Thursday, 12 July 2012

School Daze...

Sorry for the lack of posts, but my darling son is starting senior school in September, and to settle them in, he's having a trial 2 weeks for the end of term. Typically, the 11 year old is taking it ALL in his stride - I, however, am completely traumatised by the whole experience and am (much to his embarrassment...) ready to 'slug' each 'big boy' who comes near my little 'baby' outside of the school gates...pity the poor child who is simply asking him for directions!!

Normal 'blogging service' to resume next week...if my nerves survive!

p.s.Thank you all SO much for your lovely comments - they are a joy to read, and I frequently fall off my chair with laughter at their wit!

p.p.s. No - my son is not off to Eton, but I've always loved this image of the Eton boys taken by photographer Jimmy Sime in 1937.



  1. Hi Paula,
    Yes, it's that time of the year again.
    Although my boys have now both left school-yay! the end of June, beginning of July is always choca-bloc with stuff.
    It's often hard to get to the computer to read any blogs let alone write one.
    Everything will calm down soon, the sun will come out, Pimms will be flowing and blog inspiration will return!!
    Hope you have a lovely week and number 1 son had a great time.

  2. It is a traumatic time indeed. I don't think I have recovered from my two going to infant school, and that was many a long year ago. Savour it, before you know it he will be at University, then the real fun starts!

  3. I remember that time well. As you said, they are completely unfazed by the whole thing, while we have images of Tom Brown's Schooldays going through our minds.

  4. Ah memories, the first day of school with my mother at the gates clutching a hanky ;)
    A traumatic time for you but an exciting time for him, I'm sure he'll be fine.

  5. Nothing like a bond between mother + son. How exciting for your son though, and what a great idea to have this "breaking in" period (sorry, didn't mean to make him feel like a horse ;-) xx

  6. Hang in there, Paula!

    Best wishes to you both,

  7. Darling Paula!!

    Ohhhhh SCHOOL ALREADY? I am glad that this year I am only serving as a substitute teacher instead of a full time classroom teacher. I have no need this year of preparing ANYTHING and I want to enjoy my summer!

    OK, breathe....BREATHE and then do what you gotta do!!! Anita

  8. Hello Paula

    I empathize with you. Your son is recieving a wonderful education. He must be a bright boy.
    Keeping you in prayer

    Helen xx

  9. I'm certain you will get through this Paula, I just remember a feeling of relief!
    Rose H

  10. Wish you lots of strength Paula! I am sure your boy will be ok!!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Madelief x

  11. That's what mommies do: worry! Right? I'm sure your son will do fabulous :-) Have a great weekend and, no worries. Find us some more wonderful English country houses to stalk.
    Cheers, Paula!

  12. Dear Paula, firstly I wanted to send a huge good luck wish for both you and your son for the new term! Also to say thank you so,so much for all your lovely messages and I have finally found your blog!!! I can't wait to have a look through (your drawing room looks so divine)! Warmest of wishes from this old farmhouse - Glenda xxx

  13. Wishing you and your son lots of luck and happiness for his new school! I remember that feeling so well.....
    Your previous post showing the Georgian house was a delight, Paula! And your own home is a delight to see too!
    Warm wishes
    Helen x

  14. Hi Paula, I'm so glad you left a message on my blog as now I have discovered yours!
    I'm sure your son will have a great time and there will be nothing to cause you concern, but I know how you feel!
    I know I shall enjoy having a look around your blog as already I am seeing gorgeous interiors, photos of your lovely home, just the kind of style I love.
    Gill xx

  15. I know exactly how you feel - so hard to let them go even a little, but he will do well, I'm sure!!

  16. Ooh love your blog!! Thanks for your nice comment on mine, I will try and post again soon! I share your love of Kate Forman and Georgian houses too, yours is beautiful!
    Love Sophie Honeysuckle xx

  17. You must be one proud mom! I can imagine how difficult it is to let go too! I'm not looking forward to that time when mine are at that age...XX

  18. Oh I remember that feeling very vividly...going from being one of the "big" kids at Junior School to suddenly felling really, really small at "big" school! Sounds like he will breeze through, clever chap.
    Hope you have a lovely the currant bun? fingers crossed,

    Sarah -x-

  19. Hello Paula, you have an absolutely beautiful blog! I'm so glad you found my blog as it means I've now found yours. I love the photo of you and your Mr on your wedding day, so beautiful! I look forward to following your diaries. Em ♥
    (Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, I'm so glad you like it.)

  20. Hello Paula..... so lovely of you to visit me and find like minded souls! I know what you mean when the children go to bigger school and also away from home! It is heartbreaking. We have a 24 year old son who lives in Los Angeles and a 19 year old son who lives in Brisbane at university and a 9 year daughter who I am holding onto fiercely!!! Your blog is so beautiful and I love the picture of the gorgeous school boys in top hat and tails ... fabulous! Thank-you for your wonderful commments.

    best wishes

    Frances aka M.A. the 2nd

  21. Aargh, I've so been there, always more nervous than my children and desperately trying not to project my anxiety onto them - cue scary rictus grin!! I haven't braved boarding school for ours though, I'm too much of a chicken for that!

    So glad you are blogging again, such gorgeous pictures you find, a real feast for the eyes! Belinda x

  22. It is SO hard to let them go!!! much harder for the Mama than the chick!! they do grow up so fast - sigh!!



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