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.