I just love this autumnal weather. When it gets autumnal I like to wear autumnal colours and kick leaves and light candles and take photos of me wearing autumnal colours whilst I kick leaves and light candles. When I had my colours done at the children’s school fair, the representative from John Lewis said I was a Winter…but I know I’m an Autumn.
With my two children, absent husband, and a staff of three to manage, I can, like most women, feel overwhelmed.
Over the years, I’ve found a number of ways to unwind.
Book four nights away with the gals and a nearby country manor. You can save money by bringing your champagne and then treat yourself to the onsite pampering facilities.
We all know how long winter feels and how sad it is to see our St Tropez tans fade (the actual place, not the bottled one- imagine!). Winter is the time when true friends rally- don’t be afraid to reach out on the WhatsApp group and someone’s sure to lend you their holiday home.
A cashmere shawl, a new silk blouse, a leather bag: we deserve little treats now and then.
Nourish Your Body
Nibble a RAW Org fruit bar. They’re sugar-, dairy-, and preservative-free. Did you say organic…or orgasmic?!
Be kind to yourself
I always start my day by asking my family to tell me three things they love about me. It really helps the soul.
It comes as no surprise that our two are getting political- we pay enough for their schooling to secure a spot in Cabinet- but I’m so delighted they are getting involved at such a young age.
Both Nectar and Ambrose were passionate about joining the Climate Change strike today. Jeremy and I wrote letters of support to their housemasters after a tearful plea from both children.
Nectar sent us a photograph of the banner she’d made during GCSE Fabric Design classes. She was worried it wouldn’t travel well so I swung by school and picked the both up in the Landy to drop them at the march. I had a lovely mooch in John Lewis whilst they got it out of their system.
I’ve had loads of requests for this post – so many of you have DM’d me asking me for tips and hacks for how to survive a marriage where one commutes. I hope you find this as useful as I find my own advice.
Basics first- a small flat in the City. Jeremy has his little two-bedder near the office where he crashes four nights a week.
Live Near the Train Line
I made it clear I wasn’t willing to be chauffeur for the 6am train so J just takes his road bike down the hill to the station. Ideal for everyone!
Make the Weekends Count
After a full on week managing the au pairs and scheduling ski trips, I need my weekends to count. That’s why I always book in an hour’s Me Time for each day that starts with an S. (See my previous blog Remunerate to Rejuvinate)
Having a parent who is away from the family home most of the week can have a long term effect on children. This is why Jeremy and I never let a weekend past without texting them even though they’re not meant to have their phones at boarding school (don’t tell!).
Don’t you just love the summer? The smell of the hay being cut in the back field, the Aga finally being off, the vindication that you were right to buy a house with a pool. Glorious!
This summer is super special because Jeremy and I have both taken breaks from work so we can finally spend time together- something we rarely do. We’ve taken advantage of the kids being in Tennis Camp for the fortnight (check it out- http://www.tennisandbunkbeds.com/brutal – #afflink) and we’ve packed the Landie and heading off to Norfolk. Can’t wait! More in a post to follow!