Seasonal Rituals // September…


So, Summer is behind us… the holidays anyway.  The boys are back at school, starting the new school year with sharpened pencils and new shoes.  Blonde locks have been cut (a little) and we’ve begun the routine of early bedtimes, and reading.
I am already missing those un-rushed days. Days without structure, routine or deadlines. The gentle flow, of hours unfolding.  I shall miss their wildness, their feral mud streaked faces. The grazed knees, nettle stung ankles. Bruises. Purple stained blackberry fingers. Pockets filled with stones, sticks slung over shoulders. The whoops and hollers. The noise…. maybe, even that.

Pancakes in the morning. Ice-cream for lunch. Popcorn for tea. Sea salt hair. Sand in everything. Their camaraderie, their song, their silly stories. Super soakers, Pokemon hunting.
School will take these boys of mine… scrubbed fresh, wearing royal blue, hidden festival arm bands on wrists, so eager to tell their tales of summer. But they are ready to go, so looking forward to seeing their friends…
Summer is over for another year, this leaves me blue, but I do love September for it’s fresh start. A new notebook and planning new adventures. So much to do…

This post was originally written in September 2014 – it is as relevant now as it was then. It’s nice to look back too. I hope you like it.  Why not follow my SEPTEMBER board on Pinterest for more inspiration…

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • Wonderful post, just wanted to say I have loved reading about your summer adventures, your photos capture the essence of your words beautifully, nostalgic, my 2 are young adults now but we still manage the odd adventure together. Xxx

  • I I know where you’re coming from Lou, my girl starts Y6 tomorrow so this felt like her last summer hols as a little girl! The flip flops are away and shoes are polished!

  • I would be happy with a new notebook as well. My boys are off to school tomorrow, it’s hard to let them go isn’t it. CJ xx

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