I'm back! And it was fine. Thanks to all who left messages wishing me well, I very much appreciated them. I've ended up in a great school with a fantastic teacher and have already taught 4 whole class lessons so I'm feeling much less apprehensive about it all now. We're now back at university for a spell - loads of lectures and tutorials and humungous amounts of reading, I'm wishing I was still at the school!
Anyway, September has somehow zoomed past and it's October already. I wanted to post my September pics to remember that there was relaxation time in there too. Here they are...
First of all, we met up with one of my brothers for 15 minutes at Bowling Baisin, where these pretty ceramic panels are located.
He stays rather far away so we don't get a chance to meet often, perhaps once a year if we're lucky. So why there and why only for 15 mins?
It was on his LEJOG route. I didn't know what it stood for either. He has it engraved on his bicycle bell which should have been a clue - he was cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats. He and his friend did it in 14 days, quite an achievement. (I did take the opportunity to remind him that several years ago I'd already cycled the length of France, though it took us 3 weeks so wasn't quite such a feat!).
Jumping now to my commute to "work". The route is along country roads which climb up and up, then at last as you pass over the very top you're rewarded with this fantastic view...
Zooming in a little. It was mostly cloudy during my time there. I go back again for a longer placement after the October break and I'm looking forward to getting some clearer photographs then (if it's not too dark already!).
Oooh, now we're in the garden with the cat. She has wrecked her cat flap. I'd locked her out as I saw her prowling around the patio with a mouse in her mouth. A short while later she was getting chased by something and burst through the locked catflap destroying it in the process. I'm surprised she didn't knock herself out! The above photo was taken over the holiday weekend when we had some great weather.
Blue sky and garden sign.
A moshling arrangement (a swimming pool I'm told).
Love this ball, sadly it's a little soft now but it doesn't seem to mind!
Some school work. I've had them sewing already! I'd found these fabulous pull-up 3-D shapes and used them in my second maths lesson (after covering 2-D shapes in an introductory lesson). We used plastic needles to thread the yarn through, fortunately they're good kids so there was no silly stuff! At the end of the lesson we listened to (and sang, awww!) this song...
I can't get it out my head now!
More gorgeous skies.
At the weekend we went kayaking with some friends at Loch Ard. It's a lovely spot and I took quite a few photos as you'll see. However, they're all from dry land as I didn't want to risk getting my camera wet so they're of before and after the action, not during...
We kayaked out to the little wooded island you can see behind the yacht and had a sausage sizzle whilst there. It was good fun.
Home again, and yet another gorgeous sky.
The next day I took the kids to visit a nearby castle as it was our last chance before it closed for the winter.
The views in this part of the world aren't bad!
Back home yet again.
I really can't belive it's October. As far as I'm aware we've not yet had a frost and the leaves on the trees are not only still there but are remarkably green.
Robins were singing loudly in the gardens round about late this afternoon, a beautiful sound.
Anyway, I've some prep to do for tomorrow, I'm rarely in bed before midnight these days. 'Twas nice to catch up though. Enjoy October!
Lovely photos. I'm so glad the teaching went well. I used to be a teacher, before I had my children. I remember those student-teaching days very well. I'm happy you have a good placement and that it's off to a good start. :)
Oh my goodness you are so busy, but a good busy right? I love all the pictures but the one of Elmo is my favorite. He was my oldest sons favorite and we had one just that size, He adored him and was a fixture in our family for a long time.
Hugs and good luck with your classes and work,
Hey Anne, lots of wonderful pics, good to hear placement was a success......
So many wonderful pics, I love the castle walls, so much character in them, THose paned windows and chimneys and turretty!! bits.....gorgeous. TheCosmos, I have apunnet of seedlings ready for planting. The lone goose on the hill, he looks sad and of course all the chimney pots........just stunning.
Hope you find a little more 'you' time in October......
Judging from the photos it looks like you were teaching at Waterloo Road :) Glad you enjoyed it.
Loch Ard is a great place to kayak around. Loved the reclining Elmo pic.
Thank you for finding the time to share these wonderful photos Anne.
Glad to hear the course is going well.
Good to see you're back and enjoying life!
Love your photos. Sounds like you're getting on really well. Well done! Juliex
Good news all round then! Fabulous images, if I could relocate to Scotland, I would do it in an instant.
so lovely!! great photos as usual!
Lovely photos and I am glad your teacher training went well in class. Xxx
It's always a treat to look at your gorgeous pictures! So exotic to me!! Glad your teaching went well. I have many happy memories of my own student-teaching days. It's a lot of work, I know.
I want a corner turret room. Quite badly. :)
Love the sexy Elmo pose! So many great photos here - that corner with the wooden beams, the wooded island (cloudy pines under cloudy skies), the cosmos, the spider (I don't really like spiders but what amazing markings!), the slightly manic look in the cat's eyes....
Glad to hear that school is going well. And what a great ride your brother must have had. :)
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