insights, outtakes and observations from our sabbatical year in England
Monday, September 12, 2011
Last Day of Vacation and First Day of School
Here were are in September.... time to return to school! Alex got his place in school a day after it started. But Duncan was waiting for a place a bit longer: I was told to just keep him home the first week while the district sorted out places for new kids. So what else to do for fun but go to a movie. Stalwarts that we are, we walked the 40 minutes to the theatre to see SpyKids in 4D!
but where IS everyone?!
Smell-o-rama is cool!
FOUR D you ask? Yep... not only the groovy glasses, but an Odorama card, that we could sniff at various points in the film to more fully enjoy the experience (of pickles, bacon, babyfood, candy, on ordorous explosions of gas.... gah!) The film was what it was: not King Lear, but that isn't what Duncan was wanting anyways. Wierdly enough, the theatre was mighty empty. We were the only people there until minutes before the film started. I guess this is what a theatre looks like when you do a daytime matinee when the kids who are the target market for the film are already back in school.
But then, oh joy, a phonecall letting us know that a place was available at Queenswell Junior School. Now Duncan, like Alex, is kitted out with a school uniform. Because Duncan is still in the younger school, he doesn't require a jacket and tie: still has to do black shoes, grey socks, trousers, school polo shirt (in yellow) and school jumper (translastion, v-neck sweater) in blue. So here he is, dressed and ready to school, and being pinned in place by his dad for the shot (it was sprinkling a bit outside...as usual). Here is a close up of his smiling fact, eating his breakfast as we are getting ready to walk the 15 minutes to school.
you are kidding, right?
The first day, Duncan was a bit worried that he would hate the school. But then we decided that the street sign was something of a harbinger of good tidings.... I mean, seriously...who DOESN'T want to go to a school that is at the end of "Sweets Way"?! .... well... I suppose there is the cautionary tale of Hansel and Gretel, but aside from that.... :-)
ready made applesauce
Sweets way it is! We walked past not only the towering horsechestnut trees, their feast of conkers spread on the ground, but also crabapple trees, their red fruit already being mashed to applesauce on the ground, and even a fig tree! everything you might need for a good figgy pudding!
And maybe it is starting to get towards the time for nice warm puddings. The gutters lining our streets this morning made it clear that, though not yet the middle of september, fall is on the way!