kingston Lacy House , a National Trust property. Wonderful house and woodland gardens - even Alice was impressed. Very much sunshine and showers, and a couple of times on our walk (which was quite long, around 2 miles) we had to take shelter under trees. Felt very much to me like a French chateau, which itself is unusual since English country houses normally have an "Englishness" about them.

Drove home across country, feeling well and truly knackered, though unfortunately there was one job still to do.... homework!

The big mistake is that we give in to Alice when she tries to put off doing her homework. So much so, we ended up forcing her to do her homework at six o'clock on a Sunday evening, when she really should be winding down. Last night was a classic - around ten minutes work took just over an hour, largely because Alice just would not concentrate. I got so frustrated with her that I ended up shouting and Jacqueline had to come and take over. And even then, she didn't do her spelling or reading, just the homework task. Alice's intelligence just seems so limited - she always seems keen on playing the fool, but I am left wondering whether she even has the ability to take another approach. And of course, this all just highlights my own failure as a parent.

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