Here’s my first holiday #Sundaysevens of the Summer 🙂 It feels like it’s taken forever to get here this term! While I’m still marking (for one of the major exam boards), it’s been lovely slowing down just a little. Head over to Nat’s blog to find out more about the idea behind #Sundaysevens.
When I’m tired and life’s busy, the first thing to go to pot is my diet. My Summer’s resolution was to start eating more healthily, so to kick start this I purchased two, new, cook books on Monday, both with a real focus on ‘natural‘, healthy eating. The ‘Deliciously Ella‘ book, based on her blog, is vegan, whilst the ‘Hemsley and Hemsley’ one does include both dairy and meat. I’m not vegetarian, but do eat mostly vegetarian food at home, so both of these appealed. There’s a whole lot of coconut oil and nut butters featured, but it looks delicious! My husband may take more convincing… On Tuesday I started the day the ‘Deliciously Ella’ way with her creamy coconut porridge. It tasted as good as it looked 🙂 By Thursday I had to prepare it for both of my children too; we’re all hooked! My son declared it ‘the breakfast of kings’ praise indeed 🙂
It would have been hard to resist this one, despite all the negative reviews it’s had, so I didn’t even try! So Wednesday saw me purchase Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’ and hasten to the nearest Costa for a coffee and a quick read. I’ve only managed the opening chapters (still marking) so far, but it’s really interesting on an academic level, if nothing else. On Thursday my daughter volunteered me to go into her school to help with a puppet-making project. I don’t normally get the chance to do this, so it was lovely to help out, especially on a sewing project. This is my daughter’s rabbit puppet (now completed and very cute).
On Friday, I caught up on a bit on hand sewing in the sunshine (and yes, this is one of those scarves I should have finished off (it took all of about ten minutes for each…) ages ago). We headed down to the lovely town of Marlow, just outside London, to stay with family on Saturday. Not sure this photograph does the place justice, but it’s a very pretty, high street.
We ended the week by visiting Cliveden (the National Trust property where the Profumo scandal took place), where we spent a lovely morning wandering around in the sunshine. All in all, a lovely first week of the holidays. I’m hoping to finish off my marking in the next couple of days so I can enjoy a couple of days to myself before my children break up too. Hope everyone else has been enjoying the start of the Summer holidays 🙂