Well wonderful overstates it by rather a lot to be honest. Reasonably pleasant day will do. Boys have reached the not hugely co-operative point of the summer where if they are not playing on a screen or hanging out with friends (ideally both) there is a level of sulkiness and feet dragging and general reluctance to engage.
I can recognise the symptoms of too much left to his own devices in Sam. His interest and concentration levels and ability to keep himself happy have plummeted and we ‘so’ need to get back on with ‘school’. July and August are the time I really resent having to fit around school. Not at all because I don’t enjoy having Jack around, I love having him home. But I’d like him home in June and July when we’re all tired, hayfeverish and unwell and back to school now please.
Anyway I took us away from the screens yesterday in an effort to shake off the doldrums and spend a bit of time with Grandad. We had a drive through the country lanes of Sussex to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. It’s a place I heartily recommend particularly on their activity days (usually Weds in school holidays). We’ve had some lovely days there over the years.
Lots of old buildings to explore and activities laid on. I can’t say the boys embraced the opportunities offered to them. But hey ho. Sam did get into it a bit in the end. Jack had taken a friend so left them to it.
He also did some brass rubbing.
Made a bath bomb (after I caused problems on the lavendar front – trigger very sore eyes and asthma attacks), a badge, a crook (but it was newspaper and didn’t survive long) and a couple of candles.
Bit too busy and school holidayish for us.