There is a complete joy to being off over the summer holidays. Whilst nothing compares to a whole six-weeks off, my fortnight away from work is much welcomed. I’m slightly despondent that I’m already a week into my two, but fortunately the second sees us taking a break as a family. Much needed, much welcomed. After taking some last-minute photos for this post before we left, we’ve arrived in North Wales and I have, of course, forgotten my camera cable. So, some quickly recreated phone photos are in their place….
The boys and I went to London for a few days. Our plans for one evening changed with the weather and it came down to Open Air Theatre in the rain or a Nerf war in our hotel room. Knowing me as well as they do the boys offered to find a bookstore. That my bed would be off-limits in Nerf terms. I do love my boys. And Waterstone’s.
So, I’m now reading “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. It was just one of those books which appealed. The title grabbed me, and I’ve always been drawn to learning about World War II and its impact. So I picked it up as part of an offer.And whilst I definitely didn’t get any pages turned whilst dodging bullets, the five-hour car journey saw me turning pages. I am so glad I took the chance.
It’s one of those books which confused me in the first pages but has had me turning all the pages. Telling the story of Marie-Laure and Werner at the start of World War II it really draws you into the characters. Fortunately for me, whilst it is keeps you attention, it has short sections. Which means I could referee car spotting battles between losing myself.
London is good for the soul. Especially when there’s theatre involved. I am sure the boys loved the theatre of Covent Garden as much as the West End. But we are agreed that after loving Gangsta Granny we’re looking forward to Awful Auntie later in the year.
Oh, I wish I could tell you what I’ve heard music wise. But it’s been zero. I’ve heard crying, squabbling, laughter, squeals of delight. I’ve heard the sounds of family on constant. And yes, I know I’ll miss it so much when they’re back in school and I’m trying to focus on work.
I’ve finished painting the hall this week, which means I’ve also been decorating and making a start on creating a memory wall. I now need to start on the stairs and landing. Although I think the stairs may end up being delegated to Mr J as my arms are far too short.
I’ve managed to get this far not mentioning that it’s been my birthday. My hints now have stones weighted to them. Which of course means I now have the armchair of my hopes and dreams for my office (well, apart from SATC Carrie’s leather armchair but I have a price bracket). And some pin badges from Veronica Dearly to adorn my jacket.
It’s finally time! We’re having a family holiday. I can’t wait. Although I have no idea what we’re going to do. We’ve been so used to holidays with entertainment on tap or friends nearby. I know we don’t need to worry as the school holidays have proven how well the children adapt to every situation and enjoy each others company.
But! We’re off to a place Mr J and I loved so much pre-children, I hope the children agree.