Wednesday’s Fostering Blog
It seems to have been an Easter holiday of two halves. Last week was full of challenging and emotional behaviour from Alice, long deep breaths from Charlie and I, and time-outs for everyone. This week, on the other hand has been completely different. This may well be due to the fact that we have had three days where Alice has been booked in to the local disabled club for activities. It has given us all the break from each other that we have needed, especially following such an exhausting week last week.
Charlie has the week booked off so we have tried to make the most of the time we have together – just the four of us. Today we decided to visit a local castle. This is not something we have done with Alice, because we know that it has very poor accessibility as it is over 1000 years old. As well as the cobbled lanes leading to the castle it is set up on a hill also the castle itself is inaccessible with many hundreds of steps to negotiate. This is not something we would be able to manage with a child in a wheelchair.
We really enjoyed meandering around the castle, having fun looking at some of the portraits and imagining what life was like for the residents of this castle 1000 years ago. I have to admit we were not taking things very seriously, and got some cold hard stares from some tourists! After we had finished looking around the castle, we looked around the local town and stopped for lunch in a local bakery.
With glorious sunshine good company and time out from what is often quite a challenge we really felt rested and ready for the next few days ahead. On days like these, it is a reminder to us all that from time to time we need time out – so that we can do the best job we can with Alice.
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