...maybe a day late, but let's spread the treats out. Today's a new cake day! and I'm delighted to have a slice to share with Abi of Creating Paper Dreams, and her Let's Sit And Have A Cup
It's good timing. I'm glad you're here because...sshh...can you hear it? Thought not. Today is the first day back at school and the peace is...perfect.
Oh, yes, you're right. I just caught the sound of the shed door opening too. So I suppose the lawn mower will be starting in a minute. But I can hardly complain. The (Not So) Small One might have headed off to school, but her brother has another week before he is back to the Law and he's making himself useful until then.
Back to school! She's starting the Sixth Form today - striding out in her new grey skirt and the blazer with the shiny buttons. Years ago we Country Girls used to come up to the city to see a play or go to an Open Day and we'd spot those shiny buttoned blazers (and the nylons and the stilettos) and we'd think..hardly schoolgirls, more supermodels. We didn't do high heels, we did white knee socks. It's strange, watching it from the other side. I hope she's having a good day.
I hope she comes back with a smile on her face, just as she did on her very first morning, twelve years ago now. Twelve years! I spent those hours in Waterstones, that reliable refuge, being calmed by the books, then I went to Gap and bought a jacket I still wear, before going back to collect her. Funny, the things you remember. But you are here today: better than a trip to the bookshop - honestly! What have you been up to?
We've spent the last week trying to pack in all the super-fun, creative, bonding activities we haven't been doing all summer. We've made beery bread, with a bottle of beer as a raising agent and some rosemary from the garden on top. That worked. We've put her bedroom back together again. And that worked. And then there were the pompoms. Which didn't work. Not really. Not in any beautifully decorative, bedroom transforming, life enhancing way. Not my finest paper crafting hour. Look...
I'm going to have another go tonight, see what I can salvage. And then I might try doing them a completely different way. That would be one which doesn't involve overly complicated instructions and two rolls of double sided tape. You need lots of tape to get the honeycomb effect, which is nice, but not two rolls nice...
So that's what we're at here. It's been lovely to chat, but I think I can hear that lawnmower starting up now, so I'll wrap you up a couple of fresh doughnuts for later and wave you off. Same time next month? Thanks Abi!