That step up is doubly so in my household, as both children are changing schools – one is off to High School and the other starts Middle School, which means anxious times for me for the first week or so until they settle in.
In some ways their return to school is a relief; with all the building work taking place in our house at the moment it has sometimes been difficult to find a space for ourselves and the house is chaotic – at the moment most of my larder is in our front porch!
I’m pleased to report that all of the local tradespeople working on our project have done an excellent job and we can see real progress now – the extension is built and we now have a completely new central heating system. By the time you read this all of the plastering should be finished and we will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of our decorators and garden landscaper, with the new kitchen coming shortly afterwards.
At least the weather has been fairly good over this summer so we have managed to get outdoors to escape the dust. My husband Mark enjoyed a walk to Davidson’s Linn in the Cheviots, which was described by Geoff Holland in our June issue; this month Geoff is sharing upper Coquetdale with the military (see here). I have to say I much prefer the sound of Terry Took’s visit to Sydney during his tour of Australia (see here).
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by Carol Robinson