Yay! Summer! Time for holidays and time off work and doing THINGS. Although I’m not actually going to be taking any time off work as I used all of my leave to extend my maternity leave for as long as possible and so Betsy will continue to go to nursery, but yay! Summer! There’s quite a thing on the net to write a summer bucket list – that is to write a list of the things that you want to do before summer’s end, but there’s something about the term ‘bucket list’ I’m not really keen on, so here it is just a simple wish list. Betsy wold like to point out that eating ice cream should be the most important thing on the list and ‘mucking about’ should also be on there too. Quite right.
Go to the beach
We haven’t been down to Milford since Easter and we are more than due again. I’d also like to see Brighton and visit Margate for the first time too.
Who doesn’t want to make doughnuts? I’ve never tried it before, the amount of hot oil needed scares me a bit, but there is nothing finer than a freshly made doughnut, especially if it’s a St John recipe.
Visit Epping Forest
We are not far from Epping Forest at all, yet I’ve not been for about six years. Time to pack a picnic and a map and start exploring.
Go to ALL the school fêtes.
I mentioned this on Living Arrows, but we have to apply for Betsy’s school place this autumn term and so we’re checking out all the local schools. And you can’t beat a good school fête, can you? Dave won two bottles of wine at one tombola last weekend, wooo!
Sew some dresses for Betsy
I’ve got a shiny new sewing machine! It’s blooming lovely. Project number one has already started and it’s looking okay. Wearable, but not perfect. It’s lovely to be creating something again though.
Do the lettering course
Somewhere in my Studio Calico account is a Love Your Lettering course I enrolled for months ago, but I still haven’t properly sat down with it. Time to do it now!
Start Couch to 5K
I’m still really unfit despite upping my walking since January. Also, I’m pretty sure I’m not a runner and there’s no way I can run five kilometers, but there’s also a part of me that really wants to give it a go and prove myself wrong. I wouldn’t normally make something like this so public, but I feel I need to put it out here so I have no excuse to not do it. Also, does anyone fancy doing it with me? I could do with the moral support! (although I may wait for this bit of really hot weather passes otherwise I’ll kill myself)
Fly a kite
Betsy is mad on kite flying, but we’ve yet had the chance to do it (or when we’ve had it with us, there’s not been enough wind). Maybe we’ll take it on the beach with us?
Eat homemade ice-cream
We have a very under-used ice cream maker, which is shocking and wrong. It’s so easy to make ice cream, really need to make more of it, especially in this weather!
Visit the pick your own farm
I love our trips to Parkside Farm and I’ve finally used up all the raspberries I picked last year. More please!
…and make some jam
Because we will never eat all of that fruit fresh.
Like everyone else in the world, I’ve been reading and loving The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. She’s such a sweet and gentle writer and her number one rule of only keep what brings you joy is a winner. Totally inspiring and I’ve not stopped nodding as I read. We’re getting a bit buried in stuff here and need a jolly good sort out!
Yes. I’ve got out of my stride (again) and there’s so much to say, like lunches! And a farm! And disco dancing!
Take Betsy and Arthur to the theatre
I’ve meaning to do this for ages. Before Arthur, Betsy and I saw loads of things together, but Arthur hasn’t been to anything, the poor neglected second child! We have a great local theatre near us (Chickenshed) who do a kids show aimed at 0-6 year old so perfect for my two and I have a couple of tickets for their summer show, which will be nice. I am also going to take Boo down into London and see another show as a nice daughter/mama thing. One of her favourite books at the moment is Tiddler, so we’ll be taking a trip to the Leicester Square Theatre and see the adaptation of that, she’ll love it!
One of Dave’s ambitions is to take the kiddos camping soon for a couple of nights, and I’m totally up for that – it’s the closet thing we’ll be getting to a holiday for this year!
Visit the zoo
It’s been over a month since we were last at Whipsnade so we are more than due a visit. A year or so ago we popped in the week before the schools broke up and we practically had the place to ourselves. It was glorious. Must do that again.
So that’s our list. It’s quite small, but enough to keep us (me) busy. There are also plans to do more to the garden, but that’s a separate blog post! What are your plans for the summer?