Picketing outside the school gates-just me and my friend who is the union rep. Some of the other teachers were going to meet her on the march which I didn't go on, but I am glad I turned up to picket with her or she would have been on her own! I have never picketed before. It was quite fun. We handed out leaflets to the parents of children who were in-not all the classes had striking teachers so they were open.We chatted to the staff going in and to the head. It was all very amicable. Striking is not done lightly but that doesn't mean it has to be horrible. The main points that are at issue remain-working for longer, paying higher pensions, no guaranteed pay progression and increasing workload. Ages ago I worked out the hours I work in a year. I get paid over a year based on 27 and a half hours every week, which includes all weeks. I worked out that I work roughly 37 and a half hours over all the weeks in the year. I am owed thousands!
Ranger's House. It was lovely and made even more so by the fact that there was hardly anyone there. You don't get that at the weekend unless the weather is particularly bad.
There is scaffolding on the Observatory. It looked beautiful shining in the sun.went away for a while and then came back. I hope it stays. It is where Moore wanted it to be.
A golden shining path of leaves leading to the market.
Little faces looking out.
The glass heart cleverly camouflaged.
Squirrel holes? There were lots of Chinese people in the park foraging under the sweet chestnut trees, their carrier bags bursting with them. As I walked around I felt very peaceful and happy. A brief respite from the mad week. It was good to see things I would normally miss, and not feel under pressure for once. I did come home and do my work in the afternoon but I didn't have to I just chose to.
I loved this tree against the sun. So dramatic looking.
It is a wreck when you get close.
Amazing it is still standing.
Later on I saw this sign which, with its orange netting is just the perfect choice for the season!