Thursday, September 04, 2008

Boy is it quiet here today

Well today's the day they're finally all back at school or college

Nick and Lou walked off together this morning - the big brother escorting his little sister on her first day at his school - no bickering either - long may it last! They did laugh at posing for this somewhat staged picture

Sarah of course, having left secondary school, has been making her own way in the grown up world of 6th Form College since Monday.

We did have a minor glitch on Monday - she went in all hyped up to start the hard work of AS levels and was allowed home at lunchtime as there was only one lesson timetabled for her because of tutor meetings, assemblies etc - a bit of an anti-climax compounded by the fact that she managed to lose her timetable from her back jeans pocket between college and meeting me in the centre of town - oh dear! Floods of tears, major panic and a quick drive back to college for her to log onto the intranet and copy it down again to rectify this - problems are seldom insurmountable.

The week has got better - she loves PE; Geography and Biology will be fine and Chemistry is going to be jolly hard work but definitely doable. The thing she's finding the most strange is calling all her lecturers by their first names.

She's made lots of new friends, signed up for any sport imaginable that fits in with her timetable and generally had a ball so far.

You can see from this picture of all three of them before they set off this morning that they're all raring to go - long may it continue.

For the first time ever going right back to when Sarah started in Reception class all those years ago this long anticipated day of peace for me feels unexpectedly very odd - I seem to be rattling round a bit like a pea in a drum. Partly I think because I can't seem to concentrate on anything meaty on the stitching front and I really do not want to go and clear out the fridge which is really the most pressing job on the household list - closely followed by tidying my sewing area as the worksurfaces are fast becoming a distant memory!

I shan't have time to think about all this tomorrow as the men arrive first thing in the morning to complete the front drive - hurray!

I have managed a little crafty stuff

I quilted and finished off this little wallhanging I started ages ago and sent it off to a friend in need of a lift

And at Lou's insistence, because she found the beautifully soft alpaca/silk yarn in a bargain bin a few weeks ago, I've been crocheting a scarf for her.

I completed the ends with crocheted scallops instead of fringing as it took up much less wool - nice and brainless in front of the television - I'd forgotten quite how relaxing crocheting can be.

16 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Great photos of your 3 going back to school - and that quilt and scarf are gorgeous - I'm finding I'm quite happily getting used to the peace and quiet now! Lucy x

loulee1 said...

Lucky you, ours don't go back until next week.

That scarf looks cosy.

Sweet P said...

I'm sure you'll start filling your days soon. The scarf looks cozy and warm.

Not Lucy said...

My baby is off living with his sister and going to college this year. Not only are we enjoying our empty nest, when someone does come for a visit we are not that sad to see them go and have our quieter life back!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

The first days of school are so daunting. My DD1 has just started GCSEs and every night I get a full report on who the teacher is...how go she thinks they are and how difficult she thinks the subject will be...all I can say is glad it's her and not me :o)

Clare said...

It's all change then in the Bebbington and Worthy households. DD has decided she is old enough to go to the bus on her own, except when it's raining. She's in her second to last year at coll├ęge and is feeling very grown up. Timetable so full I swear they've crammed in another lesson somewhere. 3 languages on top of French!!!!!!!!!

Love that little quilt.

Clare said...

PS - blog still looks the same (ducking!!)!!!!!!!

nicolette said...

Good luck with getting back into the swing of life!

Love your thoughtfull present for your friend!

Libby said...

I think it's the battle cry of motherhood that the first week's enthusiasm will last all the year long.
The scallop finish on the scarf is just perfect . . . I'm not much of a 'fringe fan.'

meggie said...

Lovely photos of the offspring!
I love the look of the little wallhanging, & the scarf is beautiful.

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful scarf.....enjoy school kids......

Tanya said...

Your three kids look like angels all ready for school. Hope Sarah has a great time. Haven't heard from mine yet about her first weeks as a college student...

sewprimitive karen said...

Your children are beautiful! And so beautifully dressed. What a CONTRAST to the ghastly way the high school kids dress at the school where I work.

Nursedude said...

Great pics, what a nice looking brood you have! This is part of the reason I love the fall. Along with the fall colours and beginning of football and rugby season, there is the excitement and anticipation of a new school year.I hope your kids have good luck with having good teachers. My daughter Rachel, in her last year of high school here in the US, is very pleased with her teachers after a couple of weeks of school.

katelnorth said...

Wow - 6th form college - so grownup! We may or may not experience that one - depends on which secondary my girls end up at - one goes through, one doesn't. Alex will probably go to a good local (right round the corner) boys which goes through, but that's a VERY long way off... Just nice to have them all back in school - unlike you, I was so busy last week I barely noticed they were gone, though it was a little quieter, I admit.

YankeeQuilter said...

Love the scarf. They all look so cheerful on their first day of school!