Summer holidays… How are you fairing?!

I meant to write this post a few weeks ago, before the summer holidays started, but the end of term rush amongst about a million other real-life things meant it got forgotten. So I thought I would write it now and see how we are all fairing as we head into week 3 (already?!) of these summer holidays and to give you some ideas if you’ve already exhausted yours so far!

We were organised enough, a couple of weeks before breaking up, to complete our summer bucket lists. Every year we sit down and compile a list of mainly free or inexpensive activities we would like to do over the 6 week break.

Mostly this gets referred to on rainy days or days we don’t have other plans. When talking about it this year, Eli said to me, “It should really be a bucket-and-spade list mummy shouldn’t it?!” which gave me an idea. Usually our summer bucket list comprises a “mind map” or spider diagram… but this year after some searching on Pinterest I found these. We used some stickers from Baker Ross and it saved what would have been a slightly fraught Sunday afternoon.

So far this summer we have attended Camp Bestival unexpectedly after a friend arranged tickets for us – this meant me solo camping with the children (and, more importantly, solo tent building, which is possibly why it got blown down on the final day… although I take pride in knowing that they cancelled the whole festival because of the weather, so it can’t JUST be my woeful tent erection… ahem…) and have had a couple of days on various beaches.

Still to do on the list:

  • Make ketchup – this was Carys’s idea and I have no real clue where it came from but it seems a good enough one and I am planning to use this recipe: 1 chopped onion, 1 clove garlic chopped, 2 tins chopped tomatoes or equivalent fresh, 125ml red wine vinegar, 100ml maple syrup, 1/2 tsp mustard powder, 1 tbsp tomato puree, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Soften the onion, then add all the other ingredients, bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Put into sterile jars!
  • Make lemonade – Eli is obsessed with lemonade so I figure this way I can at least monitor what goes in it! I will let you know the recipe I have used once I have used it!
  • Go on a bike ride – both children can now ride a normal pedal bike (until recently, C was on the balance bike) that combined with a great coastal cycle path mean this should be really achievable.
  • Have chips / picnic on the beach – we have done this already, but you know…. why not again?! We might even see how many different beaches we can achieve this on!
  • Decorate pebbles – most local areas have a Facebook group now to find and hide them!

I must confess I also did this activity with my class (shameless end of term time filler, but it was a real eye opener…) Here are some of their suggestions:

make some cakes to deliver to family / an elderly neighbour – make puppets and put on a show – movie afternoon with home made snacks – camp in the garden / front room – make breakfast for the family – hold a summer BBQ / garden party – make magic potions – go for a walk somewhere new – combine your walk with a litter pick – gather some friends and go and play rounders in the park.

And don’t forget the summer reading challenge at your local library. It’s free and a great way to get kids reading in the holidays.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to see you through the remaining few weeks! You can also read my previous ideas here and here.

I’ll be back with some recipes later in the month and as always if there is anything specific you’d like to see on the blog, do let me know!

L x

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