It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with our family holiday to Nice.
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 202 – Sunday 21st July – I’ve never done trail running before, but the Cheltenham Challenge a few weeks ago give me a bit of a taste for it. Here I am on eight mile run by a Gloucestershire landmark. Later in the day, we went to Ikea. We didn’t need anything, but my younger two kids absolutely love going there.
Day 203 – Monday 22nd July – the first proper day of the school holidays and I tried to cram too much in. I worked in the morning, then the younger two kids had eye tests, then I attempted to get my son some school uniform and did a load of food shopping. In the evening, the younger two kids went a hike with some of the Scouts, leaders and parents. It was such a lovely evening for a walk.
Day 204 – Tuesday 23rd July – the predicted heatwave arrived and the temperature hit 31. I went for a run first thing, then spent most of the day indoors. I love the sun and the warmth and I hate to hide from it, but it was too hot to be out.
Day 205 – the weather cooled down slightly to about 28 degrees. I find juggling work in the school holidays hard, as I seem to be forever stopping to give my daughter a lift or to shop for yet more food. In the evening, my daughter had her last athletics competition of the season and took part in the 800m.
Day 206 – it was the hottest July day on record – even hotter than Tuesday. Again, I spent far too much time in the house, but at least the air conditioning in my car has been fixed.
Day 207 – Friday 26th July – my son had the physio appointment he has been waiting for since his accident. She was very pleased with his recovery and has given him some exercises to help regain his strength. The physio recommend I take some photos to help us remember his exercises. My son would only agree to this if nobody else saw them. So this is a photo of the books I have to read over the next few weeks. I was especially pleased to get Clare Mackintosh‘s new one, After the End, for a good price.
Day 208 – Saturday 27th July – a cooler, rainy did. We did our first parkrun in the rain for a long time. My husband and I were happy to both come first in our age category. My son did an incredible ‘parkwalk’ PB – 5k (3.1 miles) walked in 35:04. He finished ahead of 90 people – most of whom were running.
Day 209 – Sunday 28th July – we went on holiday to Nice! We had a late flight from Heathrow, at 6pm, which was slightly strange. We landed in Nice in the most beautiful sunset ever, then had a short taxi ride to our hotel. We went out walking in the evening and it was so warm and busy. This is a rare sighting of my husband.
Day 210 – Monday 29th July – our first proper day in Nice and we explored the local area. It is an absolutely stunning place, but slightly warm for this family of pale skinned Brits! These are the fountains at the Promenade du Paillon park, which is right opposite our hotel.
Day 211 – Tuesday 30th July – we took the train to Antibes, which is about 20 minutes away. It is a much smaller town than Nice, which is very pretty, but also has a huge number of very expensive yachts moored there. There is a Picasso museum, where Picasso actually stayed to paint in 1946. It has a huge collection of works, which I loved looking at. My family were less keen!
Day 212 – Wednesday 31st July – the problem with holidaying with teenagers is they’re very slow to make a start in the morning! We didn’t fit in everything we wanted to do today, but we did make it to Musee Matisse in Nice, which everyone preferred to the Picasso museum.
Day 213 – Thursday 1st August – we got the train to Monaco, which is a jaw-dropping place. I can’t get my head around the sort of wealth on display there. The best part of the day was back in Nice in the evening, when we headed up to the waterfall that overlooks the city.
Day 214 – Friday 2nd August – we flew home from Nice. We’d had such a lovely time – look out for blogposts over the next couple of weeks. Our flight wasn’t until 8pm. The day started with my daughter and husband going parasailing. I was very nervous about her doing it, but once they were up in the air, I felt fine about it. And she had the best time ever!
Day 215 – Saturday 3rd August – even though we were tired from our journey (we got back at 12.30am, which felt like 1.30am for us), we all got up for parkrun. It was a special day as it was my dad’s 100th parkrun, so the whole family went along. My daughter and I ran with him.