Saturday, 7 September 2013

Goodbye summer!

Summer has ended abruptly here in the North West with a wet and miserable day yesterday and a chilly one today.  Have even lit the fire this afternoon.  The weather, the darker evenings and the return to work this week has left me feeling a little low.

Time to look back then on a wonderful summer before routine fully establishes itself.  No major holidays abroad, just our week in Cornwall and then several visits to see family and friends.

This summer I:

Visited my sister in Sussex and spent a day Brighton, exploring the Lanes and vintage shops with our teenage daughters.

Had a day out in London on the same trip.

Revisited Camden Market in London after a gap of around 25 years.  (Used to go their on Sunday mornings years ago to listen to jazz in Dingwalls)  Loved the Turkish lighting stalls and one of the desk lamps is on my Christmas list.

Sampled the food from the many ethnic food stalls on Camden market.

Then, in complete contrast, went to Harrods and travelled up the Egyptian escalator to the sound of an opera singer performing 'Land of Hope and Glory' live

Joined another sister and her young family in Northern Ireland for a family get together on the August Bank holiday weekend.  Took the children to a Princesses and Pirates day at local National Trust property Springhill.

Supported my husband and two brothers-in-law as they took part in 'Lap the Lough', an event where 2000 participants cycled around Lough Neagh.

Attended the 100th birthday party of a neighbour in Northern Ireland in this beautiful garden Although a little confused, she certainly enjoyed the occasion, entertaining her guests by singing and playing the mouth organ.

Went on daytrips locally here in the North West.  Got together with old friends from primary school days. Kids got muddy on Manley Mere adventure trail and another day we had a very breezy walk on the beach from Hoylake to West Kirby.

Hired a pedal boat on the River Dee in Chester and sat back enjoying the sun with a friend while our daughters did the hard work of pedalling.  And squealing loudly.

A memorable summer.


  1. Well you've certainly packed it all in this summer. Love the pictures of the market especially, and to read that you have a 13 year old daughter too - let the fun and games commence! I look forward to reading more :)

    1. Found you and I've enjoyed reading about your family and seeing your photos. Currently I am banned from taking any photos of my daughter, never mind posting them online! You can just catch a back view of her at Camden market above and she may well object to that if she spots it. Yes it's certainly interesting at present. At least the dog doesn't answer back or object to pics.

  2. I know what you mean... I have noticed feeling a little lower since the evenings have dramatically drawn in - hopefully a dip before our systems get used to it. And Camden Market - I haven't been there for a while. I remember the variety of food on offer in the outdoor stalls being rather wonderful and tasty. Sounds like you had a lovely summer though. Thank you very much for linking up to #oneweek. X

  3. Thanks - did cheat a bit as this was a weekend post. Can't seem to cope with composing blog posts after work this week. Will have to stop being so conscientious about marking and stuff.... Good to join in and read all the posts. Great washing line one. My favourite bit of housework too pegging out the washing.

  4. Love your photos - especially the lamps! What a feisty old neighbour you have.Your summer had lots of fun highlights!