Summer snapshots

central London skyline

WHERE has the time gone? In less than two weeks, the holidays will be over. My baby boy will start school. The nights will be closing in, and leaves will begin to drift steadily towards the ground…

As with every holiday (and as is only right when you have a four- and two-year-old to entertain all day), I’ve found little time for blogging. Which is a shame, as we’ve done loads of stuff….so I thought I’d drop a few pictures here, with some words, to capture a selection of memorable moments from our Summer 2014.

Trip to Daddy’s office

D works close to Charing Cross. One sunny day, we boarded the train, and headed into town to hang out near the Queen’s residence.

central London

The view from D’s office is awe-inspiring. On some days, this part of London looks picture-book perfect.

St James Park, London

St James’ Park has a well-equipped playground (complete with wooden snails), which we found was a good place to pause amidst the sightseeing.


(I was going to post some pictures of Buckingham Palace here, but Gwen seems to have developed an irrational terror of the Queen. So all the shots involved her trying to scoot away, in horror, from the official residence….)

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

D took a couple of days off work towards the end of the holiday, so that we could each spend a day with one of the children. On ‘Mummy and Gwen’ day, I took my daughter to Tate Modern. We found a little corner in the Matisse-inspired children’s activity room, and she spent a good twenty minutes pushing little bit of coloured plastic around on the lightbox.

Tate ModernScience Museum

Science Museum

On ‘Austin-and-Mummy’ day, we headed over to museumland in South Kensington. It’s the other side of town from us, so I was gearing myself up for a day of exhaustion, and fractured nerves. But, despite the long journey there and back, it was surprisingly relaxing. Austin was so absorbed by the interactive displays – properly engaging with them, without veering off into tussles with other children over whose turn it was to operate the water chutes – that I found myself able to perch on the sidelines, occasionally shouting words of encouragement.

Science Museum

the water play area was a clear winner. Happy beaming faces all round (and a sneaky coffee for Mummy)

We even found time, at the end of the day, to pop to the local library so Austin could complete his reading challenge and tell the staff there about the sixth book he’s read over the Summer.

I only wish I could be there in the school Assembly (one of his first ever) when he’s presented with his certificate….*sobs quietly into hankie*

Gruffalo Trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Gruffalo Trail

The weather was foul on Monday, but we decided to drive out to Kent anyway, to look for the Gruffalo as planned. And I’m soooo glad we did. Although we were thoroughly soggy by the end, it was nothing a hot chocolate and a gingerbread man couldn’t sort out. And it beat staying indoors all day with CBeebies.

We did lots, lots, lots more. Tons of playdates, trips to the park, crafty sessions, and even (yesterday) a stint at mud-pie making.

I would say that I’m sorry I’ve been so busy with all this holiday activity, that I haven’t had time to blog properly about it.

Only, I’m not.


  • Otilia
    August 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I love seeing pictures from someones holiday because it shows their true colours and happy smiles. Water play is always a winner in our house too even with adults!

  • Sonia
    August 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Absolutely lovely photos! The first two are just so gorgeous! It looks like you have been having fun this summer 🙂

  • agatapokutycka
    August 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Good or you to take time off and spend it with your family. After all holidays are only once a year… summer one, at least 🙂

  • vicky myers
    August 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Sounds like you have had a fab summer, I love the fact you each got a day out with each child:)

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog
    August 28, 2014 at 1:45 am

    This summer has flown by super fast! I absolutely love your photos, looks like you had quite the summer!

  • Mums do travel
    August 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Funny that Gwen has developed a queen phobia – I hope she gets over it! It sounds like you’ve had a lovely summer. I’ve found it hard to keep up with the blog during the holidays too, but I’d much rather be spending time with the kids than writing when they’re not at school.

    • Nell
      August 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Yes, I think she was convinced the queen was a fictional character in a Peppa Pig book. She was shocked to hear she’s real!

  • Michelle Murray
    September 2, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Looks like you have had a nice summer and enjoyed the time with your little ones. Sad that summer is over already, can’t believe it’s back to school!

  • Sophie at Franglaise Cooking
    September 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I think summer is all about switching off and taking some time out with the kids – it looks like you had a fab time over the holidays 🙂 Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics of our beautiful London and your beautiful kids!


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