All Over August!

I can’t quite believe August has been and gone .. but then having the children around and everything kinda whizzes by, normally with a bit of a kerfuffle.  It’s not been a bad month all in all,  far better than the weather – which quite frankly if that was it for summer I’m more than disappointed.

There have been a few things last month that have kept me going and made me smile….

ROCKLEY

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Fortunately for us, we started August brilliantly with a fabulous family holiday in the south of France (see my previous  post TOTALLY ROCK(ley)ED IT! ).  It was a hellishly long journey via car and ferry – but totally worth it to have a week of sunshine, sailing, good food and good company.  Sadly as the tan fades, it seem’s forever ago that we were sunning ourselves in Azur… a distant memory – but a very good one!

TIC TACS

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I first bought this big box of mini Tic Tac packets when Jules and I did Ibiza last year and they went down so well with the kids that I bought another box on the ferry on the way back from France.  They’re perfect for handbags and pockets and the kids love that I’ve usually got some hidden about my person.  If all hell breaks loose, their tasty cuteness normally bribes them out of their mischief!  (Believe me when I say on occasion bribery and corruption is the only way forwards).

NUTELLA FLIPOVERS

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I’m not sure we’d have survived the hols without this spreadable delight.  The kids love it and it’s their ‘go to’ snack of choice.  The Nutella Flipover is infamous in our house.

PRIMARNI

Rushing around theWhite Rose shopping centre on a rare outing with my daughter last week we found ourselves in Primark.  I’ve only ever nipped in a couple of times before and I’ll be honest I hadn’t really realised what all the fuss was about.  Anyway, on this occasion, something in the window display took Scarlett’s eye and she dragged me inside.   We had a good browse and I can only summise that it’s a lot like Ikea, in that you nip in for one thing and end up with a veritable amount of bargains – none of which you particularly needed!  I bought quite a few things to try and I’ve been particularly impressed by the PS range.  I particularly like the Oil Balancing Facial Wash and the Minty Breath Freshener (which I find saves me from the nibbles above all else).  The packaging isn’t unattractive either and sits nicely here in the bathroom with my long term friend Molton Brown.  (Sorry the photo’s a bit blurry – my camera’s playing up).

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CAROL McGIFFIN – CARPE DIEM

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I‘ve heard of Carol being described as Marmite , but personally I’ve always rather liked the ballsy, gutsy one from Loose Women .  Always upfront and ever controversial – I applaud her for speaking her mind.  Carol disappeared off the radar for some time after being diagnosed with Grade 3 Breast Cancer.  At 55 years she’s back, sporting a very fetching elfin haircut and having stared cancer in the face, now one breast lighter – but with positivity and from the other side.  There’s a lovely article in Closer Magazine this month welcoming Carol’s return to the public eye, documenting her journey and encouraging everyone to live for the moment. Wise words, Carol. http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2015/09/carol-mcgiffin-shows-off-new-elfin-crop-i-refused-to-see-cancer-as-a-battle

SCHOOL RULES

IMG_9697 (2)So, they’re all back.

It’s frightening how quickly they’re growing up and becoming more  independent.  I have photographs from the return to school in previous years and, indeed, it seems like only yesterday that each of them was starting on this educational journey.  Cripes – it makes me feel SO old!

The house is unnaturally  quiet – and it’s strange to be able to hear myself think and it’s high time I became productive again..  but after 7+ weeks of bedlam I’m EXHAUSTED.  I’m  really not achieving much,… yet there’s so much to do.  I’m spending too much time procrastinating and despairing at my ‘To Do’ list,  if I’m perfectly honest, … but sooner or later I will be spurred into action and there will be no stopping me.  I do miss the madness – but both prior to and after the school day it’s more manic than ever.  It’s a military procedure getting the troops up ready and off in a morning. God love ’em!  

Now, I don’t want to speak too soon – but my peace lily is suddenly looking rather perky too!  Funny dat!

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I’m hoping that, like our lily, both a good routine and my untapped energy source will emerge in the coming weeks! I can’t wait for my ‘can do’ attitude to kick in! WTS…

JUMP

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After a couple of more challenging reads I needed an easier more frivolous one, some less taxing escapism – so I’ve just read Jump by Jilly Cooper.  I haven’t read anything by her in a while and it wasn’t as smutty as I remember them.  Enjoyable though and I raced through it – enjoying the horsey theme and the extreme characters.

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HATTASTIC

I’ve spent a lot of time sat around in the car lately .. watching rugby training, hockey, cricket and the likes, so, when I haven’t been reading I’ve been knitting.  I’m still finding it really therapeutic.  I decided it wasn’t too soon to attempt a hat and Scarlett was the lucky recipient.  Not too shabby for a first attempt!

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PLEASE VOTE FOR ARCHIE & THE LATE GREAT TETLEY DOG!

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My brave soldier hasn’t had the easiest of summers and has a massive operation looming – which I’ve been desperately waiting for (there’s nothing quite so heartbreaking as seeing your child suffer), but, as much as I know he needs the op,  I’m dreading it too.  Ironically, I happened across a competition online just the other day in association with Love MyDog and Woobox.com to win the beautifully illustrated book ‘Archie Loves Skipping’ and a designer dog collar.  The children are constantly nagging me for a new dog (we miss Tetley so very much and it’s left a massive space in our lives) and ‘pug sitting’ for a friend recently has only highlighted this, but I know that we just have to wait.  We know we can’t take on another furry family member until we know that Archie is through the worst and on the mend.  I’m thinking this competition was made for us, it’s more than a coincidence, (albeit I can only wish that Archie could skip!)… I just love reading to Archie, he loves the interaction, and this would be  a nice book to add to the collection.  Please vote here for him  http://bit.ly/1MdQYK5   Thanks 🙂

 

So it’s onwards and Upwards through September for us all I hope – and here’s wishing for lots of luck to see Archie through to the other side.

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