And it’s August!
Hello, hello, how are you doing?
Phew, July seemed to pass in a blur in our house so it’s a bit of a relief to have reached August in one piece! 🙂 I thought I’d write a quick catch-up post today and then I’m back on track to chat to you about what’s going on as it (more or less) happens.
It’s incredible how fast the time has been passing. In the fields, the crops have turned golden …
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came over hill and saw this sight in front of me!
Such a beautiful sight!
It’s called blue flax (Linum perenne) and the flowers will be left to go to see and then harvest to make linseed or flaxseed. I’ve never seen anything like it, it completely took my breath away!
In other news, I can’t quite remember where we were up to so I’ll give you a quick recap (sorry, no option to fast forward here like you can on the TV 🙂 ) so that I can try to make sure I’ve told you everything!
Not so small daughter finished her GCSE exams, officially left school and had one of the best nights of her life at her prom with her friends. The school really pushed the boat out for them at an event a local hotel and the whole year looked stunning in their beautiful dresses and smart suits.
We’ve been to Paris (I might have mentioned that before! 🙂 – thank you for all your comments, I’ve read them all and will try to reply very soon!) and this week, she’s away at an international Scout and Guide camp in Cheshire, known as Chamboree, which happens every 4 years. There are around 3,500 Scouts and Guides from all over the world at the camp; she went to the last one and had a whale of a time so she was really looking forward to this one. (I’ve got a soft spot for this particular camp as I worked as crew here for the very first one many years ago when I used to be a Venture Scout Leader and I had a whale of a time too 🙂 )
It’s been pretty wet for them this week but from the reports we’ve had from the camp (hooray for WhatsApp message groups!), the whole Guide unit is still having fun and nobody has developed webbed feet yet 🙂
Not so small daughter has just discovered that she’s been selected for an international trip to Japan next year which has absolutely been the highlight of her year – I’ve written about her obsession with Japan before and now she is finally getting to go. She’s got plenty of fundraising to do – much like when big daughter went to Peru – and I think that’s a really good thing as you appreciate far more the things that you pay for yourself. Her Guide leader has already got her thinking about fundraising events so that will be her occupied for the next year! 🙂
Big daughter had not one but two graduations within the space of a week so we have spent a lot of time cheering for her and all the other young people who had their graduations delayed because of Covid as we watched them walk across the stage at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester at the graduation ceremonies.
The ceremonies were at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester where both my husband and I graduated with our Open University degrees – it’s a lovely building to waft around in your cap and gown!
I even managed to get a bit of knitting in whilst we were waiting for the ceremony to start! This is my Emergency Sock in vegan yarn – I talked about it in this post.
Big daughter has also moved to her own place with her boyfriend about half an hour away – it’s a bit like it was with me and my parents (and later, my Dad) – close enough to visit but not so close that she’s round every five minutes raiding the fridge 🙂 It’s been a really exciting time for them and I’m enjoying watching them set up their first home together. Not so small daughter and I waited in on the hottest day ever for their sofa and built it for them so that they would have somewhere to flop after a day at work.
Finally for today, our kittens are now officially Outdoor Cats. It was a bit nerve-wracking at first letting them out into the big wide world, but they were so happy to finally be able to Go Outside that we were sure we had done the right thing. If nothing else, letting them outside has stopped them trashing the house, and for that I am very thankful!
They are both have the time of their lives catching leaves, chasing flies and returning home triumphant with captured feathers. I have no idea where they are picking these up from but they’re from birds that are probably bigger than they are so I’m quite happy that they’ve found them on the floor rather than that they have managed to bring the birds down. I could do with them leaving them outside, though – we’ve got enough in the house now to make our own pair of wings!
Right, I think that’s us all caught up – of course there’s been more to our month but the day-to-day slips by so quickly, doesn’t it, and I am sure that you don’t need a running commentary on the washing machine being loaded and emptied or the floors being cleaned!
Have a lovely rest of the week and I’ll see you again soon! xx