So the summer break is whizzing along quite nicely, with plenty of fun, plenty of relaxation, and plenty to do. After the school year it’s always nice to just break down a little and change the pace. It’s a good time to catch up on sleep, reading, checking in with folk. I also feel a bit like it’s MOT time, so there are plenty of doctors visits, check ups, eye tests and the like to get done when I have good availability for appointments. It’s a different world from termtime.
It’s also a great time to catch up with folk, and Matthew and I love to spend time seeing our favourite people. We have already had lots of barbecues and drinks and dinners with friends, and this weekend we’ve been up in Newcastle visiting his family. I had such fun! We went for fish and chips (which always taste better by the sea), and took a lovely walk along the seafront at Whitley Bay before dropping in to see Nick and Elly and our gorgeous niecelet! Then Matthew headed off to see Blyth play while I continued visiting – we had cake and went to see the ducks.
In the evening Matthew and I went out for Italian food with his parents, which was delicious, before heading home for chats and cups of tea. I love chatting with Matthew’s mum and dad, they are both so funny and clever. Then Matt and I had a huge (ten hour!) sleep – there’s something about being up north and at his parents or my parents that seems to demand an enormous sleep! Then we went shopping this morning (I bought loads of cards for my stash!) before being joined by Nick, Elly and the niecelet for a barbecue. Lovely.
And now we’re tucked up on the train drinking many cups of tea and getting ready for another busy week – dinners, hospital visits, a meet up with Christy (woo!), wedding food tastings, working out, a steak and wine treat on August 1st to celebrate getting through Dry July*, brunch and garden fun. Viva summer!
* For the past month (and until Wednesday), Matthew and I have been doing ‘Dry July’, forgoing any sort of alcoholic beverage for the month. It’s been a challenge – Matthew hasn’t ever done a challenge like this, and while I have, not enjoying a chilled white wine in the sun or a glass of champagne at the end of term has been hard! We have done this to raise money for Wildhearts, a micro-financing charity that helps people in the developing world. If you have a few pounds/dollars to spare, your sponsorship would be hugely appreciated. The site is here: http://www.wildheartsevents.com/dryjuly and sponsorship is also being collected for the ‘3 Peaks’ challenge Matthew will be doing in September. So proud of my boy!