Cerulean blue skies, family days and ping-pong

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I’ve been feeling a bit ‘meh’ for the last few days and it seems I’m not alone. CJ’s post at Above the River this morning and various comments from readers hit the nail on the head. It’s that mid-school holiday dip when everything’s out of sync and it’s hard to keep a grip on what day it is, let alone any sort of order. I’m not good with household chaos, half-finished jobs and the detritus of family life scattered all over the house. I get irritable and snappy. I am, perhaps, a little ‘OCD’.

So, it’s time to shake it off and get my mojo back. I’ve just completed a work-related project that’s been hanging over me somewhat and got two loads of washing done and I feel much better. And, coming to think of it, we’ve actually had some lovely moments over the past week, so I’ll share some of those with you and stop moping!

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We had a lovely afternoon at Broadstairs (after some school uniform shopping) – sunshine, sandy beach and ice creams. It’s a charming Victorian seaside town and well worth a visit.
It was my dad's birthday at the weekend and we had a very happy couple of days with my brother and his family and my parents. I do love seeing our children all together.
It was my dad’s birthday at the weekend and we had a very happy couple of days with my brother and his family and my parents. I do love seeing our children all together. My sister-in-law brought these beautiful flowers along.
I made Jane Brocket's Lemon Chiffon Cake for dad's birthday cake. It's a bit like a souffle and you have to treat very gently. It rose so much that it spilled out of the top of the tin and I had to cut the a ring off to get it out of the tin. Happily, it was declared a success.
I made Jane Brocket’s Lemon Chiffon Cake (from her book Vintage Cakes) for dad’s birthday cake. It’s a bit like a souffle and you have to treat it very gently. It rose so much that it spilled out over the of the top of the tin and I had to saw the edge off to get it out. Happily, it was declared a success. He’s obviously older than 16 – I didn’t have enough candles or room for how old he really is 🙂
A day out in London – gorgeous flower stalls everywhere. This one behind St James's on Piccadilly caught my eye.
We had a day out in London. There were gorgeous flower stalls everywhere and this one on Jermyn Street caught my eye.
We were in London to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. I'd been looking forward to this hugely and it didn't disappoint. Inspiration everywhere. This is a detail from Grayson Perry's massive wall-hanging
We were in London to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. I’d been looking forward to this hugely and it didn’t disappoint – so much inspiration. This is a detail from Grayson Perry’s magnificent, huge tapestry wall-hanging ‘Julie and Rob’.
We've been playing a lot of table tennis outside when the weather has been fine, sometimes into the evening for as long as the light held. My middle child is pretty good and loves to win. I am very gracious in defeat.
And we’ve been playing a lot of table tennis outside when the weather has been fine, sometimes into the evening for as long as the light holds. My middle son is pretty good and loves to win (I am very gracious in defeat). This is David and my daughter, who’s getting pretty handy with a bat too.