- I am in denial about the fact that Cam goes back to school tomorrow and Olivia on Thursday. I don't want this summer holiday with them to end. I'm used to hanging out with them; I miss them when they're at school.
|Cam, volunteering at parkrun in Hackney last week|
- However, at the same time I am VERY excited to find myself in September. I love September, and I love the autumn - it is definitely my favourite time of year.
- My early morning runs in Epping Forest are heart-breakingly beautiful at the moment: mist, herons flying overhead, cobwebs covered with dew, the trees just on the turn from green to gold. I find myself energised by both the run and the spectacular scenery.
|Dawn in the forest|
|Epping Forest during a dawn run this morning|
- I have a smartphone for the first time ever, and my eyes have been opened to the wonders of Instagram (where I am thelistwriter) and this Relaxing Sounds of Nature app. I play the nature sounds in the middle of the night when I am awake and reading my Kindle, while I am cooking breakfast if Radio 4 gets too argumentative, and while I am folding washing or paying bills. It makes everything just much nicer.
- While I was setting up my phone I also reviewed all the podcasts I subscribe to. I took off a few that I'd stopped listening to, and added on some new ones: Seven Ages of Science, 1913: The Year Before, UK Confidential and Inside the Ethics Committee. If The Reunion was a podcast I'd have subscribed to that too, but it isn't so you have to remember to catch up on iPlayer.
- I've had such a long holiday from University, that I've started to forget that I'm actually a student nurse. When the children go back to school, my studying resumes too. I'm easing myself back in by spending the day with a friend at the newly refubished Royal College of Nursing library and heritage centre, just off Oxford Street. There will be some studying and much catching up about our summer holidays.
- I need to squeeze in another blackberrying trip or two over the next few weeks. The brambles in Epping Forest are still groaning with sweet fruit.
- The lawnmower has broken, my beloved Kindle is misbehaving and may be broken and I have just handed over what feels like my entire income for September to Clarks, M&S school uniform department and the local optician. This the other downside of the end of the school summer holidays - the children are each a shoe size and a half bigger than they were in the summer term, and at least two clothing sizes bigger. I'm not even exaggerating - they are gowing like weeds at the moment.
- Graham went camping with his triathlon club at the weekend, and I realised that this has been the only camping trip by our family this summer. How did I let that happen?
- I have another baby niece on the way, and am stalking Ravelry looking for inspiration. She will be my seventh niece/nephew, and the excitement does not diminish in the slightest with each new arrival - who will she be? what will she look like? So exciting to have another little person in the family.
|Geraniums - instagrammed by Cam on my phone|