On our way*

Laundry done, lists made and amended and amended again. The children have been taken into town to choose a new book each, not to be opened until we are on our way. Frocks have been deliberated over, bathers tried on for size, dark glasses packed against the bright Greek sun. I’ve taken most of the toys out of Ilse’s bag – the entertainments she packed just in case – and replaced them with smaller, more versatile playthings. A tin of coloured pencils. Her favourite teddy bear. And in the other children’s bags, something for all of them to share: a deck of cards, a rainbow of embroidery silks. A ball to inflate on the beach.

The garden is weeded, the hens cleaned out, a note rolled in a bottle for the milkman. Mother and Father have visited for full watering and hen-care instructions – without which we wouldn’t be able to go away at all. Sandals have been bought, or passed on, so that everyone has a pair that fits. I’ve made myself a double-sided hat to shade me from the sun: the others each have one from holidays past. Greek drachmas have been ordered and collected from the bank. Tickets and passports, checked and double-checked, await a final checking in the hall.

One more sleep, if you can persuade yourself to do such a thing with a head full of heroes and ruins. One more day of waiting. And then, almost unbelievably for the littler ones among us, we will be on our way.

 

* Actually, we have now been to Greece and back and had a really wonderful holiday, which I look forward to writing about next week. Oh, and I lost my hat. C’est la vie.

 

 

4 thoughts on “On our way*”

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I’m missing your postings! I hope all is well with you and yours. (And I apologize that this is the first time I’ve commented…I could never find the comments before!)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Bunnifer. I’m coming back, and can’t tell you how thrilled I was to find your comment. All’s well – it’s just been a momentous year. x

    1. Thanks, Katie – you’re absolutely right! The fabric I chose for this hat is leftovers from a sundress I made (and later made over into a tea dress…). Sadly I lost the hat on a Greek beach last summer, but the dress is still going strong. x

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