It's now September first, and for me that means the end of the six week summer holiday. I go back to work on Thursday, although the children have another week off, so I won't meet my new class and start teaching them until the following Monday. My husband is very jealous of this; he goes back to work tomorrow and starts teaching on Tuesday. He did start his summer earlier than me, so it's only fair.
It's been a good summer. We haven't been away as we've spent all our money on decorating the house, but it's been good to finally have some time in our new home and get everything the way we want it to be. I've been able to lie in, relax and read to my heart's content, which has been very good for me as 2013 has been a tough year so far, for a range of reasons. I definitely needed to step back, recharge my batteries and look after myself.
Although it's still warm, autumn is approaching - we were able to go blackberrying earlier today. I love blackberries and we're lucky enough to live on the edge of several miles of countryside that has been allowed to be wild that is just full of blackberries. I plan to eat some, freeze some and then use the rest to make a blackberry and apple pie or crumble (depending on how much effort I want to put into it!).
As for next week, I plan to enjoy my three days at home before going back to work on Thursday. RIP VIII started today, so I've got some great books lined up. Plus, with all that extra summer reading, I have quite a few reviews to write and schedule!
This week, I've been reading: