September for me as a mum and teacher is a month of new beginnings, new routines and an intense time at work. Work has been tough this month, there have been evenings when I’ve been in bed at the same time as the children but home and work life are now both settling down into a new routine. Mr S also has a new job, he’s enjoying his new role and with both of us working part time, it does make home life easier.
No matter how busy I am, I always to try and fit in 5 minutes of reading anywhere, whether it be waiting for a child to finish a club, at swimming lessons, relaxing after tea (I call it role modelling!) I write this as despite a busy month, I have managed to read 4 books and have nearly finished a fifth. Two were brilliant, Mike Gayle’s The man I Think I Know a story of two old school friends who meet up unexpectedly in circumstances neither would ever have envisaged. It’s a brilliant story of male friendship, and is emotional and life affirming. I also really enjoyed Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love. Its a really different style of book, a love story with a commentary, as the author says, we all focus so much on the beginning but what about the course of a love story, the nitty gritty of daily life. The book analyses a relationship from meeting to middle age and there are many bits familiar to anyone in a long term relationship where you agree, laugh and get angry with the characters.
This month I’ve had cinema dates with both my children, I saw the Incredibles 2 with Little Miss and Hotel Transylvania 3 with Little Man. I loved the Incredibles, another genius Pixar film on so many levels.
The autumn tv schedule has also begun and two of my favourite programmes, Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off have returned to make me very happy. For me television needs to light and relaxing, I may be one of the few not to have watched any episodes of Bodyguard this month, its too dark and demanding for my Sunday nights, which as a teacher is invariably spent on prep for the week.
This month began with a lovely family trip out picking blackberries, it was an abundant harvest and I have made crumbles, cakes and even jam with the fruit. It was my first attempt at jam and it was a lot easier than I expected.
Little Miss and I both made bakes for a MacMillan event, as her class organised a coffee morning which raised more than £350 for the charity. I made Blondies and they were one of the best bakes I have ever made, it was a BBC Good Food recipe, simple but so moreish. Little Miss made red velvet cupcakes with a very generous icing!
Finally, I created a fancy dress costume for my son’s school trip to a Victorian house where they took part in role plays in a school house, a kitchen etc.. I managed to find an old tweed cap in our dressing up box at work, so I borrowed it for the day, we had grey shorts and a white shirt and then I sourced a waistcoat in a charity shop. I have got some great fancy dress finds in charity shops. The costume looked great and only cost me £2.
September has generally been a sunny, warm month with the odd very cold and wet day randomly thrown into the mix. Its been a month for layers as you’re not sure how the weather will develop through the day. I did a little shopping trip and bought a stripy midi skirt from H&M, its not my normal style but I loved it when I tried it on and feel great wearing it. Clothes should always make you happy.
Most nights I listen to a podcast in bed and this month, I have discovered a new podcast, Books of Your Life with Elizabeth in which she invites a guest to recommend three books which they discuss. The recommendations have been really interesting and a few have been added to my to read list.
I’m looking forward to October as I finally get to enjoy my 2017 Christmas present from my parents, tickets to see Wicked. Its also half term and it will be good to relax and catch up with family and friends, my social life was put on hold in September as I was just too tired to go out, I’m feeling better now and have some dates pencilled in the diary, there’s lots to catch up on.
Thank you to Morgana for Little Loves