Ah, September. A month that bizarrely seems to provide more hours than any other time of the year. Days are still long and warm. Children are back at school. Everything seems doable. Hitting the ground running is a given.
We came back from holiday in Scotland at the weekend. Loved Edinburgh and a return trip is definitely in order. Climbed mountains and conquered lochs. Fabulous time, but I’ll save it for a later post.
(apple flapjack is my new favourite)
Needless to say, there was a mad dash to assemble the last of the school supplies before two of them went back on Tuesday. Youngest has joined his sisters at secondary school. He’s made friends and seems to like having his sisters around again. Some sweet stories come back each day.
Middle teen has been put in top sets this year, so she’s happy. They’ve radically changed how they structure the school, but I think she’ll get used to them.
Youngest is not the only one striding into a new beginning. Eldest teen has started sixth form. She did well in her GCSEs and is taking the options she wanted. She’s out of uniform now. Mixed blessing. Uniform is so easy, but restrictive. No uniform means lots of outfits. We’ll get there. Her text book list grows by the day too. She’s happy to be back with her friends and seems to be embracing the new study challenge.
And me, this week? I’m storming head first into my September routine.
I’ve set up a new cleaning system, which I think I can stick to. I love having a clean house, where I can find things but I’m extremely easy to distract. – Ow, pretty wool. I could make a top out of this fabric. Who left these ribbons here? – Soon the vacuum is gathering its own dust, leaving the dust bunnies to roam wild.
I promise to try harder.
In contrast, jam jars are becoming an endangered resource in the kitchen.
While we were away, the yellow courgettes grew into yellow submarines. I’ve found four enormous ones so far, which would not be amiss in the garden of James and his famous giant peach. Thoughts of carving out the inside and setting up accommodation has crossed my mind. Quirky autumn breaks anyone? More realistically, I’m going to make courgette and ginger preserves. Grate others to freeze and use them for fritters and soup over the winter.
And where would I be if I didn’t start September with baskets of overlarge “mini” cucumbers? I suspect twiddling my thumbs. Never fear. I have them again this year. I’m building up a few preserve recipes, as I loathe to waste them. (One I read and hope to avoid is to slice, salt and leave them in the fridge overnight. Next day, sling them in the compost heap. Hmm.)
I can hardly ignore the elephant in the room. Windfall apples. Yes, we have them. No, I’m not keeping on top of it. I’ve made one batch of herb apple jelly and it is divine. I’m planning a rosemary version for this weekend, which is my favourite. Otherwise it is apple muffins, apple crumbles and apple flapjack. By the end of October, we will be 70% apple.
It’s a good job September is a productive month for me. I worked over the holidays, which means I’ve not got behind. Preparing for the colder months by filling my freezer and store cupboard would be that much harder if I was working all hours too.
No daily school run anymore, providing an extra couple of hours. Not to be sniffed at. A bonus this September. I’m taking longer walks with the hound, which doubles as my exercise, for the moment. I’ve still got to figure out how I can squeeze in a run. Craft wise, I’m knitting a jumper with a cable ribbing.
I’m still trying to figure out the best routine now all the children are sorted at school. Hoping to find more time to blog too. This week has felt like someone held up the starter firing device and we’ve all dashed off the blocks. Commencing with a big bang.
How was your week? Heck, how was your summer, it’s been so long? Hope you are loving September. Hmm… er…you know, thought I’d ask, but anyone for a …….cucumber? I’ve got plenty to spare. 🙂
Joining in with #wotw. My word is commence.