|Helping me make elder flower champagne. My youngest daughter was so funny. She tried a bit and then said "OHHHH, it's LOVELY, can I take some in my water bottle to preschool?" Er no...|
My wife had a day off last week as a day in lieu of working a weekend on a school trip, it was lovely to spend the day with her, we even managed to get up the hills for a walk before it got too hot in the morning.
We worked out that it was the first time we'd been on a walk like that with just the two of us since having children! We used to walk all the time together as well, some thing we really need to make more of an effort with.
Our youngest daughter also had her first taster day at school. She's been ready for school for so long now so she was super excited to go.
She had a great day but I think all the excitement and heat got a bit much for her. She started to suffer from heat stroke that evening and gave us a worrying few hours where she just couldn't regulate her body temperature. A few showers, wipe downs with flannels and some watermelon got her back to normal though!
We then had the climax of the last few weeks - the village festival!
This is held every other year and takes place in the church yard and the "field of fun" which also happens to be a field I rent. The parking is also in one of my fields!
|My field doesn't normally look like this!|
I'd also decided to throw a huge BBQ which seemed to take a week to prepare for! I'd invited so many people and families that we are friends with.
It was great fun and went brilliantly. Our huge patio was completely filled, I'd borrowed lots of tables and chairs. 12 litres of homemade elder flower champagne was drunk, we even had a fire as it calmed down and the last people left after 2 in the morning!
I cooked burgers and sausages from the butchers, slow cooked two huge joints of mutton and did a spatchcock chicken as well. friends brought lots of side dishes and cake so there was loads for everyone to eat.
There was so many children it was a little bonkers, at one stage one child found a wasps nest and hit it with a stick, so there was a little drama and running around down the bottom of the garden!
Summer time brings lots of hard work and late night but I just love it. This summer has been great so far, we've not eaten inside in over a month and the kids are hardly inside!
How is your summer going so far this year?