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Earlier in the year I was promised a week away in Falmouth by some wondeful, dear friends who own a holiday apartment. We were all emotionally and physically exhausted. I was really looking forward to taking the children on holiday as it was great to spend some quality time with them.
Skyla fell in love with this old fashioned bathing hat in a funky shop and spent her holiday money on it. It has a raised flowerly pattern. I just love her. She wore this in the evenings whilst she watched dvds. To say she was eccentric would be an understatement! We would all probably do anything to avoid wearing one of these hats!
Getting used to changes - four sets of beach shoes instead of five.
We wrote a message of love and some wishes for our family - apparently they wish I was a fairy - it would come in handy - that magic wand to make a house appear etc!
We put it in a bottle and then watched it float out to sea - hopefully it was a healing experience for the children at the end of a lovely holiday. I am so lucky to have such great friends and amazing children.
I love this - I am beginning to document the tiny details of life again that bring me so much joy. Skyla picked these flowers from the very large communal garden at the flat where the children stay with their Dad.
This is the view from my house at the moment. This was our family home for 13 years but we have to sell now. I am really going to miss this view.
My next move will be my 31st house move, all mainly done when I was a child.
At least I know I can make a home where ever I go and part of me is definitely looking forward to making over a tiny house for me and the children.
The trouble is we are massively downsizing and it is such a challenge to get it all down to a manageable amount to move. Even my furniture is too big!
Living by the sea is invigorating. There is a true gale happening outside today. It is very wild and windy. The combination of listening to the lively music that Juice, a great local Brighton radio station, play all day long and the sky going incredibly dark and grey called for a moment of .... I don't know what to call it but here is the result:-
Yes, nothing beats the warmth of a tea cosy on a wintery day plus it REALLY MADE US ALL LAUGH:-
1:- We were all smiling for the camera despite the fact we are hiding our faces for a blog photo!
2:- It is impossible to tell with a tea cosy on your head whether the self-timer has worked or not!
This morning looks like this. All the windows are open letting in the fresh sea breeze.
We have an inset day here so all the kids are still on half-term. They are making the most of having the last lazy day. The sea breeze is definitely 'fresh' and has a chill to it that means sitting on the sofa in your pyjamas eating your halloween stash requires sleep suits, blankets and mittens!
I was always convinced that my son had been born without the fear gene. Then in France, I saw his delight at the thought of swinging off this rope but I also saw a flicker of being a little bit scared (something I have never seen before in him).
It took a bit of gentle persuading to have a go. He had that look on his face like 'I know I really want a go and I can't actually leave here until I have had a go but this is scary!'.
So he negotiated the incredibly slippery mud on the bank with the help of my friend, Louise, who also lifted him up as he could not reach the rope. I filmed and photographed his bravery - well you can't go too near yucky mud with a camera can you! Anyone on the mud slipped over like Scooby Doo antics - very funny from a distance!
Whoosh! His face was a picture when he finally surfaced from under the water. We have just watched the video clips back again and again - we smiled and laughed. I could tell he was really proud of himself. Hugging each other I remember the little flicker of fear on his face as I told him I was really proud of him and that he was so brave to overcome it. Challenging ourselves daily I am sure is good for the soul. It helps us draw on our bravery when times are tricky and can provide us with fab memories to laugh at. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee .......
#1 Sniffing freshly laundered clothing on a cuddly little child who tells me all day long he loves me - no wonder I miss them all and get so glum in September.
#2 No pack lunches to make each evening, just simple cut up fruit, veg, crisps and cheese. Obviously this will need rethinking as I don't think they will tolerate 7 weeks of snacks.
#3 Being outside - the parasol is there because of spitting rain not to keep the blazing sunshine at bay! It really is a bit much when even little 5 year olds discuss the fact that rain clouds are coming when we are talking about going to the park!
I love the children being at home to help the helter skelter of life slow down - I enjoy taking a moment to take some photos of the flowers.
The gardens, as we in blogland have all noticed, have been really great this year. I still marvel at nature providing such vibrancy.
This week is partly about treading water, you know flipping about in limbo as we wait for the next Open House weekend. This means the house is in turmoil as all the furniture is all in the wrong place - not a good move at the beginning of the summer holidays! However, it is also the end of the school year. We can't wait for tomorrow morning when the sound of alarm clocks being ignored in the house wont pervade our happiness - amazing how even 6 year olds can be allergic to that irritating noise!
At the weekend I was given two gorgeous bunches of flowers. Sarah gave me a gorgeous bunch of lilies that we placed in several vases around the house that really set off the Open House beautifully. Sarah worked her socks off here AND gave me flowers. What a lovely person - I am still recovering from her generosity of spirit.
The second bunch was from Ann - a bright riot of colour. The bunch, as a whole fantastic, yet each individual bloom gorgeous too.
So life has been like that this whole year. Little bits of wonderment intertwined to make some very lovely times with friends and children. Don't get me wrong there has definitely been the odd occasional invasion of horrible weeds that seem to choke the very life out of everyone but we have soon given that trouble the boot and moved on to better things. An evolving life is so important. It is so important to remember the children are growing emotionally and physically every minute and they keep me on my toes keeping up with their ever changing personalities. In summary, though a very good end to a very busy school year and hopefully the start of a wonderful summer holiday.