OTHER MATTERS

Firstly to the Other Matters, namely the horrendous attack in Barcelona a few days ago. My heart goes out to all those affected by this awful attack. No words to describe the horror. My son was staying in exactly that area just last week with a bunch of friends and I had written about the anger of locals towards their increased tourism. Now, we are looking at an entirely different picture with unimaginable sorrow.

It’s so hard worrying about your children when they get to the age that they are able to travel without you. You can no longer protect them from danger and you have to let go to a ridiculous level that allows you to at least get some sleep at night. All you can do is hope that they don’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time because the worst thing to do is to try and stop them from going out into the big wide world. They have to experience the world just as you did. All I do is give them a long list of advice ranging from what to do should lightening strike (can never remember), to what to do in a terrorist attack (who knows?) but they don’t think anything is ever going to happen to them anyway – nor should they. Those poor people caught up in the attack were living their lives as they should have been and it’s just so sad, reading all the individual human stories.

It’s the total eclipse of the sun today – wish I was in the USA – I’d love to see that.

I do hope that for all of those worryingly waiting for exam results you have been pleasantly surprised….and not had notes like this:-

exam letter

exam letter

FAMILY AFFAIRS

There’s hardly anyone around at the moment. I currently have one child in Italy, another at a festival and one roaming London as I write. Danger galore! I’d love to lock them all in a cocooned room in my house or put them back in their cots, but my job is done and now they’re all off discovering the wonders of the world. But as a result, I seem to be the only one who hasn’t had a holiday this summer and I AM STUCK AT HOME. There are too many comings and goings with my children to have found a time to go off together and chill. Each of them have their own plans, but there always seems to be a reason for me to be at home. This week I’m staying put because it’s the last week I will have in the house with my firstborn before he moves out into a house with friends. I will really miss him – it’s been such a pleasure having him live with me for so long (eight years longer than I lived with my parents, although that includes his three years at uni, when he was back quite a bit), but it’s the right time for him. He’s moving together with three great friends and they will have a ball no doubt and learn all about how much it costs to be a grown up in the big wide world. They can barely afford it, but they’ll no doubt stay in more and party at home (poor new neighbours). I’m just a bit worried that, given my lack of skills as a cook, I won’t even be able to entice him home for a decent home cooked meal!

That said, I actually love London in August, it’s so quiet and you can get a seat on the train. I’m planning to do a few theatre visits and gallery visits – the kids will go to the Notting Hill Carnival (which is another worry) and here are a few things I’ve done that I’d highly recommend:-

Girl From The North Country – currently on at the Old Vic and incredible. Read any of the write-ups – they all give it 5 stars – a timeless ode to Bob Dylan with the most extraordinary talent involved. The lead, who plays a wife with early onset dementia is astonishing.

Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V & A – meant to be amazing

Underbelly Festival at the Southbank – I saw a gay burlesque show there last week which was brilliant called Briefs: Close Encounters – a group of Aussie blokes all strutting their stuff and being funny with it.

The Ferryman – more tickets available as it’s moved to the Gielgud Theatre and it’s meant to be brilliant – going to see it this week

The Gruffalo – this is at Richmond Theatre and if you have any 3-6 year olds that need entertaining then this is a great production.

It would have been my father’s 77th birthday tomorrow, so I’m off to spend it with my mother who misses him hugely – we all do. We will drink a toast to him and reminisce and at the weekend we are doing a little family party which will no doubt look a little like this…a messy group!

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Family photo 1

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Family photo 5

Happy August everyone! Enjoy the rest of the summer x

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  1. We need to meet up. I think I am on your train line.

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