Friday, 14 August 2015

it has been a long week


Friday sneaked up on my quite suddenly. I am glad to sit on my yellow armchair, feet on the footrest. I wish I could say I have a Margarita to my side but I don't.

Nothing extraordinary happened all week, I haven't made anything and I haven't taken any photos apart from the one above, and a few more. Still, there is always something worthwhile remembering:

::  We had a sunny day. Yes, an entire day of sun.

::  Coincidentally, this one sunny day (Thursday) was also the first day back at school. Typical. I have now two children at High School and two children at Primary School. Annie started big school yesterday. Already she seems so much more grown up. I can only assume that she liked it, she looked happy enough but didn't have much time for her poor old mother, preferring instead to meet up with friends. Tonight she is camping with Scouts. 

:: Every day on my cycle home from work through the woods I stopped for a handful or two of wild raspberries. My mouth is watering just at the thought of those tiny, sweet and juicy berries. The blackberries are not far behind. The raspberries have been the highlight of my days.

:: I had a punctured bike tyre, which meant I had to push my bike home from work because, embarrassingly, I still rely on my man to fix my bike for me.

:: It looks like have childcare under control. I have been working school hours for so long that I forgot how complicated after school care can be, particularly if the school's own after school club is oversubscribed and potential family helpers live hundreds of miles away. It felt very strange yesterday not to meet the kids at the school gates. I'll miss our days at the park, and our long walks with the dog, too. I'll still get to pick them up once a week.

  ::  We have dogcare under control, too. I have found a dog walker to take Jack out twice a week. He gets to go to the Campsies whilst I am sitting at my desk looking out my South facing window, wishing to be walking myself. The Campsies are a range of hills north of Glasgow with breathtaking scenery and beautiful walks. This leaves three working days to exercise Jack. Richard and my working patterns and the closeness of our place of work allow for dog walks (just not very day).

:: Talking of the dog, Jack has first birthday this weekend. He has invited his pal Rudie for a roll around the garden and a bite of chicken & steak cake (in his dreams). Rudie is bringing his owners, so that us humans can have some fun, too. I don't think we'll be rolling around the garden but if we do I'll be sure to take some photos to share with you.


In the meantime, have a great weekend. x








19 comments:

  1. What a lovely photo Christina. I'm glad you've got everything sorted and under control, right down to the dog. I hope he has a lovely birthday, he has quite a charmed life I think! Enjoy the weekend. CJ xx

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  2. Back to school already I always foret they go back early north of the border, hope you have lovely doggy birthday -)

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  3. What a lovely photo! You do make me laugh and I now have visions of you rolling around in the garden with Rudie's owners!

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  4. I like the sound of your yellow arm chair, gosh are your kids back at school already it wont be long until it's school time here. I'm thankful for the weekend too it's been a shocker of a week but your doggie birthday sounds fun, I hope you all have a lovely time xx

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  5. What a week of change and milestones! Enjoy your weekend, rolling and all.........

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  6. Happy birthday Jack! I hope he has a lovely time with his friends and the humans also have fun. I also rely on my man to fix my bike as well as car/computer/anything else that breaks :S The raspberries sound yummy, and I hope you're all settling into your new routines :) x

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  7. Is that a first day back at school photo? I always used to take one every year. I think they do grow up once they start secondary school, as you say, the change seems to be overnight. Happy birthday to Jack, Archie's feeling very badly done to now as he gets nothing like chicken and steak cake for his birthday.

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  8. Hi Christine,

    That's a nice back to school photograph. Happy birthday to Jack. You sound very well organised.

    Hope you all have a great weekend, and I hope Jack and Rudie enjoy the party!

    All the best, Barbara xx

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  9. Happy Birthday Jack! Sounds like a good week! I hope that Annie really enjoys her new school! xx

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  10. Back to school already. Mine seemed to grow up quickly once they moved up to secondary school, but I quite liked their new found independence. I hope Jack has a lovely birthday - he must be about the same age as my Flora, her first birthday is on the 25th. Have a great weekend. Jane xx

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  11. That's a great photo. It's been back to school for my daughter this week as well (part-time), and the fact that the first summery day in ages was on the first day back was not lost on us! It sounds like you are off to a good start, and I hope that things continue to go as planned. Family life is very complicated, I think. (And for that reason, I don't apologise about asking my husband to repair my bike. My talents and contributions lie elsewhere...)

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  12. I love foraging for berries. It always surprises me that most people will walk right by a perfectly fine berry patch. I think people have become so used to buying food in grocery stores, that they somehow don't think the berries of the side of the bike path would be edible too! Glad that Jack will have some excitement in his day also. It sounds like a great doggie daycare!

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  13. I can't believe Jack is a year old already. I'm glad you've got doggie-care and childcare settled, that must be a relief for you. I hope the school year is a good one for all of you. I love the photo of your kids. They've all grown a lot, and the little boys are looking more and more alike, I think. I hope you're having a good weekend, Christina.

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  14. Childcare can be a nightmare so I am thrilled for you that you have everything under control, including the dog! Great back to school photo.

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  15. I am sooooo impressed you have the dog and the kids all under control, as having stopped by my place you can clearly see that I have not!! I reckon you can take the rest of the year off with as many margaritas as you want, toss in the odd organic freshly picked raspberry from the side of the road and you enjoy! Gorgeous photo of the kids, it's one to treasure :)
    Wren x

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  16. We've still got three weeks of our holidays left to go and I think for the first time ever, I'm not at the point of wishing it was sooner. You sound like you're well under control - long may it last! Oh, and to so carefree that a roll around the garden is the highlight of your birthday! :-) xx

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  17. Your kids look fantastic on their first day of school Happy Birthday to Jack! One already I can't believe it. Some weeks you are just happy to get through with everyone still breathing. I feel like that after last week and this weekend, I am already tired and I haven't even started the week yet!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  18. It gets so complicated when school starts back again! Lovely photograph of the children. I can't believe Jack is one year old already x

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