This week has been a week of the most glorious, hot, sunshiney summer weather and I've love love love love LOVEd it. Oh hot summer sun, please say you'll stick around for at least the next six weeks?!
This week I put on my official (woolly) Yarndale hat and helped run a stand at our towns annual Sheep Day. I also wrote a blog post about it, with more pictures if you'd like to go look-see. Eleven weeks to go till the Big Event, eeeekkkkk!!
This week my friend managed to move her whole dining table out into her back yard so that our Monday night crochet group could do some al fresco hooky. It was warm, relaxed and rather lovely.
This week I bought a small round paddling pool (a bargainous £2.99 from a local shop) and enjoyed many afternoons of splashy water play in the back yard with Little B.
This week I pegged laundry out on the line almost every day, the weather was perfect for it. I especially loved pegging out my bedding, inhaling the scent of freshly laundered cotton and loving the anticipation of bedtime.
This week was most definitely a week for fruity icepops, as our temperatures soared up into the 80's.
This week I treated myself to a new little melamine cup which had me in raptures over it's pretty cuteness. Ok, truthfully, a weeny lie as I actually bought two cups. See, there was a summer sale on at Fig1, and I couldn't resist. I just adore the danish company Rice DK, don't you? I could bankrupt myself quite easily by buying every single item they produce. I want to live inside this book. Or maybe take a holiday inside it.
This week I took little evening breaks in my back yard (usually in my pyjamas), savouring the beautiful feel of Summer. Still warm evenings, that particular smell that lingers after a day of hot sun, the sound of the neighbourhood going about it's outdoor summer business.
This week I pinched and squished these poor basil leaves every time I passed in and out of the back door, just so that I could inhale that heady scent.
This week I also plucked some of the above mentioned basil leaves and threw them into my dinner. I made a slow-cooked ratatouille sauce, then layered it into a dish with garlicky meatballs and chunks of mozzarella, baked in the oven until golden and bubbly. Served with pasta and lots of appreciative mmmm's from the family.
This week the Little People and I ate a shed load of luscious summer fruits. I visited the market often, and came back many times with my bag full of cherries, nectarines, strawberries and melon. Yes, I carried a whole watermelon all the way back from the market, it weighed a blinkin' tonne. Little B, you are very persuasive and next time I'm going to make you bring your rucksack and you can carry your own watermelon home.
This week (yesterday in fact) I took the Little People to the park after dinner, about 6pm or thereabouts, for an impromptu play. Little B ran all the way down this hill, whoooooping at full volume with sheer delight. I think he was happy to be there.
This week, at the above mentioned 6pm park outing, I dug my heels in and refused to enter the playpark, leaving my offspring entirely to their own devices. I had my old blanket spread out on the grass outside of the playpark and a magazine to browse. Love love love the summer mags, mmmm such delicious pages.
This week I treated my Little People to Proper ice creams from the Ice Cream Boat. Yes, we do have a rather jolly blue painted tug boat on the canal which sells ice cream, and it is located directly half way along our school run route. The Little People ask for ice cream at regular intervals when we pass by, but know the answer is usually no. Not so on Friday! Mum said Yes, whoop-whoop!
This week (today), I poured two rather large tumblers of Pimms and lemonade and sat in the heat of the afternoon sipping along with J. It was good, very good.
This week (also today) I finally remembered to go pick elderflowers before it's too late.
This week I realised that I only just made it in time as the elderflowers are already on their way over. Phew.
This week (today) I made a batch of fragrant elderflower cordial, much the same as I did last year. Only this year the weather was warm! And Sunny! And I wore a strappy little cotton vest top and sunglasses!! Yay for proper summer weather to accompany my elderflower cordial making!!
This week (and last week too) we have enjoyed some most fabulous, gorgeous, happy, sunny times with Connievan.....but more of that next time.
ps, this week has also contained one official Yarndale meeting, two unofficial Yarndale meetings, one school open afternoon, two end of year school play costumes, three teddy bears picnics, one emotional last-day-at-playgroup, one toddler song time, some forgotten paperwork, some late payments, some late bedtimes, a fair few hissy fits and a couple o tantrums. We are ready for the summer holidays.
pps, just incase you skipped over the Rice DK link above, I am gently advising you to go take a look. Go right HERE and open up one of the catalogues. Seriously happy feel-good visuals, you will LoVe it xxxxxxxxxxx