And just like that the summer holidays are over! I love the holidays; Ok the routine of term time is great, but they grow so quickly before you know it they are working all summer and booking trips to Amsterdam with their friends. So trust me when I say savour every holiday. Counting on them starting school at 5 you only get 12 summer holidays tops.
Maybe I have treasured the holidays the older the boys have got, knowing full well that time was slipping away.
So here is what I have liked and loved this week.
Spending time with friends and family.
At the weekend we spent time with some of our fave friends, it always ends up a late one with maybe a bit too much pink fizz. However we laugh so much and have a great time. Our children have grown up together and it’s amazing to see them have that same relaxed comfortable friendship that we all have.
Before Joe went back to school we also decided to take a trip to Richmond to do lunch with my nieces and nephews.
We had the loveliest time, walking along the waterfalls and catching a quick-lunch. We don’t see each other enough; you know what life is like? Blooming crazy! But I adore spending time with them, it makes we realise we should all make so much more effort to book the time in. I took some gorgeous photos of them all, but they are not really mine to share so here is one of the view of Richmond from the waterfalls.
This week brought the back to school routine.
I didn’t talk about it here but the sleepless nights started 2 weeks ago. What if this year was like last year, what if, what if? But with the first week almost over and with a happy boy coming home from school I am starting to relax. I didn’t even share a first day back photo, I felt too sick. And all the photos on the Internet just made me feel really sad, sad that I felt such fear about our education system. I didn’t want to temp fate like last year.
However the school he is now attending has a different set of standards, the sort I would expect from anyone shaping the adults of the future. So whilst I am not celebrating yet, I am to scared too. I am slowly feeling able to relax. Relax in the fact that this year I can trust the adults in charge to safeguard him and ensure he gets a great education.
Pretty new clothes
In the hope of an Indian summer my new dress and sandals arrived this week. I just love the colours perfect for September and love the pretty Bardot style, but with longer sleeves. I have so loved wearing dresses this summer and am just not ready to go full-time back into my jeans. Wearing more dresses was one of my targets of the summer as I live in jeans, and I think I am going to carry that into autumn.
Trying out new products
For the last couple of weeks I have been trying out Wild Olive skin care products and I have to say I really like them. They are so reasonably priced and I love the results. It took me a while to get used to the thick consistency of the night cream and also the fact that it has no smell. But the ethos of the company is to use all natural products and be cruelty free, which can only be a great thing.
Sharing a new recipe
I made this delicious strawberry mousse a couple of weeks ago, its perfect for dinner parties as its light and healthy. And if there is one thing I love more that eating food it’s taking photos of it.
And the week ahead?
Wow I am 46 this week, arghhh. But I do love birthdays and plan to spend the day having lunch and a swim with one of my friends and a family dinner at home with my boys in the evening. I am also off to the Trafford Centre at the weekend for Stylist Live which is packed with style inspiration and tips for the season ahead, I am so looking forward to it and seeing what’s new for the next season.
And then next week I am off for a tour around Batch Gin to see behind the scenes of how gin is made, I am not going to lie, I am feeling slightly giddy about that.
And that’s me! I thought this week had been a quiet one, but I think that every week until I look back.
Have a lovely week whatever you have planned.
Linking up with the lovely Jocelyn over at the Reading Residence for Word Of The Week