Thursday, 5 September 2013

First Steps

Today my darling Billy started school.  He is still so young.   He won't be 5 years old until next April, but it seems like they take children much earlier these days.





Anyway the day went well.  Well half a day to be precise.  The little ones will be settled in slowly with hours increasing gradually over the next four weeks.  He trotted happily into school.  No tears...except from my daughter who can't quite believe that her baby has grown into a schoolboy.  And tears from Jimi all the way home after dropping Billy off, crying "I want my Billy".  Bless him.

And another first step today.  Mr A on his way to becoming a farmer, when he finally gets out of tourism at the end of this month.   He traded in his car for a truck.  He wouldn't have done this if he hadn't made the big decision...so I'm happy!



The temporary job which he hoped would happen for the winter months, didn't materialise, but he has plans to go around the villages selling things, like he has before.  Mesir Macunu, fish, and anything else he can obtain which will make a profit. 

We're never going to be rich, but we will survive, and at least I will get my husband back at long last.

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  1. It is amazing how young they take the kids to school nowadays. I don't think it is a very good thing, though.

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    1. Hi jedilost. Nice to see you again. It is rather young I agree. Although I think sometimes it depends on the child. Billy is very bright. He seems to prefer educational toys and pastimes rather than the usual playthings of his age group. A bit of a geek really! He has outgrown nursery school so I think he is ready.

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  2. So adorable! Hope he enjoys school!

    Ooh, farming sounds like fun! This coming from someone who seems to have the blackest thumb imaginable - I can't even make plants on a balconey thrive!

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    1. I think he will enjoy it Deniz. He couldn't wait to start!

      Ah another useless gardener like me. Very reassuring!

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  3. Lovely photograph...and I'm so glad he took to it so well. As you say he is probably more than ready to move on.
    I don't know about early...I started at four. Can't say I loved it from what I remember but I survived.

    I'm so glad Mr. A has taken the decision...you won't know what to do having him at home at last! (Do you think not watering the garden had anything to do with it....)

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    1. It's going to be quite strange having him around Helen, although the farmers in this village to seem to spend all of their free time in the teahouse, so I don't think he will get under my feet too much! I recklessly said a few weeks ago that I would probably pop down each day to help him on the land! I may well have to backtrack on that one.

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  4. Billy looks like a bright interested, ready to learn child. I hope his teachers tap into that and make his first venture into formal education an enchanting and exciting experience. 4 is so young isn't it....but as you say, some children are ready for the extra stimulation that good early years education can bring. At least in "reception", the emphasis is still on learning through play and experiences.
    My daughter Jess, began her teacher training course yesterday. I hope she always manages to keep pictures of children like Billy in her mind.....happy, eager sponges, ready to experience the wonders of the world !
    As for the news about Mr A. That is wonderful. The truck looks great, and to have him home...or at least close by in a tea room, will be fabulous. ( Maybe you'll develop a love for planting, nurturing and growing things in the ground after all ) Jxxxx

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    1. He really is eager to learn Janice. He could count and knew his alphabet almost as soon as he could talk. It's so important that their first experience of school is a good one.

      Errr...I doubt I will develop a love of gardening I'm sorry to say x

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  5. Linda, I am so happy for you!! I think he will be much happier working for himself. Fleur.X

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    1. I think so Fleur. The first year is going to be a struggle, but hopefully things will improve.

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  6. What a cutie....they sure grow fast.
    They start them here at 4 years old going into Junior Kindergarten for a full day. It use to be 2 years ago at 5 years old for 1/2 day....but they sure made a drastic change.

    Farming sounds like a good job....glad he took the decision. I know it will be strange having him around but in the last few years I got use to it....my husband works from home so my daughter says we are like glued together....:-)

    Take care....nice wheels. Do you drive????

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    1. Children seem to develop much faster these days Erica. They already know so much at 4 years old, so certainly ready for school.

      I hope farming will be the right decision. Fingers crossed. Yes I do drive, but I didn't renew my UK driving licence last year, so I would need to take a Turkish driving test now...not sure I can be bothered.

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  7. What a gorgeous photo of Billy. He sounds like he's taking to school life very well. Here in Mid-Wales they take children into school in the term in which they turn four, though of course they are in the reception class which is very much like nursery. I think it began because this is a very scattered, rural area and many children grow up with no near neighbours or other children to play with.

    As for the truck, now that's a concrete sign that Mr A is planning to make great changes. I wish him well, though you may have to rescind that offer, Ayak.

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    1. I think children at this age really need the company of other children. Nursery school was so good for Billy. He was very shy at first, but soon came out of his shell. It certainly helped with him starting school.

      Yes I will definitely be rescinding the offer of help with the farming Perpetua x

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  8. He looks so cute in his uniform. Round of applause for Mr A for getting out of tourism. I wish my daughter could.

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    1. I'm glad he has BtoB. I've waited 15 years for this. It's a shame your daughter can't get out of tourism. Such long hours for little reward.

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  9. Awwww! Cute Grandson!

    My Grandson has an end-of-August birthday so had only just turned 4 when he started school last September.

    Have to say he has settled in remarkably well and has enjoyed his first year of school life - unlike poor Helen!

    The new truck looks cool - best of luck with all your plans.

    Granny G

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    1. Thankyou Granny G. It's very reassuring when they settle into school well and nice that your grandson has enjoyed his first year x

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  10. Oh those first school photos - he looks absolutely gorgeous!
    Delighted to hear Mr. A will be staying at home - I'm pretty certain he'll be really good blogging value...as well as it being lovely for you to have him at home again.
    Fingers crossed for all new ventures.
    Axxx

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    1. He is gorgeous Annie..well naturally I think so!

      Yes Mr A should be good blogging value. We haven't had much about his adventures lately!

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