That's the gentle sound of me exhaling after an extremely hectic and emotional week. Yes, we have arrived at the end of the school year and the beginning of the six week summer holidays, and I for one am more than ready for it all to unfold.
This past week has been oh-so-busy, but I have tried to keep grounded in the present moment, to keep a check on my surprisingly wayward emotions, and to continue listening to my body when it starts shouting at me for rest. I have kept my eyes wide open for the Little Pleasures, drinking them in and savouring these delicious, warm, light-filled summer days. Our morning walks to school have been especially lovely, both on a scenic level, and on a chit-chat level. I absolutely love the ten minutes of continuous chatter that emerges from Little Lady as soon as we set foot out of the door each morning, it's always so varied and often very funny. However, she has been sad this week, saying goodbye to some close friends who are moving on to secondary school while she still has another year to go. Being left behind is tough and I have felt for her, mopping the tears and giving big hugs.
Little B has enjoyed his very last week at nursery, and I faced my very last week as a pre-school Mum. It is such a bitter-sweet time, so happy (he seems so happy about starting school!) and yet very sad also. I have cried today, tears of gratitude and just a general cascade of tired, worn out emotion. So much change, and yet not so much really, just another stage beginning. I have love love loved my Little B's sweet company during these summer afternoons when it has just been the two of us, and now it has come to an end. I shall miss it.
We baked lemon shortbread this week (this recipe, it's very good) and ate it outside whilst still a little warm with some beautifully sweet strawberries.
We have pottered about outside, in and out, front and back, doors wide open in the heat of these hot afternoons. We have watered our plants and carried out our daily search for wildlife. My roses are looking fantastic this year and are giving me so much pleasure.
On Wednesday afternoon it rained, a short, sweet summer shower. We have had very little rain during the past month and mostly I've been extremely happy about the day-after-day of warm, dry summer. I get to paint my toenails turquoise blue and wear flip flops every day! But on Wednesday I just loved the rain very much, I loved the sound of it falling and most of all I loved the smell of it.
I had my back door open and kept popping out into the back yard, stupidly pretending I needed to actually go and do something Very Essential, but really just wanting to go and look at the wet plants, sniffing them and feeling the cool rain pattering hard on my back and head.
Little B and I often call at the market on our way home from nursery to re-stock with fresh fruit. I have learnt to refuse the watermelon pleas, but pretty much let him choose whatever he fancies. He actually loves tomatoes more than anything else, so often we come home with a bag of those which he eats like fruit. But strawberries are wonderful at this time of year and very cheap too, so those nearly always come home in our bag. One afternoon this week we stopped by the side of the canal to sit and eat some straight from the punnet, such a precious little memory of this pre-school summertime.
We've been to the park too this week, yesterday I think it was, although it really was a bit too hot to be honest. All the metal play equipment was burning hot, so we ended up sitting in the shade together beneath the climbing frame, pretending we were in a café. Little B has the most beautiful eyes, beginning to change now from blue to green just the same as his big brother, and just the same as me. I remember having blue eyes for the longest time as a child, and then being stunned one day when I looked in the mirror and discovered actually my eyes had changed to green and I hadn't even noticed it happening.
And finally, we have a seedling!!! Oh, we are such proud gardeners here at number 24!! Little B's Pumpkin seedling is in fine fettle and we are nuturing it to the very best of our ability. Grow little pumpkin, grow. But maybe not as big as a Mammoth.
ps Thank you all SO MUCH for the terrific response to the Bower Bird pattern, I am thrilled to see bower birds hatching already, and have found myself smiling often at the thought of that. We are making fantastic progress with the PDF thingy, J is very skilled with this sort of thingy and is helping me produce a rather swish looking set of pages....it'll be 5 or 6 pages long and written as a standard pattern, so not the full tutorial but I have included some photos to help along the way. I will of course let you know as soon as it's ready, should be in the next day or two. Have a terrific weekend, whatever you get up to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx