Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Wot I mostly did on my summer holidays

And so the summer holidays end. And with it, the start of glorious weather. How ironic. It has been an exhausting, but lovely 5 weeks. If I were feeling less shattered, I'd attempt to write something clever or moving or poetic. But as it is, I can barely keep my eyes open. So instead, here's my first-day-of-school-summer-holiday-recap. Sit quietly in the front row, put your hand up and you'll get your turn to tell us about yours next:

  • Fantastic break up day party involving parents getting far too drunk but it certainly set the tone for the rest of the holiday
  • Three days of actual work, while the children had a ball with their childminder.
  • Two weeks in Greece. I could write a lot about this. But suffice to say that week 1 saw our children in kids clubs from 9am to 5pm daily (despite us offering to take them out repeatedly - they declined as they were having too much fun) and then video club from 7pm - 11pm. So really utter bliss during which I suntanned, swam and sailed (and drank unhealthy amounts of Greek wine and Mythos beer). The highlight had to be sailing in dinghy races daily, something I haven't done since I was a teenager, and I won! In fact I kicked butt. It felt marvellous. I was absolutely hyped when I came off the water and just wanted to head straight back out for more.
See exhibit A of sailing action:

  • Week 2 involved us going on a flotilla around Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. It was fantastic but very stressful at times, like when you're trying to moor up next to a £2million yacht and not knowing what you're doing and trying not to bash it and trying not to shout at your husband to hurry up with the fenders all while saying to the children: "No, we can't play Uno right now". But besides the mooring/anchoring up, it was marvellous. Lots of swimming off the back of the boat in the sea, eating and drinking too much and general swanning about. Bliss. See below

  • Back home for a day of recovery before 3 days of work and then a fab day out with fellow mummy bloggers Pantswithnames and Nappyvalleygirl.  It was lovely to meet people that I've got to know virtually and with 6 little boys between us, there was plenty of charging about for the kids.
  • Then a day of doing a Treasure Trail in Hungerford with old friends, followed by a day at home and a fab pizza evening out with friends and kids playing in country fields.
  • Then off to the Peak District for three days of camping in torrential rain. Oh what fun it was. I can't bring myself to write more about this other than it involved mud and lots of it.
  • Back for one day of work, before heading over to the Isle of Wight for a final summer soiree for four days, drinking too much, laughing a lot and exploring the Island with the view to possibly moving there.
  • We've since had two days at home, during which I've attempted to catch up on work and failed, played with friends and gone for long walks in the countryside.
And now on the eve of back to school day, I feel in dire need of a holiday to recover from it all. Actually, what I need is to get back to work before my brain turns to mush. And I should really start to night, but I won't. I shall savour the silence of the evening knowing that tomorrow morning will see my littlest boy head off to big school for the first time, while I sob into my breakfast tea.

This is why I have been absent from the blogosphere. This is why I have been absent on the work front. This is what summer is meant to be all about. Hope yours was just as lovely.


nappy valley girl said...

It was so nice to meet you! And didn't we have a lovely time - despite the drizzle and child-hating locals.....the boys really enjoyed meeting yours and it was a fab start to their holiday.

angelsandurchinsblog said...

How did you get to have so many holidays?! Not that I'm jealous or anything...

Home Office Mum said...

Lovely to meet you too Nappy Valley. Hope the rest of your hols were fab.

angels - Staff darhling, staff. Actually my lovely freelancers looked after my clients but now my workload is HUGE.

monzegirl said...

Sounds idyllic! V jealous as I'm sporting a Yorkshire tan, that's not a tan at all! Good excuse that you were recharging your batteries so that you'd be more up for getting back to work, now that it's started.

Metropolitan Mum said...

Sounds absolutely blissful. My summer wasn't as half as exciting, but twice as cold. Summer in London, pffffff...

part mummy part me said...

Wow. You packed a LOT of fun into your summer hols. Gorgeous photo BTW.