We are back in the office and at school after a very busy but enjoyable summer.
Our summer plans developed around Eddie’s international scout camp, Norjam, which involved one week’s activities in the nearby city of Norwich. Tim then had the idea that if we could get rid of Charles for that same week, he and I could slip over to France for a little road trip. What could be simpler? He found an excellent classic sailing school which does courses in beautiful vessels for youngsters – in Devon. So off we went, driving all across the country to drop Charles off at Plymouth and then we caught the ferry to Roscoff in Brittany. Driving through Brittany, to eventually reach the centre of France, was not how I had imagined our French break, but we ended up seeing so much of the beautiful countryside and sleepy, quiet and rural parts of France. We stayed at a gorgeous B&B in a small village called La Souterraine and finally ended up in medieval Bourges, which we rather fell in love with. It is a small and beautiful city with cobbled streets, relaxed atmosphere and an exceptional cathedral. We wound our way along the Loire Valley and popped into a few chateaux and making notes of a few vineyards, all in the planning of a possible tour in 2020 – ‘Chateaux and Vineyards of the Loire’ perhaps… Doubtless we will have to come back to do some more research!
We then had two weeks of walking, swimming, eating and drinking, laughing and playing games with friends and family at our favourite place on the North Norfolk coast, Stiffkey. Alice was away on deployment with her Royal Naval Unit in Europe for three weeks this summer but joined us for camping this year, which was a real treat.
Lily made the most of her last summer at home, spending a week in Amsterdam with friends and going to Reading Music festival outside London. She has now settled at her chosen course at Falmouth University in Cornwall to study Film – well done Lily. Charles was also successful in getting into our local 6th Form to study Psychology, Politics and Classic Civilisation – well done Charles. And with that we are now a family of four and I am the only ‘girl’ – wish me luck!