Well, we made it!
School's officially out for summer and, gosh, does it feel good!
Blondie Daughter went off yesterday morning clutching, amongst other things, two apple brooches; one for each of her Year 6 teachers. (Handmade by my lovely talented pal Ali and currently for sale in her new Etsy shop.)
Blondie Son refused point blank to even take a card for his Year 9 teacher. Honestly, you'd think I'd suggested he propose to her. Aren't 14 year old boys funny?
Ooh, I do love the summer holidays. I love not having to get up and pack lunches at 6:30am. I love the break from the school run. I love that the afternoons feel so much longer. I love the ceremonial dumping of hanging-by-a-thread school shoes and seen-better-days uniform.
However. Years of experience have taught me that, in three or four weeks time, after hearing "I'm sooo bored" several hundred times and refereeing endless squabbles, I will be sorely tempted to drop both children back at school whether it's open or not!!!
Haven't we had the most glorious weather here in the UK this week? It looks set to continue for a little while which is fabulous news. Historically, the beginning of the school holidays heralds grey skies and rain. I think we only managed a couple of alfresco meals last year.
Our little garden is looking lovely and colourful at the moment. (Any droplets of water you see are from the watering can and not rain!)
I was precariously close to this bee as it went about it's buzzy business on my dahlias. Anything for a photo though!
I'm thrilled with my Nasturtiums. I grew them from seed and, at one point, did wonder if they were ever actually going to flower. Only this last week have the long tendrils appeared bearing a rainbow of flowers. Their petals are edible (quite hot and peppery) and delicious in salads, not to mention startlingly pretty.
My accidental strawberries - they appeared from a crack in the wall and are all the sweeter for thriving despite neglect!
It's been a delight to potter around in a pretty dress, squirt of perfume and not a lot else!
I've barely picked up a crochet hook this week. After-school parties, trips and awards ceremonies have eaten in to my precious early evening crochet time. I have been giving some thought to what to take away on holiday though. I want a nice portable hooky project to get my teeth into.
I'll leave you with a handful of my recent Instagram pictures ...
This week also saw me collect my very first pair of glasses. Rather than lament the gradual failing of my faculties at the age of 41 years old, I've decided to embrace my new specs appeal! ;-)
Have a wonderful weekend.