It was while attending my first ever pilates class and right between pretending to be a hibernating turtle stretching out of a cosy shell and being a balanced, feet clapping seal that it occurred to me that it is time to give some real thought to what I want for half term.
So to apply the wheelbarrows metaphor, it is time to get clear about what goes in my wheelbarrow next week. With two half-term sapped and fairly drowsy children, here is my thinking so far:
:: Hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.
:: At least one loooong session of leaves kicking and puddle jumping.
:: Pumpkin carving and Halloween decoration.
:: A pyjama day or two.
:: Meet up with friends we don’t see very often.
:: Meet up with friends we see all the time.
:: Calm autumnal music on the stereo: I am thinking Agnes Obel, Hayley Westenra and Alicia Keys will fit the bill.
:: Cook a few new dishes for dinner to serve with some home-made bread.
:: Finish unfinished projects in at least one room.
:: Explore one or two new places we have never been to before.
:: Crafting. Fortunately we are well stocked when it comes to fabrics, beads, paints, stamps, cardboard.
:: Daytime watching of the Great British Bake off wearing woolly socks and snuggled up under blankets.
:: Freshen up tired flower pots.
A bit of paint, plant and grocery shopping (must not forget the marshmallows) and we will be ready for half term on our terms.
Wishing you one as well. Happy half-term.