Back To School We Go

I know there will be tonnes of back to school posts doing their rounds this week, and one kid in a school uniform looks pretty much the same as the next after a while. I saw too many of them on Facebook yesterday, and I promised my two that although I took a quick snap, it was not going to be posted on the big blue photo album in the sky.

The summer holidays have gone in a flash….when the boys were younger I used to wonder how I could entertain them for six weeks, but this year as Boy2 prepared to start comprehensive school and Boy1 his final school year, their independence took on a new dimension.

Boy1 has become much more confident on a mountain bike for a start, and since riding more trails with his dad, has ventured out to ride the new local Cognation trails alone. It’s a bit scary, letting your 15 year old go riding up a mountain on his own. However, there are lots of others out riding and I ask him to call me on his mobile once he reaches the top!

Boy2 has just moved up a size and is starting to enjoy the Rookie trails….and me, although I enjoy biking, I’m a bit of a scardy cat when it comes to the real off-road stuff. I may get left behind soon if I don’t get my act together.

We’ve done much more walking together as a family this summer and started to discover the Brechfa forest along with our favourite pub/restaurant, The Halfay Inn in Natgaredig which is conveniently close to Brechfa. And the wet suits were also dusted off for the usual surfing at Aberavon beach…..

Surfing at Aberafan
Surfing at Aberafan

Music has featured highly this summer, with Boy 1 forming a band and Boy 2 starting drums lessons. We’ve also rediscovered vinyl and Dad’s old record collection, which (since they love 70’s rock) is really cool 😉

Boy 1 plays guitar and drums, but unfortunately for us, he’s a drummer in this band …. and, as we have the drums at our house …. I’ll leave it to your imagination.

All in all, we’ve had a lovely summer holiday, had a great week at Center Parcs and I’ve managed to keep up to date with work (always a bonus). In fact, I am quite sad at the empty house this morning ….. and shall look forward to the next holiday. When is half term?

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