You’d be forgiven for thinking the summer hadn’t started yet. I can’t believe it’s already nearly the end of term. We’re spending so long shivering under our umbrellas, checking the forecast and waiting for the warm summer to begin…if we’re not careful it’ll pass us by altogether.
Round here we’ve decided to just get on with the summer we’ve been given. Life goes on, even if the weather doesn’t always play ball.
July has certainly been a busy month for us so far. Last week we took advantage of the teacher strike day and went to Legoland. I feel slightly guilty that we had such a fun day while they were striking, but I’m not one to miss the chance to bypass the crowds. We had a great day. And you know what? It didn’t rain. It was our second visit, and was much more relaxing than last year as we knew where to go, and what to avoid.
The following weekend I set up shop at Ely market for the first time. My shop is primarily online, but markets seem a great way to meet new customers and up my sales a bit. Sadly, I think we used up all our weather good fortune at Legoland. The weather was terrible and it rain lashed down for almost the entire day. It was a good test of our fortitude as stall holders though. It can only get better, hey?
The next day we went punting in Cambridge – which was lovely. Rain threatened, but never really came. We were on a chauffeured tour as part of a work event, but we’d like to go back again for some solo punting very soon. Hopefully we won’t be the ones who lose their pole (there’re always someone)!
I had my birthday this week and was spoilt with lots of lovely presents and, even better, a day off school runs and swimming lessons. Can you guess how old I am? I’ll give you a clue.
Lots has been happening in the garden too. The new plants have quietly got bigger and everything’s filling out. They don’t seem to mind the rain, although they definitely don’t like the army of slugs which creep out every night.
The first of our new raised beds is also filled with peas and dwarf beans.
You may also have noticed I’ve got a fringe again! As soon as you’ve finished growing one out, it’s time to have one cut in again… I’m not regretting it yet.
So that’s a little bit of life lately. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer so far and the rain/politics/general gloom isn’t getting you down too much!