Well the kidlets return to school tomorrow to begin a new school year.
They're mostly excited to see their friends again and settle into new classrooms. In Son #2's case, it's a whole new school, and he is sooo excited to be going where his big brother is. (No, he's not at high school yet, he's in Class 6, but he got offered a place at the school and we couldn't be more thrilled. Son #3 will remain at the local primary school, in the Steiner stream, where he is doing brilliantly and has a fantastic class and teacher).
Speaking of the golden boy, (Son #2) he turned 12 the other day. How the heck did that happen?
He requested chocolate cake, of course.
It's been a good summer. We've had a couple of beach breaks, one blogged earlier with an appalling lack of detail, and the other just this past weekend, this time just me and my dear friend L and our five boy-children. By golly it was good.
The boys boogie boarded constantly and when they weren't in the water they were holding a three day Monopoly fest. L and I walked, swam, read books, I cast on a pair of socks for Son #3, and on the final day we went out for coffee without the children, who preferred Monopoly to the local cafe. Apart from a brief moment of panic when, upon returning to the house, we saw a plume of smoke coming around the bend and thought the house was on fire (it wasn't), it was an entirely restful and nourishing few days. (The smoke turned out to be a band of fastmoving, thick mist coming around the headland, but it looked like it was emanating from our house. I've never seen L move so fast as when she sprinted up that hill).
When I can locate my camera cable, I'll show you a picture of the view from the balcony. You might just weep.
What else? Heaps. I just haven't found the computer time to blog or download photos. I've got lots of books and knitting to report on, and also, a most generous gift to show. Very exciting.
I did manage to finish Mr Soup's scarf, finally.
Pattern from here.
And now it's back to the clothesline. The worst bit about coming home.