Ah the Golden Hour, that magical hour in the Summer when the sun sets and the long grasses sway lazily in the breeze. How I love thee. But sometimes the Golden Hour is, well not golden. It's overcast and grey with a menacing threat of rainfall.
Mainly glorious, occasionally not so much so. That sort of sums up the Summer holidays too. As they draw to an end I find myself reflecting back on all the travelling and fun things we have squeezed in. The inevitable internal guilt about not having time to get the work done that I would like to and yet at the same time not caring. Family comes first and the pleasure has been all mine.
Kitty has taken on the role of Chief Worrier of All Things Organisational. When we leave festivals she asks 'Do we have enough fuel to get us home?' and when the sun goes in she turns to Ozzy and asks 'Do you need me to get you a jumper? You don't want to catch a chill'.She's a sharp memory, I've not used a post-it note for the past five weeks, just asked her to remind me things and sure enough, she's never failed me. I think she is mothering me.
Ozzy has a renewed confidence. I looked up at a festival to see him dancing on a hay bale like no one was watching. He's started and held conversations with children and grown ups alike, there's not an ounce of shyness in him. He's in a state of limbo between 'little boy' and 'boy'. When he heard 'The Wheels on the Bus' being played in a music tent at the weekend he looked up at me and sternly told me 'Don't even think of taking me in there - that's for babies'. And then hummed the tune all the way home to himself.
I'm convinced that spending so much time outdoors has helped the harmony over the holidays as I wrote in The Importance of getting Outdoors in the Summer Holidays last week. Nature plays a big part in our lives, it's a passion that my children see I have and naturally they adopt that love too. My lovely friend Lucy who blogs at Lulastic and the Hippyshake has released her second book today, '30 Days of Rewilding', with the tagline 'find your place in nature and watch your family bloom' it's instantly appealing to me and I'll be reading it on the flight to New York next week (and reporting back).
If you fancy reading it yourselves you can get it here:
For Non Kindle: Also available as a simple PDF which can be read on any Ereader or computer. Download 30 Days of Rewilding as a PDF here.