Scottish education, doggies, and Brexit

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The Scottish state-funded education system is brilliant. Daniel will be starting secondary school in August and they have a transitioning program for pupils that starts in primary 6, two years before they leave primary school. This began with short visits to the secondary school and has culminated this week with pupils getting to spend two full days and a half-day there in their classes and following the actual timetable they will have, come August.

They’re assigned buddies who are older pupils at the school who show them around. They get to meet their teachers and the other pupils in their class and this week there was also an evening for parents to attend and ask questions. All this has meant that Daniel is really looking forward to the transition. He’s already very familiar with the place and knows who will be in his class. I honestly can’t think of anything they could do better because they’re already doing everything. He was sold when he discovered you can get pancakes for breakfast at school if you go early.

A friend at work introduced me to a website called My Noise. I often listen to music when I work but sometimes I want background noise that isn’t music. My Noise has some nice sounds like rain, waterfalls, and the Irish Coast which is my favourite. Listening to the Irish Coast makes me feel strangely cold, even on a hot day. If you’re finding the weather unpleasantly hot right now, try listening to the Irish Coast and maybe your brain will trick you into thinking it’s cooler than it really is.

We had Millie today. She’s very comfortable with us now.


Last weekend we had Bramble for several days overnight which was lovely. I think she had a nice time with us.


Here’s Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan:


Here’s a quiz on guessing the city based on the cycle lane icon. I got 7/8.