change – my word of the week

Chnage in the garden. Lilac in blossom
lilac in the garden

What a change in the weather? She says in a perfect English accent. With a Bank Holiday Monday, this week, it was bound to happen. In all fairness, we did squeeze in one last bbq before the wind and rain took over. One longer walk, before digging out the waterproofs.

I’m still loving my new walking boots. I’ve discovered that I can run in them, which is good as I can never resist running up hills with the hound. He knows the points on the walk when I like to run and automatically moves up a gear. If that doesn’t work, he looks over his shoulder as if to say, “Where are you?”

But this weekend was not about the walks. We had Bank holiday weekend jobs to do.

blue sky through the old apple tree branches
apple blossom in our little orchard

Fence

A while back, part of our fence blew down. We set up a temporary barrier, which did the job. Probably too good a job, as the permanent repair dropped lower on our to do list. Not helped by our usually reliable fencing supplier not picking up the phone since Covid hit our shores. Anyway, we eventually visited and ordered the bits we needed.

At this point, I should mention Mr TTC drew the short straw, which will become more obvious later. He dug out holes, sunk posts, battled the wind and rain positioning fence panels. Rejigged the panels so that a tree could stay put. By the end of the long weekend, he had just two panels left to place.

It looks good. The new concrete held up against the storm winds. There is more privacy for all and I’ll worry a little less about Hero chasing one of the neighbouring cats into next door’s garden. A good change.

Teen's dress almost finished
Middle Teen’s GCSE project

Dress

While this was going on, I had a deadline to contend with. Not that I didn’t pop out with cups of tea for Mr TTC  and encouraging words. No, my role over the weekend was to help Middle Teen finish her dress, as part of her GCSE course work. I double checked her work, interpreted the pattern instructions and passed on some of my dressmaking skills. I behaved. Total hands off the stitching. I left the sewing to her and this is very much her work.

She did so well. Still a bit to finish off, but it was enough and hit her deadline.

It did mean that I had the easier time compared to fence building and I put the finishing touches to my summer cardigan. I can wear it now. Once the weather plays ball.

apple blossom
apple blossom

GCSE change

We are in the midst of assessments at school for GCSEs. Middle Teen seemed to have at least one test (not exam) each day this week and I can see she’s tired, which is not surprising. The whole process is more stressful than when they take the usual set of exams.

When Eldest Teen did her GCSEs, we had a timetable. It was clear what and when was happening. Revision timetables were easy to set up.

This time, a few departments are good at communicating the number of tests, what they cover and, most importantly, when they are happening. Others seem to avoid putting anything, in writing, too far in advance. This is hard on already tired students, who just want to do their level best.

The tests are referred to as assessments instead of exams. There are many more assessments than the usual exams, as each subject is broken down into topics and tested. I can’t help thinking that this long drawn out way of testing and bombardment of the current 15-16 year olds is far more stressful. I’m sure it’s the same for the A Level students too.

I still think they should have gone ahead with the old style exams, with a change or two. I guess we should count our lucky stars that two of her courses are course work based, so fewer exams would have been taken anyway.

forget me not

Finally

Two last changes, I should mention. Eldest Teen voted for the first time. She was excited about it and found it easier than she expected.

Second change is that my favourite non-supermarket delivery service has gone back to supplying catering firms only, so all domestic customers are no longer being catered for. Sigh. Never mind. Time to look around again for another small, local business to support.

So, another wet weekend, by the looks of it. I’ll probably do a bit of my own sewing and watch some movies with the children. Maybe potter in the greenhouses, while the rest of the fence goes up, so I can be on hand if needed.

What are your plans?

Joining in with Anne’s Word of the Week.

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10 thoughts on “change – my word of the week

  • Saturday 8 May, 2021 at 11:49 am
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    My husband used to put fences up for his job. He said it was hard work so I don’t envy Mr TTC. Your daughter’s dress is lovely, I can see an new Sewing Bee contestant in the making 🙂 The GCSEs this year are a real mess aren’t they. My girl seems to be doing mock exams, they are calling them exams but they are not being sent to an examining board, the poor teachers have to mark them all. It’s tough for everyone.

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    • Saturday 29 May, 2021 at 6:07 pm
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      I do feel sorry for the teachers. They seem to have twice as much work.

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  • Saturday 8 May, 2021 at 11:59 am
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    Glad that most of the new fence is up and staying up well. I love the dress that your daughter made – she’s done a lovely job with all the stitching and it looks beautiful. Good luck to your Middle Teen with all her GCSE assessments. It does all sound very stressful. #WotW

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    • Saturday 29 May, 2021 at 6:08 pm
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      Thank you. All over,, so just waiting for the results.

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  • Saturday 8 May, 2021 at 1:47 pm
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    Well done to Mr TTC on a job well done with the fence! and well done to your daughter too, that’s a lovely dress. Good luck to Middle Teen with the assessments, I’m glad my two aren’t involved with the whole exam process – it was bad enough when I took them, nowadays it must be very stressful.

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    • Saturday 29 May, 2021 at 6:08 pm
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      Thank you. She’s made a good job of it.

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  • Saturday 8 May, 2021 at 6:30 pm
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    I’m glad you didn’t get stuck with the fence job! The dress looks lovely and reminds me of my time teaching GCSE Textiles Technology. It always boils down to the wire and many after-school hours! Poor teachers are in a muddle too and some aren’t given much notice of when what is to happen too.
    Hope you all have a nice week coming up.

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    • Saturday 29 May, 2021 at 6:09 pm
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      I can’t imagine the pressure they must be under.

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  • Sunday 16 May, 2021 at 8:41 am
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    What an amazing dress your middie teen has made. I wouldn’t even know where to start! I really feel for everyone taking exams at the moment. In a way, I wish they had put the school years on hold for a little bit as the children have missed so much #WotW

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    • Saturday 29 May, 2021 at 6:10 pm
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      Thank you. It is difficult.

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