Just got back from our family holiday in Morocco, with temperatures hitting the 50s it was never going to be easy with two youngish kids. My eldest did get quite frazzled especially having to wear the obligatory head scarf – although she did look fab in it!
The highlight of the week was a ride out on camels into the Sahara Desert where we camped out under the stars and my past Festival experience came in very handy in a place without loos! My youngest discovered his ‘inner Lawrence of Arabia’ with a fine command of his camel and I took the most amazing photo on my ipod of the shadows the four of us made as we trecked across the sand. I even managed to get some inspiration for some moves for a workout from a demonstration of traditional Berber music and dance!
Back now in Blighty’s mini heatwave and very excited about The Olympics (or should I say London 2012 Games – don’t want to get into trouble for breaching copyright!), anyway, I took the kids into London yesterday and the atmosphere was amazing, everybody was really buzzing and the kids loved spotting all the official pink Olympic direction signs.
Of course we’re still surrounded by boxes even though it’s weeks now since the move. A little angel has joined us, however, in the form of my young God Daughter who it would seem has a love of cleaning – in the time she’s been here she has totally organised my eldest’s bedroom, cleaned the house from top to toe and just now I found her hoovering out the car! I rang her Dad just now to ask if she could stay a second week…
As always the school Summer Holidays are a bitter sweet combination of quality time with the kids whilst also fighting the Boredom Battle, trying to get some work done and trying to make sure that healthy exercise is obtained by all. I’ve discovered lots of things that kill two birds with one stone like Strawberry Picking – the farm is a 15 minute walk down the lane (exercise), the picking takes a couple of hours (Boredom held in bay) and they come back with lovely fresh fruit (that’s the shopping done!) Another good ruse is water fights in the garden – they think they’re having naughty fun but actually they’re burning off loads of energy running round and round in the fresh air! Other healthy diversions I’ve so far come up with are dog walking and garden treasure hunts.
It was my birthday last week while I was away, and today Kate my assistant brought me a bag that she’d made for me – it’s made from a fabric featuring British dogs and has a red heart keyring attached to it featuring an S with a crown over it – I love it!!