So that was summer

It’s been a while. I need to get back into the swing of blogging. I missed doing it over the summer months (even though I hadn’t fully got into a proper routine for doing it to start with!). We had a fun family summer and now it’s back to the old routine of work, school, ferrying our newly turned teenager around and trying to fit in time for Eldenwood Craft.

The two main highlights for me over the summer were our family holiday and the slow but steady growth of interest in Eldenwood Craft.

As a family we look forward to our annual camping trip to south west France so much. The anticipation builds during the spring months and then by the time the school holidays arrive we realise that actually we’ve got loads to do to get ready and not much time to do it in. We have the annual conversation about what we can leave behind to stop the car bursting at the seams and whether or not a trailer would be of any benefit (of course it would but I have yet to win that argument). We then pack exactly the same as we did the year before and drive the 12 hours or so it takes us to get down to the campsite. And then……..relax.

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imageimageI love to camp and there is little better in my view than waking up early and sitting outside the tent with a cup of tea, a book or my knitting, and listening to nothing. A campsite takes quite a while to get going in the morning and that first hour or so when most families are still inside their tents is just bliss. The silence is only interrupted by the birds, the occasional flip-flop clad passer by and the odd gentle snore from a neighbouring tent (not ours of course!). And then at the other end of the day, the peace that comes as the sun sets and the campsite goes to bed is equally as memory-making.

We never do anything particularly startling or adventurous while we are away. The odd trip out on a bike, or visit to Bordeaux, or to the beach to watch our daughter body board or learn to surf. But really we just enjoy the rare treat of being able to spend time together as a family. We have such busy lives the rest of the year, this is our one two-week spell for us as a threesome. We talk often of moving to this part of France, maybe when we retire, we love it so much. And it’s such a wrench to come home again, but home we must go and return to our normal lives. Until next year.

Back at home as I said there has been a bit of a swell of interest in Eldenwood Craft. I don’t know why, but I’m very happy about it. My shop has almost completely sold out of my knitting project bags and I am busily working on some more – so if you are interested keep an eye out for them soon. I will post updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so follow me there as well if you want to, it would be great to have you all on board! I also have three fairs booked in at the moment for the end of the year that I am busily making stock for, so it’s pretty full on at the moment. As ever if anyone has any specific requests, do just ask me.

So that was just a catch up really, on what has been going on here over the last couple of months. I think I needed to get this blog post done to spur me into more routine writing. I do enjoy it, even if no-one else reads it! So until next time, which I hope will be soon (I promised a tour of my Pinterst boards I think), enjoy the last few gasps of summer.

Emma x

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