The final week before work beckons and we returned home to autumnal weather. Some of the week was inevitably spent getting everyone ready for the return to school and my eldest daughter starting high school. A few dramas around starchy school shirts, new shoes suddenly less comfortable than when they were bought at Clarks a matter of days earlier(!) and learning how to tie her tie. Everyone was eventually packed off with smiles on their faces (and perhaps a little tear from me that Lottie didn’t want me to even walk her to the bus stop).
We also squeezed in a brilliant trip back to our old home for a few days in Carshalton (south London) staying with various friends. A slightly chaotic three days of children staying in various different spots with their old besties. We threw in a few more dog walks, a bit of gardening and the occasional glance at the number of emails that had stacked up in the inbox.