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Athena’s last day…

by on Jul.19, 2010, under The Family

Friday 16th July

At 2.18pm Alethea turned 8 and three hours and thirty three minutes later, at 5.51 Athena turned 11.

but for Athena this was to be a big year……Along with the rest of Year six, she spent her final hours at primary School.

With Andy manning the shop I had the day off.

The leaver’s Assembly was a lump in throat occasion!  Each child in year six stood before the mums, dads, grandparents and recalled their memories of Primary School…..which was then topped by the headmaster (also year five/six teacher) giving his take on each child…Athena was summed up (rather accurately) as being the pupil he would always remember because of her obsession with her hair!!! On a recent trip to Brecon, after spending time with the class to discuss what they would be doing etc……Athena only had two questions..

“would there be an hair dryer?” and “can we take our straighteners?”

kind of sums her up…..

I have to say the School is fantastic….Athena has left having gained experiences that many children will never have….taking part in the Eisteddfod, residential trips to London, Brecon….being involved in Sporting events. She has blossomed into a confident, colourful character, who has so much more ahead of her. Her memories of her Primary School I am sure will always be fond and they will hold a special place within her heart…

The day was topped off with a Prom. Now Athena being Athena chose her two dresses (yes TWO dresses….apparently a girl always needs a back up dress…I sure am learning a lot from this “parent” thing) weeks before the event and then spent two hours getting ready….mmmmm

Athena posing

Athena posing

For me it was a case of setting up the disco, the tables, the marque…with the help of a few mums….finish at 6….within half hour I had bathed, dressed and was back at the School for 6.30…..WHY does it take two hours???????

The evening was great….the kids came out in their finest!!! The girls dressed up and even the boys turned out in shirts, ties and even the odd Dickie bow!!!.  To the magical haunting sounds of  Andrea Bocelli’s Time to say Goodbye the year six children were all presented one by one by the Head of the School. they then sang to ABBA’s I have a Dream…..two and half hours of Disco and has the night sky started to darken…..all the mums, dads, grandparents, Teachers gathered around a very emotional group of 17 year six, raised their hands high and sang along to “you’ll Never Walk Alone”……a few tears later we all gathered outside and watch each of the Children release a Chinese Lantern containing their hopes and dreams for the future into the night sky….

Sad, thoughtful, happy……above all very proud that Athena is part of those memories….memories created by one of the finest Primary Schools. For the minority of parents who are sometimes unhappy with the School, the Teachers or other pupils….take a few minutes, switch on the TV and look at other primary Schools (perhaps similar to the kind I attended in the West Midlands) large schools where you are really just a name on the register, or are unsafe walking home on your own, or have barbed wire on the fencing in order to keep in or even out…….close your eyes and work it out….are you really blaming someone or something else for your own shortcomings….just a thought?

Llansantffraid Primary School for me and I would say Athena has been supportive, welcome and above all a fantastic platform of learning on all levels….I very proudly send my other three children through those doors.

and so my eldest has left Primary School and continues her journey in September at Llanfyllin High School…

But before then after a late bedtime on Friday night,  forgetting to eat and with a dodgy back and ankle I opened up the shop on Saturday feeling slightly worse for wear…..and not really looking forward to the fact that at seven that night I was opening my door to 14 girls….friends of Athena and Alethea who were crashing over for a sleepover to celebrate the girls birthday……

Oh boy was I in for a shock… I’ve done parties and I enjoy them….but at least the kids go home eventually….the evening was fun, the girls had a laugh…..then at about 11 I settled them all down into PJs and sleeping bags…..thinking rather stupidly that they would all watch a couple of DVDs and then go to sleep…..

SLEEP did not hit these girls until 6.30!!!!!!!! I had vomit, crying for home, I think I may be dying!!!, pole dancing (my poor lamp got busted)..

Which reminds me…I must tell you of the “I think I may be dying” story…

A tiny little eight year approaches me at about 10.30….now bearing in mind – I’m feeling slightly knackered, I still have my two boys running riot amidst a group of high pitched girlies….and this little girl tugs at my top and asks…”may I have a private word”

…..PANIC….oh dear what was this going to be?

We sit down together on the quiet of the stairs…..She looks serious….I ask her what’s wrong…She tells me this…without stopping for a breath…

“Well you know those glow-bracelets, the ones we had at the Prom last night and the ones you have got here, I had a Orange and yellow one at the Prom and Now I’ve got a blue one and a pink one, well I like the pink one the best…one of them leaked and I kind of managed to get some on my face and then I licked my lips and the glow stuff went into my mouth and I have washed my face and my mouth out loads of times, and I couldn’t taste it so I think I got it all out but I’m not sure….no one else has licked it….but I really frightened that I may die!!!

I was jerked out of my day dreaming with the words “I think I may Die” at this point….


errrrrr….when did the glow bracelet leak and when did you get it in your mouth ?

Last night she replied….


well I guess that if you had it in your mouth last night and you already woke up this morning…and you aint dead…I guess you are OK?

Big smile…SIMPLE!!

Kids just make you smile sometimes!!!

Although I have to say I do not think I will be doing a Party again….I know I say that every year….BUT this year I really feel every year of my 41!!!!

I’ll leave you with the girls of year six…… Good luck to all of you. x



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Oswestry Gift Shop gets a “guard dog!”

by on Jul.19, 2010, under The Family

Well I think officially I may well be approaching the menopause….

Most women hit 40 and change their appearance…..their husband….just generally have a mid-life crisis. Not me I hit 40…..NOTHING HAPPENED……..

Until I hit 41!!

Now those that know me from all those years ago will constantly remind me “You never wanted kids” ……mmmmm OK I got that wrong!!

This year 2010 sees me at 41 with five kids….and a grandchild being baked all ready to be delivered in November!!! and apart from the fact that I have to “be there” at the birth (I have to say at this point I would much rather be the one giving birth than the one “watching!” the thought is just stomach turning!!!….The kids only have to cut themselves and I’m wiping it while not looking….as for any scenes on the TV of “labour” and I’m squirming round, clenching muscles and seeing how far I can get my head down the back of the sofa!!!) anyhow with all my kids you would think busy house…why have a puppy?…..well I did. Tikka is now 11 months old and is  like a shaken bottle of pop….completely nutty!!!

So why oh why did I ever even let the idea of another puppy even enter my head……

But when someone speaks to me about “runt of the litter” …no one wants it….it’s far too small to be of use for anything….

I now have TWO dogs…..may I proudly introduce “Pathia!” (YES another Indian curry name!!)

Oswestry Gift shop Guard dog!!

Oswestry Gift shop Guard dog!!

Now originally she was intended as a Playmate for Tikka, BUT when as I carried her home I realised that Tikka could probably eat this little bundle of fluff quicker than she could demolish a frozen chicken wing!!!

So Pathia now comes to the shop in Oswestry with me!!……I could have actually sold her ten times over. She has officially become head of security at the shop….

Pathia is a Cavalier King Charles crossed with a Poodle….apparently!!! we picked her up on the Tuesday on the Wednesday she was vet checked…along with a few minor health issues (which have now been treated and cleared!!!) she weighed in at a scary 0.6kg !!!! I would love to name and shame the People we had Pathia from….They are “breeders” in Telford, who actually breed Cavaliers King Charles, and seem to like Coco. I have emailed them since taking Pathia…firstly to let them know that Pathia had travelled home safely and had settled in….and then further to tell them of Pathia’s Vet report…….they have never responded to any of my emails!!

Advice….. avoid CocoCavaliers of telford!!! I have since spoken to another breeder in Telford who had heard similar stories. People like these need stringing up!!!

anyway Pathia has been with us now for four weeks and on her third trip to the vets she weighed in at a whopping 1.3kg!!! (good ole BARF diet) and has been given a clear bill of health!!!!

She is fantastic with the kids…..worships the ground that Tikka walks on….fully respects the cats (Mr Corky made sure that she quickly understood that CATS RULE!) …..she has settled in so quickly that I can’t remember not ever having her. Everyone who meets her falls in love instantly with her big soulful eyes, her grinning mouth and her constant wagging tail….

I’m not convinced that we will ever have a guard dog in our family or shop…..but lets be honest….what intruder is ever going to get past five kids, four cats and two puppies…..

Me and my two babies!!


Have fun…Sharon

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