We had a lovely time though. At 14 and 11 they are getting ever more independent. Of course there were several moments where I just wanted 11yo to stop hanging around me and try and find himself something to do that didn't involve Minecraft, where I got fed up with the mess that faced me every time I stepped into the kitchen, even if I'd left it tidy only 5 minutes before, and when I had to get in the car yet again to drop 14yo off somewhere for her busy social life. But on the whole we had a good time, they were good company, they helped me out enough so I didn't need to worry about housework too much (not that housework is high on my list of priorities at any time!) and I miss them now they're back at school.
An evening walk at Hardwick Heath
Kentwell Hall, on a long walk with parttime dog
A visit to the Dutch embassy in London to renew our passports, with flag halfmast as it was prince Friso's funeral that day
Spending a bit of quality time with 14yo at Carnaby Street
The arrival of our passports 9 days after requesting them, which meant we could still make a short trip to Holland before the holidays finished
11yo taking a picture of me taking a picture of him
Another photography enthusiast
The only way to make him laugh for a photo is to tickle him
Bumping into my best friend who I've known since we were 4 years old, in the town we grew up in
Two pictures of my favourite place in Holland - de Hoge Veluwe
11yo loves the Hoge Veluwe as much as me
Visiting a modern art gallery
A rare smile for the camera - surprisingly enough very early on the morning ferry at Hoek van Holland!
And that was our summer. The weather changed last Friday from very hot and sunny to windy and wet, and now we're having some of those cold in the morning but sunny later on days which makes me love Autumn. The kids were both looking forward to returning to school and I'm ready to return to a more regular routine. Life is good.