The strange weather, neither Autumn nor Winter, has confused the plants and the beasties. Some plants have wonderful blossoms on show and all around lie dead leaves blown off the trees. Beasties that should only show in Spring occasionally pass by wondering why they are not hibernating or dead yet. It's all very confusing really.
I was quite confused myself today as I, with two others, attempted to deal with a herd of wildebeest at the museum. A large school party arrived and sauntered around eight or ten at a time. For most of the morning we sold our goods, checked the change, indicated £4 was not enough to buy £5:90's worth and helped the maths by suggesting dumping one or two items. On the whole it was successful but at the end off the first half dozen groups we were reaching for the tea wishing it was brandy! When I left there was a similar number still to come! Quite how they got so many on those buses I am not sure. It was good fun but exhausting. Quite how people decide to become teachers is beyond me!
One or two of the brats were a wee bit out of order, not unusual that, however talking to the lass who plays the Victorian teacher she was going on about the indiscipline in schools today. She herself is a retired teacher, all our Victorian teachers are, and upset that so little personal responsibility is taught. That begins in the home and so many kids do not have a stable home. The nuclear family is the only way and yet many of these kids have no idea of what this could be. Her complaint was really about the 'rage' and 'anger' that she finds in children, 9 or 10 years of age, because of problems at home. Indiscipline in school plus a policy of not touching or shouting at kids does not help. At one school she was asked to leave because she 'touched children.' The two boys were fighting under the desks and she pulled them apart! The teaching assistant complained and she had to leave! Good grief! Pull them apart and six of the belt and no more problems, or at least less often problems. Liberal parents, liberal schools, and a demand your rights approach does not produce kids prepared for life. They might end up as teachers!