August intentions are dictated by events, rather than a mood or inclination. August is holiday month and it’s busy and that feels good. The school holidays have landed and I’ve planned and organised, you can just see my slightly obsessive planner in the photo, my aim is to fill the days with activities and other children, without that, everything quickly falls apart. Currently, it’s working.
My default mode for days out at child friendly venues, or a house of small boys, is endless cups of tea. Pre-end of term I was on a whole, plenty of water, herbal tea and then the holidays hit and I quickly slipped back to packet of biscuits and strong tea to cope with front-line child entertainment. The ritual of making tea is especially enjoyable in the school holidays. It’s my breather moment, that space of quiet, away from the fray of 8-year-old chatter and noise, and of course, I deserve ALL the biscuits. Biscuits are to be replaced by fruit and strong tea with sugar and loads of milk; for herbal. I had been really keen on loose leaf blended tea from a new Bristol opening; Blue Bird tea. Infuser and hot water. Takes longer to cool and gives me a few minutes more. I sit hands cupped around the mug, blowing away the steam. Back to Blue Bird.
The reason for more prudent and healthy habits, is that in August I have a wedding to attend and I want to look peachy, glowing maybe. Intentions for August are to organise a frock and shoes to wear to the wedding. This needs to be a priority and the days are slipping by. Currently, I just can’t make a decision. On Sunday it was hot and I spent the evening browsing for ‘sleeveless and summery’ and Monday is was cold and I spent the evening clicking dresses that were ‘long sleeves and dark’. Weather dilemmas.
The big event of August is our holiday. We are off to France, camping. I’ve a lists of things that need to be gathered and packed and need to organise a bit of itinerary, hence the map. We need extra tent pegs and lots of odds and ends. Next week is a trip to the camping shop. Soon the packing piles will appear randomly around the house “don’t touch that is for the holiday”. Obviously, once in France, I will be living entirely on all the croissant and all the cheese.
To date, all that I have organised is my holiday reading; The God of Small things. I’ve never read it. Will one book be enough?
After, I written an organised this post, I looked at the days of August and realised by the time we return, September will be almost here and that I should organise ‘back to school’. I hate soon as the holidays beginning the shops put up their ‘back to school’ signs. I think I might just ignore that until it’s too late and I am hostage to an entire day spent queuing in shoe shops. For now, I will concentrate on wedding shoes and frocks – much more fun! Suggestions for good dress websites gratefully received.