Did I mention it snowed?

Our week has been peppered with deadlines. In a time when so much is on hold and it can feel like you’re twiddling your thumbs waiting for something, anything, to happen, having a deadline breaks up the weeks. They step into the vacant spots where events and appointments used to sit on the family wall calendar.

We started the week by submitting Youngest Teen’s choices for his GCSE subjects. Some subjects are compulsory, but he could choose four of his own. He’s plumped for French, Art, Geography and…..be still my beating heart…..computer science. I’m so pleased. Finally one of my children is following in my footsteps. I’m looking forward to planning algorithms with him and helping him to debug his programs. Might sound crazy, but when I taught, debugging a whole classroom’s programs was my favourite thing.

Actually, now I write it, even I think it sounds crazy. Let’s ignore old me. She sounds like a pain to be with.

Next deadline was Eldest Teen’s. UCAS. The university application form. The deadline was extended to this Friday.

When I filled in my form, so many decades ago, it was a lot easier. Not that I appreciated it at the time. I remember practising writing small and clearly to fit as much in as possible. The boxes to write in were bijou to say the least.

Now they have to include a personal statement of no more than 4000 characters. Not words. Characters. Of course, it’s all typed in and submitted by the press of a button. I wonder if they’ll ever fill in a form that specifies it must be written in black ink?

Eldest Teen completed intensive research and talked to people about how to write her personal statement. It seems like a dark art. There is much more to it than anything I submitted. My role was to read umpteen drafts, offer unhelpful advice and act as a human thesaurus.

She has submitted it. Phew! There were moments when I thought it would never happen. Now we wait.

Watching my children make decisions, I mean proper deliberating, can be the most excruciating process. I just want to barge in, but I didn’t. I did my best to help. All part of their learning process, and presumably mine too, but the urge to tell them to just get on with it, and decide, was immense. I have aged, this week.

Last deadline was at work. End of my quarter is always a busy time and the other deadlines had a knock on effect on my time. It looks like I’ll be working over the weekend. Blah!ย 

We’ve had some good walks, this week. It snowed on Sunday. Did I mention that? Easiest time to get the children out for a walk. Some of us slid down hills, made a snowman and also a snowball lantern. I positioned the lantern just outside the kitchen door, so we could see it glowing while eating our evening meal. Always tickles me how it seems to increase the light of a single tealight.

This week, we also spotted our first fox cubs of the year. Two of them. We’d watched one of the parents cross a field as we walked, one morning. Slinking through the hedgerows and hugging the ground, as she/he crossed the open field. It’s reddy/orange showing up nicely against the remains of the snow. It’s a legal requirement, at the moment, to keep poultry indoors, due to avian flu, so I’m guessing no easy pickings for the fox.

Once we were level with the den, we could see two cubs playing out in the fleeting patch of sunlight. They soon cottoned on to us being there and headed back into the safety of the den.

My snow shadow.

On the same walk, we found the mother deer and her two fawns from last year. Our paths often cross. I love how this little family have survived.

So apart from baking an obscene quantity of chocolate biscuits and having haggis for Burns night, that is my week. Before I wrap this post up, just wanted to include one last photo.

Not as big as last week’s herring gull, but none the less, this gull was also tap dancing on top of our chimney cowl. All he needs is a top hat.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week. My word is deadline.


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12 thoughts on “Did I mention it snowed?

  • Saturday 30 January, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Ohh! GCSE options. My youngest will be picking hers this year, we’ve not heard anything about them yet. Great choices by your son. I think my girl will be going for the same apart from French, she hates French. My eldest chose computer science for her GCSE’s but the teacher went on long term sick and it was changed to media, not what she wanted at all.
    It looks like you had great fun in the snow. x

    • Sunday 31 January, 2021 at 11:13 am

      I think our school does it early. I’m sorry she doesn’t enjoy French, but hope she finds another choice that she does like.

  • Sunday 31 January, 2021 at 9:44 am

    My girl should be picking her options this year too, but we’ve not heard anything yet, like Kim! Bit worrying. I’m still waiting to hear what school my youngest will be moving to next September, at least I didn’t miss the deadline of getting our choices in. I love your snow lantern, it looks so pretty. I’m glad you caught a photo of a tap dancing gull too, bit disappointed he didn’t have a top hat and stick though ๐Ÿ™‚ Snowy weather is great for getting the kids out…well it worked for my boys, I don’t think the girls even got dressed.

    • Sunday 31 January, 2021 at 11:15 am

      We are early, I reckon. They always do it in January. I hope your youngest gets into the school that you are all happy with. Such a long wait, I seem to remember. I love building snowball lanterns. Only had time and energy for one this time. Maybe I’ll go overboard next time!

  • Sunday 31 January, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    I don’t envy the kids having to make their GCSE choices this year. To my knowledge the only subject my daughter has chosen to do is engineering! She loves it ๐Ÿ™‚ That snowball lantern is beautiful ๐Ÿ˜€ Even Sir asked to go out for a walk in the snow – it must have magical properties to get him out of his lair LOL!

    • Wednesday 3 February, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Engineering sounds a brilliant choice. It is a tough time to be choosing. Snow does have a certain magical quality. I’m gald it tempted him out.

  • Sunday 31 January, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Fab choices by your son! Your kiddos sound very grounded, obviously down to their wonderful mum!
    Your snowy pics are gorgeous, why didn’t I think of making a snow lantern? That’s so pretty. x

    • Wednesday 3 February, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      Everyone should make a snow lantern! ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Tuesday 2 February, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Ah how lovely that your youngest teen is following in your footsteps and has chosen computer science as one of his options. Good luck to your eldest with her university application. I remember trying to write as small as possible on my UCAS form to fit it all in. How things have changed since then! Lovely photos of the snow and I love your snow lantern. Definitely going to try making one of these if weโ€™re lucky enough to get snow again this winter. Love the photo of the tap-dancing gull on your chimney. #WotW

    • Wednesday 3 February, 2021 at 12:48 pm

      Those boxes were tiny in comparison. I crammed in all my extra curriculum activities. Now they seem to want these to be proof of why you want to study the intended course. Much more wordy and would never fit into the tiny boxes. Yes, make a snow lantern. You won’t regret it.

  • Friday 5 February, 2021 at 7:54 am

    I remember making my GCSE options none of which I used in my chosen career lol. I have no idea if my son will have to make any options. I don’t think his SEN school follows the curriculum. My little lady is a way off yet but I’m sure that time will fly by. Your walks and animal spotting sounds amazing. Our walks are feeling a bit samey at the moment. We didn’t get any snow. We have had talk of it every weekend but none has appeared. Fingers crossed for this weekend. I nearly spat out my tea when I saw that picture of the seagull lol #WotW

    • Friday 5 February, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      Ha! You’ve got a while to go and I’m sure she’ll have definite ideas by then. I hope you get snow this weekend.

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