I finally feel able to lift my head above the fog that is the summer holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I completely love having the girls at home and leaving the school runs behind, but it plays havoc with any type of organisation. I will admit that it has taken me a few days to get motivated to dust off the blog – there was the small matter of about 30K emails that needed
deleting filing but I’m back!
Tomorrow will see the return of Bake of the Week – We are launching a new #BakeoftheWeek Facebook group where hopefully a beautiful community will blossom and we can support each other through our creations and recipes. Feel free to shout if you would like an invitation – we’d love to have you.
I didn’t want to just launch into a new season of recipe and posts without a quick look back at what we got up to in August though. Fair to say, our summer didn’t exactly go to plan!
My video below is a quick snippet of how August went – I had such good fun trying to squeeze a busy month into less than 2 minutes that I’m planning on doing a similar video every month. Please click to subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch each splendid instalment!
So what did we do?
The Lake District
You may remember me saying that we weren’t planning on moving far this summer. We had our caravan booked into Skelwith Fold in Ambleside for 4 weeks with the intention of popping backwards and forwards, spending lots of time walking, eating and chilling out. Well, the weather had other plans – I’ve managed to take a couple of pictures when it wasn’t torrential rain, but not many!
After a couple of weeks, it became clear that the caravan was not the holiday for us any longer. I will be writing a full post on our reasons why but for now, we decided to sell up. The video shows our last day in the van (It was raining as usual).
The Special Olympics
One of the best things about being involved in a sport like synchro is the chance for Millie to take part in displays at sporting events. TV programmes are quite often searching for teams to get involved – CBBC recently asked the girls to take part in a show that will air in October and they have also been asked to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. During August, the City of Leeds athletes were invited to take part in the closing ceremony of The Special Olympics being held in Sheffield.
This was the culmination of 4 days of competition by around 2600 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities from all over the country. This was one of our best days of the summer – The atmosphere around the pool was just brilliant. So friendly, everyone supporting everyone else and the synchro girls were treated like VIPs. I’ve included a clip in the video of everyone waiting for the closing ceremony to start, singing and dancing their heads off. I wish everywhere I went to could be such good spirits and people be so free to just have an amazing time. The first lift of the swim is Millie in case you were wondering too!
Run With George
Violet took part in another Run with George, her classmate from primary who is doing an incredible job of running 100 x 1 mile runs to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Violet was also super lucky the night she did the run at Langtree Park (Home of St Helens Rugby) winning the raffle and taking home a new Sony phone.
Well, we sold our caravan just in time to be able to book an impromptu holiday to Portugal. I will blog more about it very soon but it was completely lovely! We booked just 5 days before we were due to go. It was actually my birthday the day we booked but later the same day, poor Tara managed to fall, fracturing a small bone in her arm. Still, didn’t put her off having a great time on her hols as you will see in the video. I never did get to go out for my birthday meal though!
Millie wasn’t with us in Portugal as she was happily away with her friend and her family in Cyprus – Again, you will see from the video that she had a great time! Very weird only being a 4 on our holidays though – Is this a sign of things to come?