So today is day two of the 6 week summer holiday! My son is 18 and finished college a few weeks ago but my daughter only broke up yesterday. I have to say it does make a change that the holidays are starting with good weather. Usually we have fantastic sunny days up until the holiday then it all changes. I can remember many a summer desperately trying to find things to keep them occupied whilst it poured down outside.
I have always tried to bring my children up enjoying traditional childhood activities. Picnics in the park, throwing stones on the beach, paddling pools and sprinklers, walks in the woods, beach days in wellies and pac-a-macs, building camps in the garden, playing with friends and cousins, bike rides .... just making memories.
Summer holidays gone by! Go-karts in France, cousins visiting from Florida, fun on the beach, hot days in the pool, and rainy days in Wales, dog walking in Bude x
So what do we have in store for us this year? Well now that my daughter is 15, life should be a little easier. Last year I made the mistake of not planning anything for me and by the end of the 6 weeks I was actually quite fed up and lonely. I realised I need to see friends. In the past that has meant ‘play dates’ with the kids and the mum’s but last year that seemed to change and it definitely won’t happen this year. But I can also plan ‘grown-up’ days out with my daughter and I can leave her at home while I go and meet friends for coffee, exercise or go shopping. And of course I will be dropping her off to meet up with her friends so I can escape and do my own thing.
We’ve had our main ‘abroad’ holidays for this year. France for New Year. Skiing at Easter. Turkey at half term. So we decided to head back down to our favourite spot in Dorset, more about that soon. We will be staying for a week in a log cabin and we will be taking the dogs with us. My son will join us for a few days with his girlfriend.
I have some days out planned too. Emily wants to have a day out in Chelsea and that is old stamping ground for my mum so I think we will pick them up and head to the Kings Road for shopping, lunch and a walk around the ‘village’. Another London day out will be to Hammersmith where my mum grew up. I’m hoping we will go for a walk past her childhood home, see the church where my parents got married and along the river which has all been modernised and provides a lovely walk with a stop for lunch. I also fancy a day out (or an overnight) to the beach, we often head to Brighton but I’m fancying West Wittering, maybe just me and Emily and a book each!
And of course being shopaholics we will be fitting in some shopping days too!
I’m pretty sure the time is going to fly by. My son will be working some of the time and doesn’t head to university until the end of September.
Happy summer holidays everyone!
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