I still have work to do before I’m officially on holidays but yesterday morning we woke and basked in the promise of six weeks without school. Come midday the word “bored” was being thrown about a bit and whilst there were a few squabbles that needed resolving, for the most part it was a good day.
I enjoy the winding down that this time of year brings; the busyness that gives way to days without plans. Come Christmas Day I’m usually somewhat exhausted but it’s a nice kind of sleepiness – a full bellied, mid-summer weariness that’s cured by afternoon naps, long reading sessions and ocean swims.
I have two weeks off work before I launch into a slightly mad eight weeks before baby arrives so I’m going to make the most of it. Our garden is thriving and although we only planted vegetable seedlings two weeks ago, it won’t be long before I’m picking all that green for our summer plates. There’s flowers too – so many bright, rambling blooms that require little work from me but provide such satisfaction.
Yesterday, a package arrived from across the seas; the softest wrap for baby – a gift from me to him/her. I’ve been quite strict with buying for baby so when I saw this I knew it was the perfect blend of practicality and beauty; a heirloom piece that will be used every day. Four layers of unbleached cotton gauze finished with a crochet trim (found at one of my favourite boutiques, Willaby). I opened it after coming home from a midwife appointment where my intuition was confirmed; baby has turned and is now head down – I really can feel feet in my ribs! I know a few of you have asked for a post about baby essentials and yes, it is coming (although from a rather frugal perspective considering third-time around, I’m very well aware that you don’t really need much at all).
Have a lovely day, friends. What are your plans? I’m writing (and making food for hungry children) but I think a bit of present wrapping may be in order (everything has been purchased but nothing has been wrapped).