Wednesday, 1 July 2015
life in the slow lane
It has been a week since schools finished for the summer. It seems much longer, the days are seemingly endless and yet pass in a tick. So far, we have not ventured far and we have barely used the car.
Our mornings are slow. I spend an hour or so in bed reading a book and enjoying the coffee Richard made me before he left for work. The children pursue their various interests independently. Breakfast is eaten anytime anyone feels like it. There may be multiple small breakfasts. Sam eats his about 2pm. Later, I spend an hour or so doing housework. There is not a huge amount of mess because we are outside quite a lot of the time. There is of course always laundry. We walk Jack, go to the play park, play in the garden, watch a bit of telly, sew for a few minutes, pop out to the shops.The other day Annie and I nipped out to the supermarket for a quick shop. Halfway through the checkout, the tills stopped working. Every single one of them. We waited around for a bit, were offered chocolates to make the waiting sweeter, waited some more. Eventually, the shop was evacuated for health and safety reasons. I couldn't see any immediate risk to my health nor safety, the atmosphere was cheerful enough and there was no sign of rioting, or looting but we had no choice but to abandon our unpaid groceries.
I really rather like it like this. I feel ever so relaxed and I think everyone else is relaxed, too. Richard's work is slowing down because the academic year is finished. The other day we met him for a picnic on campus. James, Alistair, Jack and I walked there along the Kelvin and back. The photo above was taken just outside our workplace.
The weather has been so so. It is warm and muggy with the odd shower, mostly overcast. Still, the back door remains open and the windows, too. Today is apparently the hottest day recorded in the UK. It is amusing how the media hype the heat up. As if there was not otherwise enough to worry about in the world, for example the defaulting of Greece or the growing threat of IS to our lives. Maybe worrying about the weather is a displacement worry?
The next few days will be a little busier but not much so. Richard and Sam are going wild camping for one night and Annie is going to Fife with a friend for a couple of days. The little ones and I will continue with our routine, breaking it maybe to pop out to Nardini's on Byres Rd for an ice cream. On Saturday we'll be welcoming a Swiss teenage girl. She'll be staying with us for two weeks to get some exposure to the English language. She'll be returning with a thick Glasgwegian accent no doubt. I hope she doesn't find us dead boring. We have a few things planned to stave off boredom, just in case.
How do you like your holidays? Lazy or active? I like both but ideally, the first week is lazy. Have a great midweek. Cx