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MY WORD OF THE WEEK.
I left you in the lurch last week while I went off for a weekend of fun and learning at the Flea Retreat. It was totally amazing and we got to see some stunning views of the Welsh hillside.
I had a panic attack on the way there because we went over some pretty high hills. Being the passenger I was sitting on the …very steep drop.. side. If I’d been driving I’m sure I’d have coped better, crazy isn’t it? I was so glad to get out of the car at Aberystwyth and enjoy the calm views of the sea. It wasn’t quite so bad on the way back because Graham had decided to go a different route which took us through the Elan Vally. It was ALL HILLS all the way home. But not as high and scary as some of the roads we drove on before. And it was so beautiful.
Panic at School
Back to school on Monday and The Little Man’s school went into lockdown. They had an intruder on the site. It was a big panic, but soon resolved when the police arrived. The man was just looking for his children that were no longer attending the school. I guess he wasn’t supposed to be looking for them because scaling the school wall is not the way to go about it.
Then on Tuesday, because of the panic from the day before, the school decided to practice another lockdown. This worries me a little. I got thinking that maybe they hadn’t got it quite right the first time when they could have been in real danger. I guess they have to get used to their new school building and grounds.
Also on Tuesday, Boo had an after school club and Graham almost forgot to go and pick her up. He was less than five minutes late but she was already in a panic and getting the school secretary to call home.
Wednesday had Star in a panic about school. Her classmates were going off to do Duke of Edingburgh awards for the last two days of the week and she had no idea what she would be doing. As an autistic child she doesn’t cope with change easily. And with her physical disabilities she couldn’t take part in the DoE awards. Thankfully, she has two close friends who are also just like her. If it was not for them, I doubt she would have gone to school at all.
I’m now hoping for a panic free weekend! It will be nice if this sunshine sticks around, especially as Graham has been working hard on the garden.
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How scary to have an intruder at school and to be on lockdown. Thank goodness everything was ok in the end. I guess having a real situation like this does make you reevaluate procedures and pick up on what could have been done better. Glad you had a good time at the retreat. I’m not a great passenger and steep drops would have had me panicking too. Thanks for hosting #WotW and hope you have a panic-free weekend.
Yes, I’m so grateful that the schools are so protected. Being a new building I guess they wanted to make sure it never happened again. the Retreat was wonderful.
Sorry you had a panic attack, they are awful feeling however I have learnt to embrace them like the waves of the sea. Wales is a beautiful place. I am glad you had a lovely time away at the treat X #wotw
Sam, I tried to stay in control because my kids were in the car and I didn’t want to panic them. So I was covering it up with nervous laughter, I do think I fooled them a little though. And my husband was great, some would not be as patient.
I remember going out with my maternal grandparents and being so scared in the back of the car as we went round mountainous roads with big drops on the passenger side, use to scare the crap out of me. As a passenger your life is in the hands of somebody else.
Nice the lock down kept the children safe, and no harm in practising it. I remember when my girls were at secondary school ( way back in mid 80’s) and a gun man being holed up in a nearby block of flats the school was locked down and all the kids kept in until about 8pm.
I also remember an incident with the boys of 2 grown men getting into the school with knives and threatening a group of 17/18 yr olds as the teachers were too scared to stop them. Eldest son ended up with a broken hand.
Oh boy those are some scary moments for you! Thankfully we’ve not had anything too drastic happen at schools, although my older ones were at school at the time of the Dunblane incident and I remember being afraid of sending them to school for a while despite it happening so far away from home. I think schools are a lot more protected these days, thankfully.
Sorry to hear your week has been full of panic, I would have been the same travelling along that road too, how scary! The situation at school must have been frightening too, I hope the guy will face some consequences for it. Hopefully, this weekend will be a less stressful one for you all x
We are having a nice peaceful weekend and tomorrow I’m off to my niece’s baby shower which I’m sure will be lovely x
Oh no. All this anxiety. One after another too. I really hope your next week is easier. The lockdown sounds scary. Thank goodness it was OK in the end. I’m not so keen on being in the passenger seat on steep slopes either. Being in control of the steering wheel makes the world of difference. I’m glad you had a good time at the retreat. Hope you have a peaceful and quiet weekend! #wotw
I have trouble not being in control of the steering wheel anyway, the slopes just made it more difficult. The retreat was amazing.
That lockdown sounds scary for the youngsters (and parents). I used to teach teenagers and they were often scared when we had a lockdown drill. So sad that we need these lockdowns in schools now. I would love to visit Wales sometime. It seems so exotic and beautiful. Glad that you got there safely over the mountain roads!
Laurie, we took the scenic route home and we never saw a main road for nearly 3 hours, it really was lovely and so nice to think our small Island does have some amazing views.
Oh my goodness! I hope next week is less fraught and that Little Man is okay after his experience. I guess the school never really knew what would happen in that situation until it did. I’m not keen on driving roads next to steep drops either. I think a glass of something might be in order for you!
Karen, I had to make do with a cup of coffee as I can’t drink on my medication 🙁 The Little Man survived well, Star didn’t do so good though.
Panic sounds the perfect word for the past week. I think I would have too on the way to the Flea Retreat! I panicked going over a huge bridge in a car a few months ago. lol
Oh gosh! The drama at your Little Mans school sounds terrifying.
Poor Boo and naughty Graham forgetting to pick her up.
I’m glad Star had her friends at school.
I hope you have a nice, calm weekend x
Kim, you would absolutely love a Flea Retreat, we don’t get to see you at any of the blogger events and that’s a shame. As for the car, I’m always panicking anyway, after being the driver for over 20 years I find it so difficult not having control. x
Sounds like the Flea Retreat was fab, but yes that would have scared me, gosh I bet that was so scary for all this kids I cant believe he tried to climb the wall. Ah poor star that sounds awful for her I am so glad she had friends to support her x
The flea retreats always look wonderful, I’d love to go one day. I hate that schools need to have a lockdown procedure now, my sons secondary has practised several times. I hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend x
Oh goodness that must have been scary. Glad all was ok in the end, but can imagine how panicked you must have been. I’m glad you had a good time at the retreat x
Oh gosh a lockdown sounds scary for us adults never mind little ones – thank goodness it was a false alarm! I live quite close to Wales and some of the drops are scary!!! Although also makes for some stunning views. #wotw
Since coming home I’ve had the urge to go back and do it again, I’m sure it wouldn’t be so scary next time. Thanks for linking up to #wotw
This sounds great I may join in next week #MMBC
You’d be most welcome 🙂