So the end of the summer holidays and back to school/reality here. Last Saturday we were still in Brightlingsea, Essex. We said goodbye to our stunning harbour views: we’d rented the flat above a yacht club and there was always something to see outside the window. Before driving home, we did a bit of research and tried to find a nice spot for a picnic which wasn’t too far off the route. Dunstable Downs fitted the bill, being fairly close to the M1 (but far enough away to get clear of it). It’s a lovely chalk grassland ridge with a pleasant cafe/visitor centre and plenty of outdoor picnic tables, if you’d brought your own. Overhead there were gliders flying silently and the views were gorgeous.
Sunday saw me going out for the day on my own for a blogging event. It was the first day for 6 weeks I’d been without H. He’d had the odd couple of hours at clubs, but otherwise he’d been with me. I felt much better for getting a bit of a break. I went to a photography event in Birmingham City Centre sponsored by Goodman UK. It was great to meet up with some local blogging friends and get a long of hints and tips about photography (in particular photographing architecture). It has made me think that I’d like to invest in a better camera though, so maybe that will be this year’s Christmas present.
Monday was the last day of H’s school holidays. We decided a day mostly spent at home would be good. After a morning swim we stayed in, but spent some of the time doing some toy testing and blog picture taking. H has been testing out the LeapBand (in the picture) over the last week or so and it came on holiday with us too. I’ll be doing a review on that soon. We also got to grips with loom bands for the first time and tried out our new loom. I don’t know that we’d have managed without the various YouTube tutorials that are around to help. Then there was the inevitable labelling and sorting of uniform that goes on, where you cross your fingers that everything still fits and that you haven’t forgotten anything.
On Tuesday H went back to school. It only feels like yesterday since he started, but this week he became a junior. He’s at the same school in the same building with the same teacher, so there was a lot that was familiar, but there were some changes too. We got him a new ‘juniors’ bookbag to mark the occasion. So far things seem to be going well this school year.
I’ve had stage 2 of my blog makeover this week. Still got a bit of tweaking to do around the edges, but it’s nearly there. H is really happy to be featuring in the new header. Any thoughts?