And Exhale....

The Summer Hols Have Begun....
I can't even tell you how fabulous that feels!!

The freedom of having no real routine and not having to prepare for school every morning is quite intoxicating....

 Add to that that the weather is absolutely glorious today....
sunshine and the most beautiful blue skies in London.....
life is good :)

My children are lucky enough to be having tennis lessons (all day) this week, it was quite lovely to see them in their tennis whites this morning, excited for the day son has never played before.

I used to regularly play tennis when I was younger and there is something very rewarding - and comforting - as a parent when you see your child loving something that you also love.

You never know - and of course they don't have to enjoy the same things - but it is absolutely precious seeing my daughter burying herself in the same books that I read as a 10 year old.

My son is blessed with bucketloads of enthusiam and joie de far he has never met an activity he didn't like....I am making the most of that!!

My daughter wants to practise her cooking skills this summer and she made these delicious salted caramel cupcakes this week-end....for the recipe see here .....

I have plenty to do today whilst my children are occupied but this afternoon I plan to go to the tennis courts early, buy a coffee and sit and read my book ("When God Was a Rabbit") for a whole hour....
there's something very relaxing about the thwack of a tennis ball going to and fro....

Happy Monday!!


  1. What a fabulous post for a Monday, it seems to capture the essence of Summer. You have painted a great picture of your children in their tennis whites. The sun is shining here in Devon too.

    Oh for the English Summer.


  2. Simone, so glad you have holiday time, so important! My children played tennis when young as well! I loved watching them play. Lovely images of summertime!


    Art by Karena

  3. Love your post. Perfect for a Monday :)

  4. sounds like everything is PERFECT and HAPPY!

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  5. Such a perfect Monday! Enjoy! xxoo :)

  6. I am happy to read the weather is co-operating and you are getting some well deserved freedom. I love the recipe for cup cakes you posted.

  7. I so love tennis too. I played back in the day and was even on the tennis team. I have the kiddies signed up for a week of tennis too in a few weeks. I am very excited to see them play tennis.

    I can't wait to see and taste what the little lady decides to cook.

    Have a great week.

    xoxo Z

  8. What a great day you had planned ~ hope the kids had a ball and that you got some reading done. Hurray for summer holidays. xo

  9. Simone, you have a special gift in the way you paint a picture of your story. So nice. xx's

  10. What a wonderful summer you and the children have stretched out before you.
    ....and, the sun has come out especially !!
    Enjoy and relax for a few weeks Simone. Goodness knows that you deserve it after the time you've had.
    Have fun, all of you. XXXX

  11. Hi Simone. I can "feel" the joy you are experiencing this summer. Your post just exudes it. You are also so right about the intoxicating sound of a tennis ball being whacked across the net continuously; epitomizes everything that is summer for me.
    (p.s sent you an e.mail)

  12. Love your enthusiasm coming through here, I can only dream of Spring down here in Oz but only a month and a bit to go!

  13. Oh sounds so dreamy, and such a great sport, tennis.

    Loving the pictures and the words as always.

    hugs Deej


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