I have been in a relatively crap mood ALL day. I know, I know, I know. Im up and then down and then Im really up and then Im in the bog of down-ment. But you know, I could lie and say my life is the perfect peach everyday. But its not! So ner!
What didn't make the matter more digestible was a cat "spraying" in our porch. The smug little git is a real wind up merchant for Eds. He runs in our back garden, up the shed wall and sits on the roof goading him. And Eddy truly has a right to take a nibble out of him should he catch up with him one of these days. And even more so because our porch reeks. Well it did until Mark came home. I would have cleaned it myself but it made me all grouchy and fed up. I love cats well, more like kittens.... we don't deserve this. I swear to god, it friggin stinks to high heaven.
On a brighter note, Belle received some little trinkets today from Diane Wray and Jackie. It still flummoxes both Belle and I at peoples generosity and it can't go without a mention. Diane wanted to clear out her Victorian teashop collection and thought it would look good in Ellies dolls house collecsh. We both marvelled at how dinky the little pieces were and Ellie was in miniature heaven.
I love watching Ellie read. Look at the concentration!The mini cakes and breads and things were so cute and made us feel so excited!Ellie was so in love with the maid that Diane so kindly sent too. I know these things are not cheap. Bless you Di xx
This is the contents of the booty box she sent...... oooh, its so much fun!Then we discovered that Jackie had sent a phone charm in amongst some cards for soldiers that I am still collecting. Ellie loves it! Thank you so so much x I must take a picture of the flaming Mount Kilimanjaro pile of beautiful cards overtaking our spare room!
We also had a review letter come through the door from belles school. Ellie is statemented which means we should get to see the SENCO on a regular basis. Not so this year. Since last September we have not seen the SENCO once. The letter outlined the teachers feedback of Ellie progress and targets and we were distressed to read that teachers are picking up on her work presentation. Im wondering if they forgot she cant write properly or have the fine motor skills to give them something to meet their satisfaction? I think this is what has played on my mind all day. Some teachers write to explain that Ellie is becoming distressed in class at other children's behaviour. Hmmm, ok. Whose fault is it that Ellie doesn't like kids shouting and being rude to the teacher? I can't see to it, Im not there. She doesn't come from an unstable, angry home hence she is not used to dealing with rowdy behaviour. One teacher explains that Ellie is the cause of the rowdiness which is not in context with 12 other teachers feedback on her behaviour. So we challenged Elie with this and she explains that she puts her hand up to complain that children are throwing things at her or are pressing delete on her computer work (bear in mind, Ells takes an age to type a sentence). The teacher has not fully understood the root of Ellie dismay and pinned the disruption on her. Oh god, I AM GOING TO BLOODY SCREAM. This really has rattled my cage. Its kind of choking me, if I am honest. Mark and I are trying our best to bring our girl up to be kind and courteous and because we do, the teachers think we need to address how she handles what is clearly a school issue. Maybe someone can help me out here? perhaps Im blinded by that mother/child protection barrier. sigh :(
Mark could sense I was not in the best of moods when he got home and was all cuddly when he realised. It was the best present for me today and cuddles cost nothing and are endless. As I came "to" I jogged about the garden taking in the green that's springing up in my fave spots of the yard. That really made me feel happy. And in about the space of an hour I was back to normal and feeling human again.
My heather, still holding on to its autumn flora.the blossom tree peeping from the side of the garage.
We have a love/hate relationship with our holly bush. Sometimes we hack it right back and other times we love it for its perpetual lush greenery.
The sky was magnificent this afternoon. Spring feels so real now.
My favourite trailing ivy segment on our rickety fence. Trailing ivy makes me happy.Also...
Found out that from today that all local council swimming pools in the UK are now FREE to the general public as part of the governments initiative to get us all more active. FREE SWIMS! Hooray to that, we are planning a little splash on Friday night and to see how Ellie copes with a cooler pool and her new found swimming skills. I do worry about council pools though, kids think they make great toilets and sometimes I swallow water and ugh, it doesn't bear thinking about. Lest we forget the attack of the verrucas, hair all over the changing room and floating band aids (vom).
Whenever you want to shake away those blues and have happy tears - watch this. I loved watching this on X-Factor last year - classic TV viewing with tears to match!