Today I was to pick her up and bring her home for a break. I couldn't wait to see her again even though we were with her for her birthday just a few days ago. I guess my excitement was also heightened by the news that at some point during this day my first Grandchild was going to arrive, three weeks early as a result of my Daughter in Laws Pre eclampsia. Nervous of how things were progressing I was glad of the distraction of the drive to Dilston. Hayley would be excited too. She couldn't wait to be an Auntie and being home when the baby arrived was the icing on the cake.
Dilston College is set in beautiful surroundings and looks stunning at any time of the year. Today autumn was showing it off at its best. The large trees surrounding the buildings were shedding their leaves like a ticker tape parade and the rich colours brightened up even this damp and greyest of days.
The cottage that Hayley lives in is very old and is situated next to an old chapel and an even older castle ruin. The archway into the garden next to the cottage has the date 1661 carved into it giving a small clue to its history.
The door was open as I arrived and other parents were waiting to pick up their offspring. Hayley was so excited and couldn't wait to pack her belongings into the car. But before we could get going we needed to have a chat with her Personal Tutor who quickly brought me up to date with all that had happened since we dropped Hayley off in September.
Apparently she had been working really hard and had been getting on well in most of her sessions. There were, however, a couple of concerns, particularly with Hayley's lack of understanding about letting staff know where she was going after sessions finished and the fact that she had problems with sleeping. Neither of these came as a surprise to me. Hayley has always been a strong minded individual and sleeping had never been her strong point, especially as she was now expected to share a room with another young lady who probably had her own little routines and habits. So nothing to really worry about, in fact these were things that we had just had to learn to live with over the years.
So bags packed safely into the car we were off. Back home for the first time in weeks! This was going to be a busy time in the Brown household. Welcoming back a daughter and welcoming in our first grandchild, a little boy born later that day!