So the summer holidays are over. The children have gone back for their first day at school today. One is starting at her new school.
I like to think that the summer holidays allow me time to do some research and development. Time for inspiration and reflection. When the making of pretty things is put to one side. A pause on some parts of life. We all need it. Just look at Father Christmas relaxing.
September is a mixed month. On one hand it signals the start of back to routine. Watching the time. Making packed lunches. Ensuring the right person is in the right place at the right time wearing the right things. Hopefully fed and clean. Not to mention the logistic challenge of after school activities for three children and me doing a day job, as well. The endless juggling of balls in the hope that I can keep them all in the air. At once.
On the other hand, September is also a new start. I have the urge to go and buy new stationery. The lure of all the lovely new pencil cases and shiny folders in the shops. Sign up for new challenges. I start pricing up label printers in the hope of being more organized. This year.
Time off has given me the chance to dream dreams and plan new ideas. I’m hoping I can hold on to this September energy and implement changes.
They’ll all be back from school before I know it. Eldest will be bursting about her first day at big school. I can’t wait. I’ve missed them today.
In the meantime, I can look back at photos from the holiday. Including these from our trip to a Model Village on the Isle of Wight. They move all the models off the grass to mow it. Can you imagine how time consuming that must be?
I love the little scenes dotted around the village. So much gentle humour to make the visitors smile. It makes me remember that I need to hold on to the humour and lighter side of life as I deal with mundane matters. Maybe I should print this one out to remind me to smile.
All the detail and care taken is amazing. Everything is just so. Another attribute I need to remember.
An aside: We really enjoyed our trip to the Godshill Model Village. If you are on the Isle of Wight, it is worth a visit. We loved that we could take our dog in to the village too, rather than leaving her in the car. Most places we went to on the Isle of Wight allowed dogs.
I’m not one for New Year resolutions on 1st January. September always feels more like the start of the year. The academic year to thank for that. If I was to opt for inspiring words now, then they would be to follow dreams, take care of detail and remember to have a sense of humour.
How about you? Are you inspired by September? Or is it just another month?
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