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I have to post this before the ''content strike' begins.

For anyone who remembers the trouble our school is going through and has sent me support in the past, well, we had another day of observations on Wednesday and the verbal feedback is very positive. 

I was observed teaching a Literacy lesson, concerning our very local part of the Legend of King Arthur. Martin Mere was once the largest lake in this part of England until it was drained to make more farmland. In our small locality, it is deemed to be not only the lake from which Arthur received Excalibur, and returned it on the day he 'died', but also the origin of Sir Lancelot of the Lake. The lesson went very well and I breathed a huge sigh of relief at the end of it.

We just have the Planning and Book Scrutiny to get through now for a clean bill of health.

Four days off now. Hurray!

There's not much left of Martin Mere but what there is is now a Waterfowl Trust reserve.

http://www.wwt.org.uk/centre/121/martin_mere.html

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Sep. 16th, 2007 04:46 pm
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It's 4.30pm and here comes the rain that has been threatening all day. It's been blustery since last night loosening the earliest autumn leaves. What a downpour! Rain is bouncing a good 5cm off the shed roof. The sky has gone quite dark and the trees are thrashing to and fro. I am so relieved that it held off till now because the annual Northern Counties Heavy Horse Society's September ploughing match has been on today barely three miles away. I usually walk there and back but the looming  clouds put me off today. It's a good job that I didn't go or else I'd have been soaked! At least the match should be over by now so the horses won't be travelling cold and damp. I have lots of lovely photos from other years but nothing in my pc--I'll have to rectify that.

The swallows, martins and swifts left a few weeks ago and this morning I heard the honking of a flock of pink-footed geese flying overhead at 6am. They come from Iceland, after a brief stopover in Ireland, to spend the winter at Martin Mere, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site about six miles away. They started coming back about a week ago and will be arriving by the thousand in the next few weeks. Yes folks, that brief Summer we had is over.

http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/192/sightings.html

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