Friday, 5 September 2014

random things summer holidays weeks 5 and 6 and the start of a new term

week 5.

Five days at the Yorkshire Coast, walking, reading (August's #year in books - Life after Life by Kate Atkinson - I described the plot to the family who repeatedly asked "is she dead yet?" until I'd finished it.   Even without this I found the plot a little disconcerting.......) fossils, fish and chips, ice creams and wave watching,

then long drives on busy motorways, a day of wizards and witches and all things magical, then a day of cake and party clothes and champagne.

week 6.

More motorways, idle wandering through Cambridge colleges in the rain, friends and feasting, a cup of tea in the park with a lovely magical bean, more motorways, returning home with the Mount Everest of laundry, doctors appointments and shopping for school trousers,

then a coffee lady and some lattes, a magic bag of liberty scraps and some quilt planning advice, a huge chocolate cake with so much chocolate and sugar it could kill someone apparently, a party on the beach, wine, laughter, endless cups of tea, all in all the perfect end to the holidays.

new term.
new school for E, new uniforms (the new trousers are already too short, how is this possible?) new timetables and planners and satchels, new routines, newly quiet house.
It could take a bit of getting used to.


  1. This all sounds wonderful. And is some wedding cake - wow!
    Isn't it incredible how fast children grow; my son seems to have grown like a something in my garden this summer! xxx

  2. What a lovely holiday you have had - so many treats and outings. The wedding cake is quite spectacular but if I am honest I would choose the chocolate cake - even if it killed me.

  3. I love the wedding cake. And I can relate to the short trousers. I had to return Olly's, and he hasn't even started school yet. I blame all the ice cream.
    Leanne xx

    1. oh I blame the ice cream too. although my trousers aren't too short. more too tight........

  4. Oh that's what I call a cake. Fabulous. That happens to trousers in this house as well, it's a mystery how it happens and it's very frustrating. Lucky you getting to wander round Cambridge, I'd love to visit there again, it's been years and years since I've been. I hope you have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

  5. I loved Life after Life but I know what you mean about it being disconcerting..........

    That cake! It's amazing! I wouldn't dare cut it.

    Sounds like you have had a wonderful two weeks :)

  6. Sounds like you have had a great summer

  7. I feel as if there will be very little quiet in a couple of weekends!! V. Excited now.

  8. I totally loved Life After Life! Love that wedding cake too, the little doves with the top hat and veil made me laugh! (In a good way) X

  9. Wow -- it sounds like you packed a whole lot of wonderful into a few short weeks. How can it all be over already? Sounds like a great summer break!

  10. sounds like fun (and that cake!!! looks amazing). Now that they're at school you can relax a little... and tell us more about that quilt...

  11. Goodness, you've been busy, but it does all sound like fun. I hope you're settling in to the new term and new routines. x

  12. It sounds like a whirlwind of wonderfulness. I hope the back-to-school landing hasn't been too hard!

  13. What an incredibly FABULOUS wedding cake!! It's very OTT--love it!! Such much you crammed into your holidays--and that's what holidays are for, hey--savoring every drop of everything. This post sparkles with all the fun--thank you. :o) ((HUGS))

  14. Wow, what a cake! And I love the look of those scraps and that patchwork at the end. Sounds like you had a great end of the hols. Hope you're all settling back into routine now. I'm not getting used to the new term yet, I miss Summer!


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