Back to school

There is nothing quite like the deafening sound of silence, that falls, once the children go hoppity skip back to school, for a new academic year. Especially after a long summer at home. This Tuesday was our day. First day back to school.

Fourteenth year of being part of this “back to school” vibe. Not counting nursery. I feel like a veteran. It’s the last year for Eldest teen. Gulp! It’s true. After this year, there will only be two school children in the house. Fortunately, like all the stages, we’ll be ready. We always are.

Back to this year. Haircuts ticked off the list. Uniforms were sorted out at the beginning of the holiday, but we still had bags to do. No shoe shopping this year. I repeat, no shoe shopping. Seems their feet are slowing down. Last year’s shoes still fit and, I think helped by my Sunday night polishing regime, have survived.  Although I suspect Youngest will need some new ones soon.

Youngest is now in year 8. Middle Teen is starting her two years GCSE courses in year 10. Eldest teen is straight into studying with her final year of A Levels in year 13.

In other news, my fridge is no longer emptying at quite the same rate, during the day. Acceptable levels are being maintained again.

As a last night of the holidays treat, we headed to Bath to the crazy golf. Somehow, we had missed out on going this holiday, so seemed a fitting way to finish off the holiday.

I got my first ever hole in one. I may retire at this point in my career. Go out at the top, as they say. Not sure who actually won, as I’m yet to add up scores. Somehow the scores were not so important (says she with a hole in one), than family time.

Walking back to the car, we took in the Royal Crescent. It is a gently curved sweep of 30 Georgian, terraced houses. It is impressive. I think there are only 6 or 7 of the houses in my photo. Our cottage was built in the same period, and really looks a lot more humble than these.

If you’re into your period dramas, then you’ve probably seen the Royal Crescent as a backdrop for a number of scenes. In fact, do you see the yellow traffic cones? They were there to stop people parking as another film crew were due the next day. Bridgerton for Netflix.  I guess the residents get used to it.

I’ve been out in the garden most evenings, using the harvesting apron I made a few years ago. Makes collecting beans so much easier, than repositioning a trug or basket along the lines. The sweetcorn has come to an end. Courgettes/zucchini are bountiful. My tomatoes and unicorn peppers are ripening, so I’m starting to pick them. I’m collecting a bowl of raspberries and blackberries most days.  Fruit crumbles every other day.

I have a couple of big pumpkins, I’ve spotted so far. The flowers are still popping up and the bumble bees are loving them. I found two in this faded bloom. I could see one gently stroking the other.

The red tailed bumble bees are all over the runner beans. They’ll buzz gently around me as I pick the beans. Strangely peaceful companions, I find. I like to think we are working together. They set off the process with the flower and I deal with the resulting bean. Team work. I think they understand I am no threat.

Joining in Anne’s Word of the Week linky. I’m going with the word “return” as my one for the week.


Word of the Week linky

16 thoughts on “Back to school

  • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Your garden sounds amazing, and the joys of collecting and harvesting all that bounty! #WotW

    • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      It is a joy, for sure.

  • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 10:39 am

    As always I’m am jealous of your harvesting, but now I’m also jealous of your hole-in-one…did I tell you about the time I got a ‘turkey’ while bowling..hey my family remember, I never let them forget (turkey = 3 strikes in a row)
    My kinds are back to school this week too and the house feels so empty. I love having them around, even if they ignore me most of the time.
    Thanks for linking up to #wotw x

    • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 10:40 am

      yes, my kids are kind, but they are kids not kinds 🙂

      • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 3:11 pm

        Kind kids will do. 🙂

    • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      My next aim in life should be a turkey. That’s a new one for me. 😀

  • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    As always, the photos of your garden are amazing. I enjoy seeing all of your goodies! Hope you are enjoying your glorious solitude now that your kids are back at school!

    And congrats on the hole in one!

    • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Thinking maybe a t-shirt with a “hole in one”, might be over the top. I do miss the children during the day, but they more than make up for it in the evenings! The garden is my escape and form of meditation. Food’s nice too.

  • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I feel like I have been doing the back to school routine forever!
    Oh wow! How lucky not to have to do any school shoe shopping. I hate that job then convincing my youngest to wear them around the house to wear them in a bit!
    Ahh! I’ve just done the online grocery order and it’s half the price I’ve been paying over the summer. lol
    It sounds like a great way to spend the last night before the holidays. Hooray for the hole in one! x

    • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      This year they just seemed to breeze out of the door as if they hadn’t had 6 weeks off. I’ve just done the same with our shopping. Much less. Thank you. I’m taking every opportunity to remind the rest of the family about my hole in one. 😆

  • Friday 6 September, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I only have one school child left! It’s crazy, it really does go by so quickly. Your garden sounds blissful x

    • Saturday 7 September, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Especially as dropping them off in reception seems such a clear memory.

  • Sunday 8 September, 2019 at 8:41 am

    That deafening silence will happen in our house tomorrow – I CANNOT WAIT! #MMBC

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      I bet you missed them.

  • Tuesday 10 September, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Yay for no shoe shopping. I had the same this time – Sophie’s feet hadn’t grown over the summer so that particular joy has been deferred for a few more weeks! Love your harvesting apron – what a good idea. I love seeing bees buzzing around too. #WotW

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      I do love my harvest apron.

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