Anna Mincham on life as a wife and mum of three in Gerrards Cross
SUMMER is my favourite time of the year, all 24 hours of it, or so it seems. Have we had it yet, does anyone know? It seems to be nonexistent. As I type, a heat wave is forecast, just as well it’s supposed to stretch over the weekend, as this full time work force member can’t remember what the sun looks or feels like on an all-day weekend jolly with the children, hence the scarily pasty white classic office worker’s skin, that is also clearly subjected to air con.
No chance of even a little suntan as of yet. Humph.
As the summer solstice is fast approaching, meaning the nights will start drawing in again (sorry!), this pale and pasty face would like to know if the recent wind and rain will ever disappear for long enough periods.
If it did, it could make way for the intended summer and accompanying evenings sitting in the garden sipping Pimms – no wait, there goes my dream again, we have older children thrown into the evening mix, the tranquil setting is also nonexistent!
The trusty log burner was lit on the first day of June and even the dogs were battling for prime position in front of it – how is that right?
The cosy fluffy blankets have remained a feature in the lounge, and the summer wardrobe is still tucked away in storage – in part, this is due to lack of time to fish it all out from the full-to-bursting eaves storage, and of course, the mammoth box is right at the back, where else would it be?
Why do I possess so many summer clothes for a part of the world where there really isn’t that much opportunity to parade around in them?
So currently, no picnics are planned, despite new rugs having been purchased in preparation, or more accurately, anticipation.
The household’s soon-to-be birthday girl (the four-going-on-15 year-old daughter) has her party firmly arranged at an indoor venue, just in case.
I live in hope of seeing some sun before the forecasters predict another nonexistent Indian summer, or perish the thought, another freezing cold winter.