Hello! Everyone OK? I feel a bit overwhelmed and dazed by life right now. How is it July already? How is it nearly the end of the school year? Where has the year gone? That sort of thing.
We are trying hard - so hard - in every spare moment we have to get Bella's bedroom finished. We are so near the finish line now; the painting is all done, furniture has been assembled or moved, it's just the fiddly finishing jobs like wiring lights and hanging shelves. The sort of thing that you think will take ten minutes but takes two hours. I'm a bit keen (to put it mildly) that we finish this weekend, so then Bella can move into her new room, and then Angus can move into hers, and then his room will become the new spare room/office/play room and I can sort out all the piles of stuff that are accumulating all around the house. We are currently stepping over a rocking horse to reach the shoe rack and there's a filing cabinet in the hallway. it's not ideal, but it is temporary, and will soon be sorted. Here are a few snaps of where we are so far with Bella's room to give you an idea of what it will be like.
It was so hot at the weekend, Saturday especially. Hot enough for an evening water fight.
Hot enough for iced coffee.
Hot enough for load after load of washing, each drying in an hour.
Hot enough that we waited until 6 pm to walk Ziggy and it was still 32°C.
We are still eating huge quantities of fruit.
The redcurrants look ready to be picked this weekend. I'm thinking summer pudding or redcurrant jelly. Another week and the blackcurrants will be there.
My new favourite thing is to pick grasses and put them in vases.
It's cheaper than flowers and it makes me happy.
I've been crocheting a stool cover for Bella's new room.
And adding squares to this blanket when I get a spare moment.
I worried that I had nothing new or exciting to share here tonight. I have not been anywhere or done anything interesting. I am bone tired and feel like all I do is go to work, come home to cook, do housework or decorate, then go to sleep.
But this is why I take the photos: when I look back, actually life is rich and full, it's just full of the everyday. The normal, seasonal things that we do every summer. We went to circus. We went to an awards ceremony at Bella's school. We cooked and ate a lot of delicious food, some in the garden. I got sunburnt shoulders. We found a bit of fresh air and nature when we could, tried to enjoy the summery weather when we could. Nothing fancy. Just life being lived.