What a week it’s been. We finally had our summer holiday in Anglesey. It seemed such a long wait, getting through five weeks of juggling work but it was more than worth it.
We enjoyed a wonderful week away. I think it’s the first time we’ve been away for seven days, and it made all the difference (especially as it’s such a long drive!). And now we’re home again, with so much do to but feeling very relaxed about it all. Until Tuesday morning that is.
I’m finally been reading for pleasure. And what a difference it makes. I finished All the Light We Cannot See and absolutely loved it. It’s one of those books where it doesn’t go where you think it might, but it goes to so many place. I think it’s the beauty of detail which completely makes the book.
I moved onto The Essex Serpent after reading so many positive reviews. To begin with I was unsure, but it turned into another page turner. I loved how true it was to the time in which it was written, the conflict of faith and science. And a belief that a world bringing out the best in both is possible. And now, with a little rhythm for reading in place, I’m really hoping I can carry it on.
Being away meant the main thing I watched was the children playing in the sea. We managed to tune in for the Great British Bake Off and Celebrity Masterchef – I am so glad my children are becoming complete foodies. And hopefully this weekend we might be able to create something to get involved with The Great Bloggers Bake Off again.
And the moment of truth, I didn’t mind GBBO on Channel 4, but in tune to a reality programme- I didn’t love it. It seems to be missing a lot of chemistry, because it seems to want to replicate what’s been before. But saying that, it’s the first episode and probably needs to find its own pace. But there’s fantastic bakers and lots of fun- so it works for us.
I don’t think we’ve made anything this week, apart from a whole load of new memories. I’m so glad we discovered Anglesey and its beauty before we had children. At least we knew the 5-hour drive would be worth it.
We want to go back next year- in spite of visiting at least one new beach a day, there were so many beaches we didn’t visit.
In the meanwhile being in Anglesey meant I found a print we love for the living room. I can’t believe we found it, especially as agreed on it. It has detail he and I love, plus it’s a place we loved before children, and as a result of the holiday a place we all now love.And because of the print I now have a colour scheme for updating the space so I can start thinking about sorting that wallpaper, and the lack of curtains.
It’s been Birkenstocks for me. Thankfully. The DMs were packed but weren’t worn, so it did feel like we achieved a chunk of summer.
And for the children, I’d love to say it’s been all about the swimwear but they spent as much time in the sea in their underwear- such is their need to get into the sea as soon as they see it.
With a long drive, we’ve basically heard everything the children have demanded I find on Spotify. Fortunately it was interspersed with music which they haven’t heard before. It turns out the closest we’ve managed to get to a compromise it the Black Eyed Peas. Although that in itself made for the best laughs as E really tried to channel his inner Will.i.am and I loved my son a little bit more.
Where to start. It’s hard to believe it’s back to school next week. It feels now like it’s come around too fast. There’s so much we didn’t do this summer, but so much more we did.
I know the children are excited about the new school year. CM more so than the boys. And I’m hoping we’ve got everything ready.
I think I’m already looking forward to the October half-term. Which I can’t believe I’m typing. I know I’m going to miss the noise so much next week. I know we’ve made the most of the time off, but it just doesn’t feel like we’ve had enough.