Summer on the farm…

So here we are in the holidays, lots of things for the kids to do and no time or money to take them to do any of them! Top time for parental guilt, nagging etc. I am actually taking holiday in the school holidays this year for the first time in a while, and looking forward to 10 days en-famille in Dorset. In the meantime I am taking some time off when I can to be around and give my husband a break. 

My new job is really interesting and challenging and I am enjoying the new working environment. Its an open-plan office with everyone hotdesking and lots of lockers to put your personal things in. I am a cycling convert, although bit tired tonight after cycling to 2 different meetings. 

I am not missing driving as much as I did, not least as I am in the middle of an insurance claim following a crash two years ago. Cycling has it’s hairy moments too, the other day someone opened their passenger door as I was about to go past, and had to stop very quickly. York’s not bad for cycle lanes but they tend to stop after a point and then you join the traffic just as the car behind you would dearly like to overtake you.

The upside though is the exercise and fresh air, which is definitely doing me good. If you water a plant every day it grows if its in the right soil and conditions, and I think exercise is the same. Little and often works better than one off gym classes.

We are moving on in our family as my little brother got married earlier this month and that will be the last big party at my parents house, as they are selling up. It feels quite weird, as they’ve had it for 30 years, and I have alot of memories there. Not least of being bored in the summer holidays and nagging my mum for things to do! (This usually involved picking fruit!) I had a picture of me and my brother and sister with mum and dad sitting on a hay bale which I took with me on my travels when I left home. 

I guess there is just a time for everything, and knowing how to let go and move onto the next phase is really important I think. It reminds me of this passage….

Ecclesiastes 3

King James Version (KJV)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.