Friday, 5 September 2008

Hearing the silence



Just a quickie today. The girls are back at school, the house is quiet save for the sound of the persistent rain against the windows. I've spent two days now tidying and cleaning away all signs of the holidays. Now and again I stop and listen, but no giggles, no singing, no squabbling. No little sister up at the crack of dawn, no big sister lying languidly in bed at midday, no lazy days doing as we please - a week at the beach, an awfully big camping adventure, trips to visit friends in new places. No listening as the fridge and kitchen cupboard doors are opened in constant search of carbohydrates and no more getting dressed as and when we feel like it.



It may not have been the sunniest of summers but thank you girls for giving us so many warm memories - girly tea parties, endless "mum dancing", book and cuddle sharing, junping into cold, cold seas on warm, warm days, late nights watching favourite films, late nights listening to the animals chewing at our tent and late nights walking across the fields gazing at the stars. Thank you.

I will be back next week when the silence isn't so loud. Have a good weekend, enjoy it.

30 comments:

MelMel said...

Good afternoon!

Lovely post!
Sweet school hol memories!

Rain here too! how annoying!
Still saves watering the garden!

Have you seen Hen houses blog she went to a CK shop.....omgosh...amazing...i've looked 4 times, is that a bit OCD????

Nearly school pick up time!

xxx

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MelMel said...

Sorry sent the same one twice...hhmmmmm!x

Among the Hedgerows said...

Have a lovely weekend, Kim!
xo,
Lynda

MelMel said...

Did you find your award?xxxxxxx

Thimbleanna said...

If you could only send some of your rain our way. It's been raining all around us but we seem to be in a deprived pocket -- very dry here! Beautiful post, as always!

MaryPoppins said...

What lovely words Kim and such delightful photographs, may I be rude and ask what camera you use, I have a good Sony digital and am now ready to upgrade, I take photographs of my friends children and frame them and give as presents, I would really love a Digital SLR and am going to write to Father christmas, oops is that allowed, I have a two year old at home, so not quite quiet enough
Take Care Mary x

Cowboys and Custard said...

Dear M.... I have thought many a time over these last few weeks of tempestuous weather.. how magical and charmed your daughter's childhood is ..made so, by a very special, loving and nurturing mother..

D Xx
P.s Is that some sort of cryptic message?

Simone said...

I have just had the gentle hum of the computer to listen to today. The sound of silence can be golden, overwhelming and downright eerie at times. I hope the house isn't too silent for you next week when you get back into the swing of things.

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Just you wait till you have an empty nest.... that's not easy at all.But you do learn to cope and get a new routine for yourself.
Have a good weekend
Diane

This Vintage Life... said...

Won't your girls have lots of lovely memories of their holidays when they're all grown up?
I remember lots of books being read, picnics in the park, tadpoling, filling the paddling pool (it would take hours!) and making dens out of my Dads stepladders and an old sheet.
Thank you for your kind words today Kim. Hope you all have a lovely weekend...stay dry!
Best wishes,
Deb x

Kitschen Pink said...

Hope the silence is less deafening soon. Not long until half term is what I say! t.xx

Andylynne said...

I have just caught up on your flowers :). I love the first photo in this post it's beautiful. sounds as if today is, reflections of good times and wonderful holidays with the family. I like how you describe the silence. So different than what I think of as silence . I live alone with a cats, and dogs. So human voices are mostly lacking from day to day routine at home. I do love people and but still love going "home" it is safe and secure. If there were people there that would be fine. But home is home for me, and I love it. Your post made me think of home, and how all of us relate to how and where and with who, we live. Thanks for sending me on a mental reflection.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

What an idyllic summer you describe!

julia said...

Sounds like the perfect summer whatever the weather! I think we're all experts now in the quick putting on and removing of raincoats and setting forth no matter what the day brings!
Julia xx

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aahh such sweet summertime memories. Enjoy the Autumn days Kim
love Alison x

Isabelle said...

You cannot imagine how much I too would love to be in a silent house waiting for my children coming home with all their tales. But alas, it's only the cats who get to appreciate the silence. I'm out there teaching... And only one of my children is still at home.

And we have the rain too.

Ah well.

silverpebble said...

Lovely post - I would welcome a little silence at the moment but you sound rather sad about yours - it sounds as though you had magical times during the holidays.

Emma Herian said...

I love your last pic- sweet. I will be joining you in that silence on Monday, can't belive that day will be here soon, booo hooo! I have decided that we should go for walks together when the children are at school and find our perfect lavander field. What do you think? Look forward to that coffee, bring tissues!
xxEm

Cathy said...

Monday is my first day of silence as I've been working this week, so haven't been home alone yet. I always have mixed feelings about the start of term. I hope next week you find that 'silence is golden'. It sounds like you had a lovely summer.
Cathy X

periwinkle said...

Hmmm back to the old/new routines... love the old letters
lisa x

Garden Girl said...

it sounds like you all have a fabulous girlie time of it. Memories are made of this...x

Clover Yard said...

Ahh, what a lovely ode to your summer hols Kim. Sounds like there was a richness to it despite the weather. And that picture at the top is just beautiful.
Carolx

Mary-Laure said...

I loved all those powdery shades of pink in the top picture...

Katherines Dream said...

It is so nice to read that you really enjoy your daughters Kim. I enjoyed every moment with mine and still do... have a good week Kim. Carol x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Kim - enjoy the silence.
My eldest daughters seem to be home for good....so there never seems to be many quiet moments!......
I'm glad that you all enjoyed the summer holidays, rain or no rain!
Niki x

Linda said...

Hi Kim,
I love lazy school holidays, I know what you mean about how quite it is when the children are at school, but at least I am able to keep my house clean for a couple of hours when they are at school.
Cheers Linda

Petticoat Lane said...

What a lovely post...I had a very happy childhood full of lovely memories and feel it's so, so important to give my children the same special times to remember forever. That's what I love about blogging, all those happy memories are there for them to look back on, complete with our thoughts on how special they were to us and how fun our days spent together were...

Carol said...

What beautiful photos! Between the name of your blog, mine, and my Ragamuffin dolls...I just HAD to take a peak! I love it!! I'll be back!!

Cheers!

Carol

Suzie Sews said...

Oh It sounds like summer over over here, how are you doing, man how I am missing those happy happy days, even when the kids play up its so much better than this silence...so pleased you had a wonderful summer. Back to the crafting for me...