The summer holidays have flown by. It didn’t help that it was just a day over 5 weeks in length, but thank goodness I did the dull buying-of-school-shoes during the first week (although there is now the fear that the children have already outgrown them…) Two weeks of camping holiday, a few days home, then a long weekend at the Greenbelt Festival … throw in the in-laws visiting and the ‘time off’ has vanished!
But just before I fall back into the usual routines and before that lovely summery feeling vanished all together let me share a couple of moments.
My daughter instigated a drawing competition. We all had to compete although I knew I would win (I’m Mum: I could have drawn a scribble and still won). It showed the different artistic talents of the family. Her brother drew cartoons (copied from logos on his iPod); her father sat for an hour in the sun and drew the entrance way to the Abbey church. I extended my usual doodle of a flower to include a tree, and grass, and a snail (more of a challenge) and a couple of birds flying in the sky. I didn’t really win on merit.
I think the prize was that I got to do all the washing up for a week. At the very least, that was what it felt like…
The most exciting part was that my daughter kicked this whole event off. Never, ever, before has she instigated something like this, completely out of the blue. Thought of by herself, her own rules set, organised and implemented. With her learning difficulties she struggles with language and open questions and thinking of non-discrete things: the whole competition gave most delight to her parents because it came from her!
The artwork is lost to the mists of time…
Not lost, however, are the photos of the place we were camping: East Wittering. Which is very close to West Wittering. Which has the most magnificent beach.
But given the name of my blog, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos.
Extra points if you can work out what time of day it was when I took the photos!
Maybe one day I’ll work out a way to montage them onto the blog.
How did you spend your summer?