As usual, summer went far too quickly. August didn’t really deserve to be called summer at all! I’ve been struggling with chronic fatigue so we haven’t done as much as I had hoped, but we’ve still had lots of fun. Of course, our camping trips were definitely the highlight.
We’ve been to the beach a few times, but we tend to avoid them during the school holidays due to the crowds of tourists and outrageous parking charges.
We spent a lovely day with my uncle and aunt and teenage cousins who were visiting.
These two can scramble over rocks at incredible speed, even in their bare feet!
Aaron loves challenges, such as this steep rock with a drop the other side. The man below obviously didn’t approve as he called his children back when they tried to follow and told them it was too dangerous!
We’ve spent time with all three sides of the family, including a lovely day out at Watermouth Castle with Colin’s mum and sisters.
Colin and I have been making an effort to do more walking with the children.
We went to see the historic schooner Kathleen and May leaving Bideford, it’s such a shame she isn’t moored here anymore.
Modelling clay was very popular at the beginning of the summer. I left out a pot of beads, buttons, matchsticks and lollipop sticks as an invitation and was amazed at all the different colourful creatures the children made.
The Duplo is still played with daily, which surprises me as I would have expected Aaron to prefer Lego by now. He builds some amazing creations, whilst Tabitha creates elaborate storylines.
I managed to get a bargainous second-hand EZ Fort kit and we’ve used it to build various houses and dens.
We haven’t made shaving foam bath paint for ages but I suggested it after a particularly crabby afternoon and it did a great job of cheering Aaron up.
Initially I was dreading the end of summer, it always seems so short compared to the long winter, but I’m getting used to the idea now and even starting to look forward to autumn in some ways!