Is it just me or is summer starting later and finishing earlier every year?! I'm trying not to get depressed by the late start and am focusing on the dates of the summer holidays set by the school, this means we still have almost 2 weeks for the climate to get its act together... So, in preparation for a glorious season and time spent in the garden, here are my top outdoor toys - all tried and tested by my 3 very active children!
I was talking to one of the other facilitators at The Parent Practice, Juliet Richards, this week about going back to school.... As you do when the summer holidays haven't even begun! She said her teenagers will still need some help and 'encouragement' in September to get themselves organised, but it will be easier than it has been before. They're used to it, after all.
So as the end-of-term rain hammers down outside, as the postman thinks up new and more outrageous insults as the Summer holidays go on, as the political leaders rip one another apart and as people try to figure out whether Article 50 will actually work in reality... weeks without bells and a timetable loom. Now what?
This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.