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That was the summer that was…

Summer hols

It’s been a brilliant summer. Our best in years. 

We kicked off with a quick trip to Italy, a Glee Live concert, a long weekend in Cornwall, and then a week in North Devon. Then we headed down to Brighton, our old stomping ground for a couple of weeks, and then there was a trip to London to stay at the Royal Garden Hotel for some cooking classes, before whizzing over to Heathrow Airport for an amazing behind the scenes tour. Lastly, we headed off to France for the last week of the holidays, where we had a brilliant time, courtesy of Keycamp.

Despite all the travelling our summer has been pretty low key. Mostly, we’ve spent our time swimming, building sandcastles and introducing the world of surfing to new levels of under-achievement. There have been dozens of picnics and walks and lazy afternoons on the beach.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that my brown, slightly dishevelled daughter looked positively shell-shocked at being forced back into a school uniform this morning after almost nine weeks of freedom.

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Still, I’m sure we will both be fine. You’ll be relieved to know we slipped straight back into our old routine this morning of getting up a bit too late, eating breakfast from a cup in the car (once I’d found the spare car keys, having mislaid the actual car keys somewhere between 8pm last night and 8am this morning) and arriving at school having forgotten something crucial (Flea’s PE kit) and with no idea of where Flea's new classroom actually was.

And yes, there is a button missing on her blazer, well done to those who spotted that. The way I didn't – until 8.45am this morning. 

I’ll admit it, though. I’m a bit relieved to get back to the school routine. Trying to fit what amounts to three different jobs into your day when you’re working from home and caring for a six-year-old has been a character building experience this summer, to say the least.

I’m full of good intentions about how organised I’m going to be now I’ve got all this time – no more starting work at 8pm at night, no more trying to answer emails from a beach, no more missing deadlines or forgetting to send contracts to clients. And now I look at that picture a bit more closely, I really must remember to brush Flea’s hair before we go to school.

Anyone else full of new school year resolutions this week? 



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.


  1. The Mad House

    She looks adorable and broen as a button too. The boys missed Flea this summer.

  2. Helen - Crumbs & Pegs

    I sent my daughter to nursery in the car this morning eating cheerios out of a plastic bag. Phew, feel better after reading your post!!

  3. Emma @ Mummy Musings

    Aww, she still looks very cute 😉
    If anyone says anything, it was very windy on your street this morning

  4. Jacq

    Mine had buttons missing on their first day too. I have resolved to buy some jumpers for winter.

  5. Sara

    No good intentions unless you count a nap lol. Just wanted to say you have one beautiful daughter

  6. MIdlife Singlemum

    Wishing you both a happy. productive and successful school year. xx

  7. Cass@frugalfamily

    At least she actually had the full uniform on – my two are jumperless as no one told me you had to order your jumpers two weeks in advance. How was I to know you couldn’t buy them at half past three the day before they go back to school!

  8. Emily O

    She definitely looks shellshocked, a sort of ‘what are you doing to me?’ expression. My own back to school photo was disastrous, I put it on FB not my blog. My request to the children to stand together led to two of them lying down on the floor, I had to yank one up again but the other refused. Disastrous. At least I brushed their hair though ; )

  9. Kate WitWitWoo

    Well that sounds like the most perfect school holiday. Flea’s hair says it all – I bet she had an amazing time. Oh to be 6! 🙂

  10. Sally Whittle

    Aw, thanks – she does get a great colour in the sun. Secretly, I hate her for this. Just a bit.

  11. Sally Whittle

    Oh, breakfast in a cup is a tradition round these parts…

  12. Sally Whittle

    Ah, Flea has to have the buttons for her blazer.

  13. Sally Whittle

    Aw, thanks – I’m quite keen on her!

  14. Sally Whittle

    Thanks so much, fingers crossed, eh?

  15. Sally Whittle

    Tsk. We’ve found in the past because we have to buy from the school if we leave it last minute there’s none in Flea’s size – fortunately not a problem this year as I just took the chance everything from last year would still fit!

  16. Sally Whittle

    I saw your photo on Facebook – it is a classic! I have one a bit like that from Flea last year, rolling on the floor like a lunatic.

  17. Sally Whittle

    I know – I think she truly had an awesome summer, school must seem a bit of a letdown, I think!

  18. susie@newdaynewlesson

    She looks happy and beautiful. You are doing a fab job I think.

  19. Nikki

    What a fabulous holiday for you both Sally. Been balancing wfh with the kids home all summer too – bar our three trips away! Now looking forward to managing workload a little more reasonably and not having to lock myself in the bathroom to receive journalist and client calls 🙂

  20. Mezzo-Soprano

    I bet that Flea was thrilled!


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