"There comes a time when autumn asks,
"What have you been doing all summer?"
January passed in a bit of a blur this year.
And February is rushing to a close with
much busyness and long lists of
things to do.
I've had so many blog posts in my head
that never made it onto the blog.
So this is a kind of catch-up post.
One of the nicest things we did in the holidays
was a picnic at Narrabeen Lake,
and a walk up Long Reef.
It wasn't a typical summer's day,
but then again we don't seem to get
many of those anymore ...
But it was perfect weather for walking,
and the clouds kept the crowds away, too.
This is such a spectacular walk to do.
Even the girls loved it,
although they moaned beforehand
in typical teenage-fashion.
Steve had two weeks off,
which divided the post-Christmas period
neatly into two halves.
Before he went back to work
the girls stayed with Mum and Dad
for three nights,
giving us time to do some good things.
A movie (Les Mis, didn't love all of it),
buying a harp
and painting our bedroom!
Something we've been meaning to do
since May, when our upstairs painting was finished.
I'll do a show and tell when it's really finished,
carpet and all.
But let's just say it's a BIG improvement
on the flaky old ceilings
and faded walls we've looked
at every night for years...
* * *
Then Emily turned 15.
Hard to believe we have been parents for so long.
Emily wasn't feeling the greatest,
so we mostly stayed home,
celebrating with a game of Mousetrap
a visit to the new local chocolate cafe
and a late outing to Mooney Mooney to
capture the twilight
with Emily's new camera
... although these photos are mine.
After Steve headed back to work,
we girls settled down for some
doing not much.
Some shopping, some craft,
lots of sitting and lying around.
Sometimes too quiet for some.
I ran a cardmaking class for some
lovely young girls,
we baked a little
and slowly got ready for school.
Since school began,
life has been a whirl of activity.
I've been writing a new recorder teaching book,
which took all my time for two weeks.
Piano and recorder teaching has begun again,
as has bible study and other activities.
Catching up of appointments
(dentist, hair, chiropractor, podiatrist, optometrist ...)
Lots of reading to do.
Soon I will settle into it,
but's it's been harder than I expected to
get back into it all.
But I must say,
I am loving the quiet times at home alone,
when they do happen ...
playing some piano, and some harp.
Pottering around getting things done.
Just not enough of them ...
* * *
How are you settling into your new year routines?