Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



Back to School for the Autumn term

Michaelmas daisy 2-1

That’s it the summer is over, the boys are back at school (actually they went back last Friday, which seemed like an odd day to start, but never mind). Joe and Tom posed for the traditional ‘first day of term’ photo* before they left for the bus and I promptly sent Joe back in the house to change his trousers, it seems I hadn’t been rigorous enough** in the cull of trousers from the previous academic year, they were half way up his shins.

Tom got all new gear, now he in 6th form he is required to wear a suit. Thank goodness for Next Directory, it saved trawling round town with a teenager and any heated debates about suitability of said suit could be confined to home, excellent, for both of us.

* Easy to take such a simple family ritual for granted

** Idle would be a better description of the trouser cull

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Michaelmas

  1. We also had a traditional first day of school photo. They are quite special, at least to me. I think they will be more special to the kids when they are older-my age? Plus, I think their kids will enjoy them as well.

  2. Sadly, it’s been years since I could get mine in front of the camera before school. It was nice while it lasted, though. A suit? For school? Mind you, it would probably be easier to agree on than our annual ‘battle of the hemlines’ while shopping. Yes, she has a great pair of legs, but I still don’t recall enrolling her at St Trinian’s.

    • LOL! My teenaged self scissored off all my skirt hems, turned the fabric up half an inch, and beat Granny in the battle of the hemlines, since we couldn’t afford to replace the skirts. (We won’t tell your daughter!)

    • Around here schools seem to be swinging back in favour of a stricter dress codes, one having gone from polo shirts and sweatshirts to blazer collar and tie this term.
      Having a suit mean less angst and expense when he does need to turn out tidy and at least they start to look comfortable in them after the first few day. I’m sure it is an awful lot cheaper than if they had free rein.
      Ahh the battle of the hem lines, glad I don’t have to go there.
      Our start of term photos are not the best, hurriedly taken with the boys joshing one another, they win no prizes

      • When I was at school, we didn’t have a uniform, and I recall the problems it caused. They definitely make it easier for parents to put the foot down about designer gear. I really shouldn’t admit this, but at High School I wouldn’t have been seen dead in a skirt, but my jeans were so tight they might as well have been painted on! Aah, the 80s.

  3. I am completely flummoxed. A suit. A suit? Astonishing. Fell-runners and teenaged boys in suits. You are a fierce people.

    • I don’t wear a suit when I’m running… in fact I only wear a suit for very, very special occasions. Young Tom seems to be pretty relaxed in a suit already (better than a school blazer) and he looks the bees knees, although I may be a little bit biased.

      • I do take your point. I suspect you are not at all biased, but I plan to inspect some bee knees just to be sure. I remain awed at a nation where teenaged boys wear suits without actual duress. Although come to think of it, the fashion may have changed here without my noticing. I am positive we lack fell-runners in or out of suits.

  4. Nice picture of a hoverfly (one of my favourite creatures in a long list of favourite creatures!).

    I have tried many times to photograph these intriguing insects myself and can appreciate the success of this picture.

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