Well what a difference a week makes. We started the week still in the school summer holidays. Now that H is a bit older, it’s easier to fit in my work around him and I don’t feel as stressed about getting stuff done. Life is less pressured in the holidays too and we can start the day in a much more relaxed frame of mind – I’m missing my morning cups of tea in bed as I don’t have time for that now he’s back at school.
I read these two books back to back in a matter of a few days. Both are in demand at the library and I needed to finish them as I couldn’t renew them. They will both be in my top 5 books for the year. I’ve read all of Kate Atkinson’s novels and Big Sky is one of her Jackson Brodie ones. I really enjoyed it. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme was recommended to me and I loved it. Despite the name it’s not really very much to do with the First World War and most of the story is set in Norway and Shetland, although some of it is in the area of the Somme. It spans a number of decades, but most of the story takes place in the 1990s, but it does look back in time too.
This was our last minute, going out the door, back-to-school picture for Year 8. As you can see he was thrilled to be going back (not). He’s been very tired this week – it’s taken it out of him despite only doing three days.
A picture of Amber the cat asleep. He seems to sleep so deeply during the day and for so long that I often end up checking he is still breathing. He’s an old cat now at 17 and he makes so much noise when he is awake that I do end up worrying when he has been quiet for quite a while. He seems healthy enough though.