Posted by: christinelaennec | July 7, 2011

Summer holidays!

School’s out now and we’re already nearly a week into the summer holidays.  How did that happen?  True to her word, the Dafter has been spending hours making amazing sketches.  I’ve been sifting old boxes of keepsakes and letters, and other jobs that I’ve been wanting to do for about the past five years.  And we’ve had a good time relaxing, especially on days when I don’t have to work.

front garden in early July

Sunday we had amazing weather, for Aberdeen.  It was about 25 degrees (high 70s), hardly any wind, and sunny!  Or, as people would say here, hot.  Our downstairs neighbour, bless her, set up a water slide for the kids, and they had a great time:

Early July summer fun

We are very lucky to have such good neighbours.

The weather hasn’t been relentlessly warm and sunny.  Yesterday it rained most of the day.  But the rain brings its own rewards, sometimes:

Early July rainbow, Aberdeen. I wonder who lives in the house at the end of the rainbow?

And I’ve been enjoying the light summer nights:

Early July sunset - taken about 10:20 pm I think. Aberdeen, Scotland.

The biggest treat of all has been being able to SLEEP past 6:15 a.m.!



  1. Beautiful pictures Christine, enjoy your summer holiday, and try to find that pot of gold 🙂


  2. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying your summer break, Christine. And, not one rainbow, but two. Fabulous!

  3. i love those Scottish summer night skies. i also would say 25 and no wind was hot. we were close to 30C here yesterday and i would say that is ridiculous. i’m not one for the heat, i’m afraid. i hope you have a lovely summer . 🙂

  4. Happy summer holidays! Could you convince Dafter to show off some of her drawings? I’m dead curious!

  5. Lovely photos, christine, I especially love the sunset over the buildings with all the chimneys! And the Rainbows….sigh Hope you are enjoying more nice weather and all those keepsakes and letters. xx Karen

  6. Oh yes, sleeping till after 6-ish is blissful! Even tho the one weekend of hot and dry weather was obviously our lot for the summer. I have so many things stored up to do in 3 weeks of stay-at-home holiday that I don’t know what to do first. Jam-making, tidying out, gardening, decorating…Daughter has started the holidays with a Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition in the Cairngorms, T in the Park, and now preparing for her French exchange partner to arrive on Thursday for 10 days. I think we’re both longing for lazy days in the back garden in the sun. Your back garden idyll is reminding me to slow down and savour this time.

  7. Dear All,
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments!

    Erna – I will definitely keep an eye out!

    Martin – thank you!

    ajb – I’m surprised that you’d agree 25 C is “hot” but certainly if it ever hit 30 here in Aberdeen half the population would be suffering heat stroke.

    Mags – I have already suggested that the Dafter might want to share some of her drawings with the blogosphere towards the end of the holidays, and I’ll let her know you like that idea as well. Thanks!

    Karen – Yes, I have really enjoyed going through the letters. There’s something about “hearing” the voices of those who have gone on that’s especially wonderful. I’ve shed a few tears and had some lovely surprises and reminders.

    Linda – You sound like me – three weeks off work and I have a list as long as both my arms! I hope you have some “lazy days” on your list. And I hope you’re enjoying your French visitor. Today in Aberdeen was lovely, warm and sunny. The rains of a few days ago that flooded Edinburgh made me very sorry for the folks in those pretty basement flats that you showed us not long ago. I hope you stayed dry.

  8. Hope you are enjoying your break Christine. Give me a shout when you are coming up here – I think I gave you my number, but easily done if not

  9. Beautiful photos!
    Your garden is gorgeous, so lush and green.
    Glad you are enjoying your Summer 🙂

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