Friday, 6 May 2011

Off yesterday with A and J to the safari park. A less stressful trip than my last outing to there (if you discount H's whinging). An atrocity of a venture run by two enthusiastic student teachers with 60 kids and an assortment of long suffering teachers, support assistants and parents in tow.  It is an extremely stressful job trying to keep your eyes on 12 kids in a crowded safari park. The day started off  by being the hottest and muggiest of the year and most of the little darlings, H included, had sneakily drank the juice out of their lunch boxes before we even reached our destination.  One parent had given her child a bag that would have been too heavy for a mule to carry, let alone a five year old and muggins ended up carrying it around ( no wonder I have to see a chiropractor). When we arrived I noticed a child in our group was very quiet and asked if he was okay. He then informed me that he had thrown up prior to leaving home that morning. Great. It wasn't his last. As we watched the sea lion show I heard the familiar sound of someone heaving their insides up - all over two schoolbags which I was lucky enough to have to clean.  It is amazing how you just do things when needed. The alternative was travelling home with two pukey school bags in a stuffy bus. A disaster waiting to happen. While this was all happening someone had sucked their lips into a juice bottle so hard that they had left a swollen blood filled circle on their mouth. We turned round in horror to view Mick Jagger's love child. Then to crown it all someone wet themselves - and all in our group of twelve kids.

This time we trailed round in the rain, L was crying within ten minutes after going down a wet slide and ending up with ringing drawers. I can't believe I ended up in the middle of a lake in the pouring rain, in a life jacket going round in circles in a pedalo. Oh dear. Actually the day went well given the weather and the kids enjoyed themselves so it was worth the trip. A long journey home -  we managed to go on the wrong road and were heading for Glasgow instead of Edinburgh but hey ho, fun none the less.....