Wednesday, 24 August 2016

One Last More

This nicely constructed photo was taken today for facebook, where all is aligned and presentable. To the top right of this shot was a tent with camping chairs, homemade crochet blanket, scatter cushions and Trangia where we cooked our lunch in the hot summer sun. What you can't see are the wasps and boys begging to be allowed back inside to the cool and the X-Box.

One last more day of my summer holidays- I am back for staff days tomorrow."One last more" was what the boys always wanted at the park. One last more run around, one last more climb, one last more go on the rope thing that turns. We still say it now, mostly Prince Charming and I now that they are grown and cool and X-Boxed.

Last week we also experienced some sunny sun. It's not a summer requirement here in the Frozen North, and we do like to pounce on it with shorts and a determination to be outside. I dragged drove the boys all around Strangford Lough last Tuesday, starting our newly re-opened Aquarium. They have cleverly incorporated the area's Viking history into the first few rooms- Strangford is Old Norse for strong fjord. We were all of us, even the teenager, impressed. Exploris is right at the tip of the Ards Peninsula and the best thing to do next is to take the little car ferry across the Narrows to Strangford village.

This little ferry powers across the  lough. Because we were the lucky last car on, we couldn't see ahead, so we jumped out of the car to watch Portaferry surging away behind us. Prince Charming doesn't usually let us out because the crossing is so short, but the sunny sun was sunny and the holidays were coming to this end, and out we popped. Mattman was standing right in front of me, leaning back into a less and less frequent public hug, and I told him that this would be the last summer when he would be shorter than me. Another one last more!

Then next Tuesday, Jo will join his older brother at Big School. This has been his one last more summer as a Primary School boy. Goodness, how poignant has it all been! One last more cup of tea before bed, methinks- or maybe I should find some of my school clothes...

6 comments:

Angela said...

Oh, the thought of Jo moving on to big school...how time flies! There is always time for one last more cup of tea before bed in this house! Hoping the new term goes really well for one and all xx blessings and hugs xx

Angela said...

PS still waiting a drizzle cake recipe!

Pom Pom said...

One last more. I absolutely love that!
And because Angela drinks tea before bed I think I need a cuppa just before I begin preparing dinner.
I think you are so tender to hold these landmarks close to your heart, Mags. I remember the first post of your blog that I read and you spoke of trying not to yell. I loved you immediately!

GretchenJoanna said...

I'm so happy you wrote a blog post about all of this so we could share the bittersweet with you. (sigh) You should be proud of your dear boys, and I'm proud of you. Think of all the work and love you have poured out to bring them to yet another new beginning.

Oh, yes, I'm glad with you over the sunshine as well!

Kezzie said...

Wow, you have ALL big boys now!!!! I am glad you got some sunshine!!

M.K. said...

Glad you had a good summer! I envy you your cool weather there; we have been SO hot here all summer. We are all now back in the rat-race, aren't we? I like that phrase from your boys. One last more. Must remember that :)