Today these new black shoes were on Little B's feet and he started school age 4 years and 8 months. It's been a funny old day for sure. We had both been looking forward to it very much, him so excited to be starting out on his new journey and me dreaming of some long overdue time by myself.
The reality was very different to what I had expected. Not for Little B, no, no, he was just great. He bounded into the classroom full of happy confidence, he couldn't wait to get his hands on all that Fun Stuff. When I left him he was dressed up as Superman, chatting to his friend from nursery whilst waiting for his turn on the computer. I wandered slowly back along the canal, then spent about fifteen minutes aimlessly pottering about in and out of rooms photographing odd things. The house was full of deafening silence, so I put the radio on and made coffee. Sat in the big chair. And do you know what? For the first time in aaaaaaaaaaages, I felt lonely.
I drank my coffee and sat quietly working on a bit of blanket edging (the edge of the edge!). Crochet never, ever fails to calm my soul and rest my mind. But I decided that what I really needed was to go out. Out the house.....
....and down across the wet grassy slope of the park. Summer is gently drawing to an end and the first signs of Autumn were right there at my feet.
Sigh. I am really, really, really not ready to let Summer go just yet. Not until October I don't think. September is classed as Late Summer in my personal seasonal book.
I called at the supermarket for a few supplies and picked up a bunch of cheap n cheerful English Asters to take to the studio. Gosh, I've missed my studio very much, it was lovely to be back there today, pottering about, tidying up and knowing that I am at the beginning of a New Phase. From tomorrow, I'll have six child-free hours a day at my disposal and I am truly thankful that I have rather a lot of work on at the moment to neatly fill those hours. People keep asking me "what will you do with all the extra time now that Little B is at school?" And I reply simply that I shall work of course. I will go to my studio each day and work. Crochet, write, play with yarn. It feels unbelievably good to be able to say that, words cannot describe how good it makes me feel to know that I have such wonderful things to fill my daytime hours with. But crikey, I really did miss my Little People today, like really missed all three of them rather embarrassingly badly.
Another question I got asked a lot today was "did you have a Good Summer Holiday?" I answered without hesitation Yes, we did. It was a lovely summer, thank you. Just the right balance of everything and nothing, of leisure and laziness, of home and away. I think about the trips away that we've had this year and hope that the Little People enjoyed them as much as I did. We had a wonderful week in Dorset at the start, followed by some long, slow weeks idling about at home.
We had a family outing to the quirky little local cinema here in town to see a film that I cannot for the life of me remember now. Errrrrrrr (desperately racking brain for the answer....nope, nothing, a complete blank. Ok, give in, asking J....) yes, that's it, it was "How to Train Your Dragon 2", Little B's first ever cinema experience. He fidgeted a lot, on and off my lap, big yawns (huuuge yawns actually) even though it was the middle of the afternoon, but I think he enjoyed it.
The days we spent at home were pretty good I think, it's hard to remember every detail now but the overall impression is one of happy laziness.
Aside from the sewing and the baking, I didn't attempt to interfere with their activity choices. They played outside quite a bit, and they sat at the table on the odd occasion to draw or colour or snip up bits of paper. They made paper aeroplanes and Little B went through half a reel of selotape sticking random bits of paper together.
Some of the time they gamed too, Minecraft mainly, and some Lego and racing games. Oh, and Little Big Planet. I didn't mind it really, didn't feel the need to limit it as they kind of did that for themselves. The gaming/screen time never seemed to be all consuming, and I am glad about that.
We went out and about when we needed to, to get food, new shoes, school uniform, Birthday presents. This was Little Lady and I, out in the park one evening, counting up how many lamp posts line the pathway (I am master planning my yarn bomb strategy for Yarndale, there are Thirty One lamp posts that need yarning).
Summer evening light, how very much I love it. I wish Summer lasted a whole lot longer, it's already getting dark way too soon for my liking.
So our Summer holiday this year was pretty chilled, lazy even. I spent ridiculous amounts of time wearing pyjamas, I know this fact as I seem to be wearing them in so many of the photos! Photos of me baking, picking flowers, drinking coffee, crocheting, cuddling my children. All in my pj's. Thinking I am a bit of a slattern!
I just found this picture of Little B's snuggly toy that he takes to bed each night, he's had it since he was a wee babe. We named him Pengy Quin after a penguin character in a children's tv programme, and he is very well loved I can tell you. It made me happy to come across Pengy Quin one day, all wrapped up in Little B's favourite crochet items (round cushion and Vintage Stripe blanket, both made out of James Brett Kool Cotton, now replaced with a similar yarn called Cotton-On). Four years since I made that little pram blanket, when Little B was still a baby, and he remains very attached to it.
The final week of our summer holiday was spent with Connievan, and what a fantastic week it was too. It was a truly gorgeous family holiday, the sort where everything just kind of went right and stacks of happy memories were made.
We went back to one of our favourite places, to the beautiful coastline of Northumberland. I had worried that we might miss the comforts of the cottage that we usually stay in when we're in this neck of the woods, but truthfully, the caravan provided us with such simple, cosy, comfortable accommodation that we didn't miss the cottage at all. True, we didn't have sea views from the caravan (we were a mile inland) but we made up for that by spending most of our days beside the sea.
It was just fabulous. I took a huge number of sea-drenched photos, it was exceedingly picturesque you know. I'd like to share them here, if you don't mind coming along with me and strolling along the shoreline? I'll show you my Sea Treasure! And my new favourite beach! We will picnic and walk and paddle and beach comb and sky gaze! We will visit castles and flower gardens, and endless sandy shores.......until then, thanks as always for stopping by..........