Three weeks into the holidays and I feel only slightly relaxed and rejuvenated. Why? Well, have you ever been stuck in a house with four children of varying ages and degrees of personality, just waiting to challenge you on whatever strays from your tight lips? Add a broken (hearted) car and torrential rain into the mix and it becomes the tasty cocktail known as school summer holidays.
The forest has lost its appeal and my photography is as mundane as the same old trees barking for a picture. Change is required before the apes (my sprogs in union) decide to conquer civilisation and tear down the fragile structures of society we have left on our lonesome postage stamp known as home. With no escape in sight, my only option is to call on the soothsayer, the one who holds the golden key to my children’s hearts: their father!
He has the ability to tame the natives into submission and coerce them to follow basic rules like make your bed, yes you do have to wear clean underwear everyday or do the wash up without killing each other.
As a side bar, it always amazes me how children are so enthusiastic about washing up till it becomes a chore. Suddenly the plates are too heavy, the pots will be stained forever and utensils are weapons in soapy water hunting their unwary fingers. My last Sprog fought for his right to do the wash up like the others at the beginning of the summer holidays. Now, when I see his face grimace at the mere thought of it, I cry a little inside knowing he has taken that step to becoming a big boy and feeling the pain of responsibility.
So, with a ticking time bomb of mutinous imnates walking around my prison, I am counting down the days to their father’s vacation time. With him as the main focus, I might just get away with planning mini escapes from this paradoxical paradise.
If you don’t hear from me, know that I love you all and the natives have probably disposed of me!
Hello and welcome to Wildmoor Heath. We have to be quiet so as not to upset the locals. Their bushy tails and gleaming eyes are barely visible in the surrounding darkness, but we know that they are out there, somewhere.
Do be careful as you enter the den. The children made it today and spent quite a few hours finding the branches and twigs to create the little hideout. In case you’re wondering what it looked like during the day, below is a picture of the finished product.
Right! Now that you’re settled on the purple blanket, I’ll make some tea from the flasks we’ve carried up here with us. One lump of sugar or two? Sorry, no milk tonight – too much weight!
After we’ve had our tea and a packet of crisps (kindly packed by my youngest Sprog), let’s go for a walk in the rest of the forest and see what we can find.
Earlier this evening, we spotted fireflies on the heath; a most spectacularly sight as I’ve never seen one before. The moment was spoilt as Henry decided to eat each one as it lit up! Needless to say we had to move along swiftly to avoid exterminating the few fireflies left.
If you’re up for a little adventure, we could take the path leading through the red barked conifers. It’s so silent there, you can hear your heartbeat and flutter of your eye lashes. Further on, the stench of swampy water is a clear warning to watch your step in the darkness. If you miss the signs, Henry will remind you as he loves to take a dip in the stinkiest bog and shake himself close to you. So beware.
Once we’ve had our walk and return to the den, we can use our torchlight to make shadow puppets and animals until it’s time for bed. Fierce competition will arise between those that can create the perfect kangaroo and bear. Whomever wins getting bragging rights and the first share of the slab of chocolate.
You look as though you’ve nearly finished your tea. I’ll pack up the rest of the things and we can start the evening’s adventures.
I’m so glad you’re here to experience it with me. The kids loved it as the first activity for their summer holidays. I hope you do too!
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Since moving into our new temporary home, I’ve noticed some beautiful flowers parading through the summer season and felt the need to share them with you. I have no idea what half the flowers’ names are, but hope you’ll enjoy looking at them as much as I do!
Now this flower is part of a creeper that has attacked most of the plants in the garden. It’s found its way around trees, over walls and through fences. I’m tempted to nickname it Terminator!
It may be a weed, it may just be that it’s enthusiasm makes it spread its beautiful foliage across the hostas and bulbs, but this pretty flower has brightened the garden and shown off its bright pinks through rain and sun.
I’ve decided to include the crazy mushroom circles I found in the open field across from the house. I’m guessing a fairy ring is to blame for this phenomenon, though sadly, I haven’t seen a fairy yet.
My lavender pots are trying very hard to brighten the dull door to our home! I’m convincing the Hubble that we need more pots to help brighten the entranceway. I think you’ll see a few more additions in the next few weeks.
Well, those are the only pics I’ve taken so far. Join me again for another tour of my new garden.
Bye for now!
Cherries and pears, fennel and mint; these are a few of my little treasures packed into the borders of my little plot of heaven.
Peeking above Begonia with a French flair, Lavender stands to attention letting us know she is there.
Not to be outdone, Begonia sparkles in the sun, showing off her pink satin petals shimmering in their finery.
All is not lost as the fern guards the back gate. New foundlings unfurl with lazy precision, ready to stretch out and greet the world.
Heavily burdened with the weight of the grapes, my archway is serving out its last year as the support to the vino.
Delicious raspberries dance in the breeze in long stemmed prickly branches.
And finally, sweetening the air, my roses burst with pride as they display colours of pink, peach, yellow and white.
Hope you enjoyed walking through my garden with me.