I had a super week last week and felt full of energy and enthusiasm. It was a blissful feeling and I'm very glad I enjoyed it to the full. This week has not started so well, unfortunately. Nothing dreadful has happened, just silly things that drive me mad with frustration and all mean extra time and work to achieve the result I want. Life eh?
I am currently having a bit of a tug-of-war with the island's council. When we were in the process of moving house, I tried to find out where my children would catch the bus to school. Eventually Pea discovered that the boy who lives at the farm next door is taken to and from school each day in a taxi, along with his sister and another boy, because they live too far from the bus stop. I rang a man who appears to be in charge of the school transport system at the council to arrange for the same taxi to take Pea and H1 to the same school. Guess what? We don't qualify. No idea why and he hasn't as yet given me a definitive answer. He talks a lot but says nothing and I can't work out if it's because he doesn't really know what he's on about or whether it's a smoke screen to confuse me so I won't ask too many questions. Either way it isn't getting me anywhere; another tactic must be employed. So we are not allowed a taxi even if I pay; fine, but the 'bus stop' where they wait for the bus to come is a narrow strip of grass along the side of quite a fast, straight road. There is no where else for them to stand, no street light or shelter and only my two children wait there. There are two houses nearby but both are screened by trees, so no one can see them and the cars coming down the hill can't see them either. In the afternoon they have to walk the 1.3miles home, as I have to go in the opposite direction to fetch H2 from his school. The lanes they walk down are narrow and windy, as country lanes are. The cars and tractors drive far too fast and there is no where to go to get out of the way of them. There are no pavements or street lights and with the afternoons getting increasingly darker, the walk home is becoming a worry for us all. This is my next request to the council: if they won't let us share the taxi, can they provide a safe place for my children to stand while they wait for the bus. It must be well off the road for safety, well illuminated and sheltered from the wind and rain. We will see how they react to that!
This morning I woke the children as usual then went to put the kettle on the stove for my morning wake up panad. A few minutes later I saw H2 come out of the bathroom, clutching his right side and obviously in a lot of pain. I went to him and he burst into tears. I helped him back into bed as he was clearly not going to school like that. He said the pain started when he went to the bathroom and he could hardly walk. I got him a hot water bottle to put against it and sat on his bed and hugged him. My first thought of course was appendicitis. He hadn't been sick or even felt sick, which is something, and soon started to look himself again. About half an hour later he wanted to get up but I told him to stay where he was until I could be with him. When he did move, he took it slowly and managed to get dressed by himself. He has eaten well during the day and watched his Garfield dvd and read books. He seems fine in himself but his side is still sore. He went swimming yesterday with school, which he hates, and he had to swim on his back. We are hoping he may have pulled something and it let him know about it this morning. I will be keeping a very close eye on him this week.
While H2 was munching honey on toast (his favourite treat) in the kitchen, I tackled the cleaning. I could have murdered Puppy when I found he had dug my lovely violas out of the pots by the back door and strewn them across the yard. He then had the audacity to trot through the house with mud stuck to his paws and transfer it to my clean carpets. He is a nightmare. When he's asleep though, he's adorable. Wish he was asleep more often.
One of the books I will be adding to my collection came this morning.
The bathroom awaits my attention, but I think I will save that particular delight until tomorrow. I have had enough fun for one day.
I hope you enjoy your ups and coast through your downs. Thank you for reading. xxx