It’s been a busy couple of weeks with A Level results and a trip to Padstow.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 223 – Sunday 11th August – my family were supposed to be camping this weekend, but that fell through because my husband’s friend was ill. As a sort of compensation, I took my daughter to see filming of the next series of The Greatest Dancer in Birmingham. It is an enjoyable day (and she loved it), but there is an awful lot of hanging around and queuing.
Day 224 – Monday 12th August – a funny old day. I had to get up at 4.40am to take my oldest friend to hospital in Bristol. I was home before 8am, having driven for two and a half hours non-stop. Not bad for someone who hates driving! More driving in the afternoon as my daughter went to meet her friend in Worcester. We used to meet up as a family, but her friend’s mum wasn’t free, so I went for a walk along the river and for a sit in a coffee shop (not drinking coffee, of course!).
Day 225 – Tuesday 13th August – I had lots of work and my daughter practised ballet at home. She has an exam next spring, but she hasn’t worked on the syllabus for nearly a year now, so she needs to remember it! My younger son helped out at his athletics club, which was running sessions for younger kids. It’s nice for him to give something back after they have been so good to him.
Day 226 – Wednesday 14th August – my son volunteered at the athletics club again today. My daughter had two friends round. They were very good, I didn’t really know they were here. I got some new glasses! They’re too tight at the moment, so I will have to get them adjusted.
Day 227 – Thursday 15th August – A Level results day! My son absolutely smashed it. He’s never done particularly well at school and has never worked hard. But he revised hard in the last few weeks and he came out with brilliant results. We’re so proud of him (and this card is perfect).
Day 228 – Friday 16th August – we went to Padstow, my absolute favourite place, for a long weekend with the younger kids. We’re staying in an Airbnb for the first time. The rain was horrendous.
Day 229 – Saturday 17th August – we ran Eden Project parkrun, which was an amazing course, but tiring! My sister and her family are also in Cornwall this week – and my nephew ran his first ever parkrun. The weather was much better today, so we had a walk on the beach at Rock.
Day 230 – Sunday 18th August – we started the day on the Camel Trail. I ran eight miles, and my daughter cycled with me, my husband ran 12 miles and my son walked six miles. In the afternoon we went for a five and a half mile on the South West Coast Path. On our walk, we stopped to skim stones. Skimming stones is one of my son’s absolute favourite things to do and he is very good at it.
Day 231 – Monday 19th August – we met up with my sister and her family for a wander round Padstow. In the afternoon we went to Adrenalin Quarry on the zip wire, before heading home.
Day 232 – Tuesday 20th August – back to reality with a busy day of work. The only photo I took was my window for my Instagram stories (you can see more Padstow photos over on Instagram too).
Day 233 – Wednesday 21st August – I took my daughter to get her nails done (using a voucher she got for CHRISTMAS) and my son to look for some clothes for work. Yesterday, he managed to get a shirt. Today he got some trousers. Hopefully he will manage to choose some shoes before he starts his apprenticeship next week! The only photo I took was of my amazing 58p flowers, which are still going strong.
Day 234 – Thursday 22nd August – with apologies to my more squeamish readers… My toe felt a bit sore while I was running this morning. This is the sight that greeted me when I took my trainer off. The nail on one toe had been digging into the next toe for six miles. Apart from that, I had a busy day of driving the kids around and cutting the grass, as well as working.
Day 235 – Friday 23rd August – my son had physio in the morning. She is really pleased with his recovery, so he doesn’t need to go back. The only disappointment is that she says he can’t start sprinting until the three month recovery period is up, which probably means he has to wait slightly longer still before getting back to sport.
In the evening, I took my daughter to see a show at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester. The show starred all teenagers and young adults and it is the best show I’ve seen with young people in it by a long way. But my photo is of my Natwest piggies. I have some strange conversations on Twitter sometimes, and today’s conversation led to me taking this photo.