Back to School! Goodbye Lazy Hazy Days of Summer.

Sometimes I hear people moaning about how long the summer holidays are and how they’re ready for their kids to go back to school. I’m afraid that I fall firmly in the other camp called Denial of the Real World where we stay in our pj’s until…well, okay, the whole day. And we watch a lot of Gilmore Girls re-runs and then hang out at the beach. And eat ice cream every day. Which may explain why my autumn clothes are feeling a little snug. Maybe.

A woman eating a huge ice cream cone with sprinkles
 Ice Cream. It’s what’s for dinner.

And I stay away from the shops where they are peddling new school uniforms and lunchboxes before school has even broken up for the summer (only to repeat the same thing with Christmas stuff before school has gone back in September- but that’s another story).

Bliss…

Goodbye Lazy Hazy Days of Summer.

We had what might be the best summer I’ve ever experienced in my nearly 20 years in the UK. It was sunny. Yes, actual sun. Almost every day. And one of our visits to the beach didn’t require a wind-break.

A picture of a young girl standing on the beach with the waves crashing
Evening at the beach.

The holidays were peppered with some wonderful conversations and confidences from Minnie Sue about things like World War II (thanks to her week with Daddy and her visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial); body image; self-confidence; and minimalism. But lest you think she’s a mini-adult, there were plenty of days dressing up the American Girls; raucous evenings of hide and seek with a gang of kids; riding bikes and walking the kittens on their leads.

As a result, the Summer 2016 will live in my memory as a year when my little girl straddled the world of important Tweenage decisions and the sheer joy of just being a child.

A photograph of two cats wearing harnesses and leads and sitting in a garden
Look how well behaved our cats are when they are being ‘walked’ on leads.

 

UK Yankee is Back to School (Work)!

And then Bang! It’s September. Suddenly the leaves are dropping off our tree and the hollyhocks are turning brown. Minnie Sue and I have to face facts that its time to be sewing name tags into school uniforms and actually bothering to get dressed every morning. The Grim Face of Reality.

This week, she went back to school and I went back to work. We set alarm clocks and had sensible breakfasts (e.g. not Pop Tarts. I’m trying to set a good example).

Back to School
And with the first day of school came the rain.

It’s Autumn and we’re heading for The Grey Weather that characterises so much of the year over here. Oh how I long for the crisp blue skies of a Midwestern Fall and visits to the pumpkin farm.

But English Autumn has its own charms and I would be remiss not to mention them. We’re switching gears and letting go of summer and as a result, I’m definitely looking forward to

  • Welly Boot Walks
  • The local Apple Festival
  • Breakfast picnics with our Haybarn friends
  • Halloween!!!!
  • Bonfire Night

Here’s hoping that you’re all having a smooth gear change!

Leave a comment below with your favourite things about Fall/Autumn! Are they the same as mine? 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Back to School! Goodbye Lazy Hazy Days of Summer.

  1. Favorite things about fall: Crisp, sunny Days, Sweatshirts, the leaves changing colors, visiting the pumpkin patch with our grand children, the smell of a camp fire, football, and the cozy feeling of adding an extra blanket at night.
    Fall is my favorite time of year!!!!

  2. Rides to look at the fall colors. Remembering how fun the trips to the pumpkin farm were even when you were the mom chaperone trying to keep track of a gaggle of children. Sweatshirts for sure, especially ones with a hood. Sleeping with the windows open. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice frozen custard, and spice scented candles. The comfort meal of meat loaf, baked potatoes and acorn squash. Fall is one of my favorite times of year. When we get to Spring, my other favorite time, I’ll tell you why.

  3. I love the yellow leaves that are as beautiful blanketing the ground as they are on the trees. I look forward to wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a kangaroo pocket where I can tuck my chilly hands or store an apple for a snack. As day ends, I love the slowly fading sunlight that backlights the autumn trees. I love my October birthday!

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