Thursday, 19 August 2010

Summer Holidays


I've got two weeks off work, hurray! Actually, I like my job, so I don't mind being there at all, but it's so good to have two weeks when I can get up and mooch around, doing exactly as I like with no time constraints. Bliss.

The first few days have been a little manic, but we've had a couple of meals out here and here; I've started, and finished (at 3am in the morning) Lesley Pearse's wonderful book, Stolen, and am now reading, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, which I've had for a while and wasn't so sure I'd enjoy until Gerry (my aunt) mentioned how good it was. I'm loving it.

Apart from eating - have also discovered Galaxy Counters - they're far too morish - and reading, and generally lazing about, I want to take in a few sights that I don't usually have time to see. It's always fun going out with my daughter, and also my son, who I want to make the most of seeing before he returns to uni with his lovely girlfriend - she's staying with us at the moment.

I'm going to give myself a couple of days mooching around in the garden, and then it's on with a book I started several months ago, but had to leave to edit a couple of others. Can't wait. I love being in the shed, especially on warm days when I can open both the front doors, lean back in my ancient, pink Lloyd Loom chair and smell the rosemary growing nearby as I gaze out through the trees into the garden. Sigh.

That said, it would be nice if the weather remembered this is August, A-U-G-U-S-T! I thought it was supposed to be a sunny month. So far, there's been a couple of summery days, but not nearly enough. Is there such thing as a sun dance?

28 comments:

Chris Stovell said...

Your shed sounds so lovely - you always send contented vibes when you write about it. I've got GL&PPPS sitting here too - keep putting off starting it so will read soon.

MadlyBumBle said...

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society is one of my favourite books, I enjoyed every minute of reading it! I have been trying to be good and not by myself some Galaxy Counters, but, I don't think that will last long :-)
Hugs
Beth xx

Queenie said...

Your blog looks great, I like the new look. Have fun in your shed.

Denise said...

Plus you've had time for a blog makeover, looks lovely. I'm deeply envious of your 2 weeks off, though if I can just struggle to the end of this week I've got next week off too!

Maybe I should use some of the time to do something about our garden, I'm always very envious of yours. Mine has lots of space and nothing much in it. Maybe I need a shed...

Lane said...

OOh you've had the decorators in. Very nice indeed.

I've had GL&PPPS on my pile for ages now but I never seem to pick it up. It's not like I've read any bad reviews of it.

Enjoy your time off. And I hope the sun remembers it's August!

Phillipa said...

Have a great holiday, Debs. P x

Bluestocking Mum said...

Yes, the blog looks great - bright and cheery.

Hope you have a lovely couple of weeks, whatever the weather it will be good to be off.

Enjoy!
xx

Melissa Marsh said...

Ooh, I love the new look of the blog, Debs! And I'm so glad you love the The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society book. It's terrific!

Enjoy every minute of your vacation!

KarenG said...

Ahh, your two weeks sounds absolutely delightful. I hope it warms up for you. I've not read the Potato .... book yet. When I heard it was a series of letters I was very turned off as I don't care for that format in a book. But I love the title!

TOM FOOLERY said...

Enjoy your time off m'dear and the chocs :) TFX

Carol said...

Enjoy your time off work my dear...it certainly sounds like your planning to make the most of it!

C x

HelenMHunt said...

I am so envious of your pink lloyd loom chair, in your shed gazing over the garden. It sounds like bliss.

Bernadette said...

Sounds like a great holiday you have planned. I hope the weather plays fair for you, but if not, enjoy it anyway.

(I'm sure I've heard of a sun dance involving a lot of lying down and eating chocolate...)

RachTroy said...

Have just got my copy of Stolen by Lesley Pearse and cant wait to go to bed to read tonite! Enjoy your holidays :-)

Kath said...

I love the new blog look. I feel like I'm in your garden, I can almost smell the rosemary!

You're clearly a woman with impeccable taste if your chocolate of choice is Galaxy Counters so I may have to get myself a copy of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. I keep hearing good things about it.

Enjoy your holidays!

Gran said...

Have a wonderful vacation!

penandpaints said...

Enjoy your time off! I'll join you in a sun-dance, I think August has forgotten how to be August.

Debs said...

Thanks for all your complimentary comments. I'm now getting used to being green, instead of pink and it certainly goes a little better with the shed, although not the Lloyd Loom chair, of course.

Loving The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. This book gets better and better and really is one to try and read. x

Pauline Barclay said...

Hope you are having a fabby holiday...enjoy those Galaxy chocs....just thinking about them is makeing my mouth water.
x

Debs said...

pauline - those Galaxy Counters are heavenly. I daren't buy any more, for a day at least, as will want to eat the lot.

Loving having time off. x

Joanne Fox said...

Have a happy and productive holiday! Your shed sounds so lovely, I'm sure I'd never get a scrap of work done in such a relaxing spot.

DJ Kirkby said...

Oooh enjoy your indulgent hol. Are you going to do NaNo again this year? I'm hoping to enjoy it more this year than last when I got sidetracked by swine flu!

Debs said...

joanne - I'm not doing very much today, mainly gazing out of the doors and contemplating. I do love it though.

dj - yes, I think I might do it. It was sometimes hard keeping up that word count every day, but I have a book I want to get working on and think this might be the perfect incentive to get some of it written. Glad you'll be doing it again too.

Talli Roland said...

Every time I come to your blog, I fantasize about your shed (that's not as dirty as it sounds, promise). Your vacation time sounds fab. I'll do a sun-dance for both of us!

Debs said...

Talli - It is a fab little shed and I do love being in here, so calming.

Hope your sun-dance works soon.

Anna said...

LOVE the new blog look! Also a great book you're reading, I enjoyed it!

Have a very lovely break, and may the writing be all yours!!

Suzanne Jones said...

Sorry, Debs - missed this post. But if I had seen it in time I would have wished you a happy holiday.

XX

Debs said...

anna - glad you like it, I do too now, though I wasn't sure at first.

I'm enjoying my break, and loving having so much time to write thanks to the lousy weather and not wanting to be outside.

suzanne - many thanks.