We’ve waved Tabitha off for her first day in year 1 this morning, and Polly’s already completed a morning of playgroup. I can’t quite believe the holidays are over already, they seem to have flown by. Our summer has been a busy and fun-filled one, intertwined with sadness over Grandad Roger’s passing.
Roger sadly passed away on the 11th July – just one day before Tabitha broke up – and we travelled up to Stoke to join Tom for the first weekend of the holidays. We then headed back to London briefly to spend one day with Nanny Pam before flying to France for a week’s holiday. We spent 7 nights in a lovely two-bedroomed apartment in Antibes. We played in the sand, swam in the sea, dined on the beach, visited Marineland and a gallery in the hills. Tabitha and Polly made friends with a couple of Scottish girls – Maeve and Orla – and enjoyed playing at the beach with them several times.
On our return to London, we squeezed in a few visits to Mortlake Hall, had play dates with Tom & Rachel, Jamie & Sam and Aurelia & Angeline and one trip to the open gym, before heading back up to Stoke in a hire car for Grandad Roger’s funeral. The girls were involved in the day, although didn’t attend the actual service; one of Ros’s friends kindly looked after them in an upstairs room at the church. The following day, we drove all the way to Higham in Essex (a very long five hours in the car). We’d hired the Cartlodge for a few days and when we’d finally arrived and unpacked the car we had a lovely dinner at the Sun Inn pub in nearby Dedham. Tabitha was up so late that night that she saw Mars and Venus in the night sky! The following day we hosted a fun family gathering and Nanny Pam stayed the night with us. We had one more day exploring Dedham – including rowing in a boat and paddling in the river – before driving back to London.
We then had a couple of weeks at home – we went to a few stay & play sessions, had Sarah & Connie round for lunch, caught up with the Cotterells and the Boots, had Matt Smith for dinner and Aneet, Louisa, Jo and Rolo the dog round for lunch. We started viewing a few properties in the hope of upsizing in the near future. Also during this time, Polly finally cracked toilet training and stopped wearing nappies in the day!
Then it was back up to Stoke for the long Bank Holiday weekend. We went to Waterworld and Peak Wildlife Park, me and Margaret went to yoga and Tom and I had an Indian meal out with his friends. On Saturday night Ishya stayed for a sleepover and we all had a pub lunch on Biddulph Moor on Sunday before Priti collected her. On Monday we drove to Wilmslow to meet up with Gemma & Christian and meet baby Isabelle, before carrying on to Ishya’s house. We had a quick play with the logs at Dunham Massey and a Pizza Express tea. On Tuesday we climbed up to the troughstones (something Tabitha’s wanted to do for ages) before heading back to London on the train.
In the final week of the holidays, Nanny Pam came to play, we went to the collector’s fayre, went swimming in Richmond, and went to the dentist. Tabitha had to have another hearing test but got the all clear.
What a long, hot summer it has been. It has been fun but it will be so nice to get back to normal after such a long break to the routine. So long Summer!