Went to a great home ed gathering yesterday at Landmark. Long drive but love seeing the Highland scenery – trip to Findhorn on the way home was a bit of a bonus too Kids had fabulous time on everything. Charlotte was the only member of our family to brave the flumes. I love the tree top trail best but Daniel is scared of heights so it’s quite hard for him but he did it. He started a countries oriented game in Ant City (pictured below with all the children gathered on the climbing web). Love seeing all these kids of different ages playing together like that – am getting repetitive as I know I’ve said that before but it’s so good Had to drag them away from that to see the fire tower and Microworld. Was really a rather cold day with snow visible coming down on the mountains but it stayed dry until the journey home.
Watched some of Big Brother and the accompanying Little Brother last night. I try to find the good in all sorts of things We have discussions about all the social interaction and somewhat larger than life characters which is especially good for Daniel – along the same lines as the social skills groups I saw in school but works better for Dan as he hated being made to watch Eastenders! We all really like the man with Tourettes and it’s great to see how everyone has just seemed to accept him. Was interested to hear his story of how the syndrome developed when he was bullied at school. Our GP told us that Daniel was on the spectrum for Tourettes while he was being bullied – lots of nervous facial ticks and twitching going on. All faded away now though I see shadows of it now and again especially if something’s happened to bring back bad school memories. Anyway, I feel it’s good that such a mainstream programme is promoting knowledge about these things in a positive way (hope it stays positive).